Office of Church Relations. Collection of the Office of Church Relations, 1987-Ongoing.

GACA Collection 179



Office of Church Relations.  Collection of the Office of Church Relations, 1987-Ongoing.  GACA Collection 179.  1 Hollinger box.


ABSTRACT:

The Office of Church Relations collection contains materials created by this office at Gustavus Adolphus College.  This includes the Gustavus Spire, a publication for communicating with affiliated congregations, beginning in the 1980s, and minutes and memorandum from the Committee on Church Relations from 1985.  There is also information pertaining to the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations, consisting of annual convention programs, membership and delegate handbooks, and some audio cassettes.  Gustavus Adolphus College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).


ORGANIZATIONAL NOTE:

The Office of Church Relations, coordinator of the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations, serves to support the connection between the college and the church.

“Gustavus is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) which participates in the governance of the college through an Association of Congregations. The Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations consists of approximately 500 ELCA churches that meet annually to elect the college's Board of Trustees. The office of Church Relations coordinates the Association convention and provides many Resources for Association members.”

*Taken from Office of Church Relations website

“The ELCA merger of 1988 brought together nearly 30 Lutheran colleges and universities previously governed by the ALC and LCA under a variety of arrangements. When the new denomination was formed, each college was asked to choose one of three groups to approve their trustees; the National Church Convention, a regional Synod convention, or an Association of Congregations convention. Gustavus, of course, chose the latter option, and in 1989 the Association of Congregations was formed.

Currently there are over 500 members of the Association, the largest of its kind in the ELCA. The Association of Congregations elects the board of trustees at its annual convention in April, and its congregations serve as the college's primary connection to the church.”

*Taken from the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations website

The Gustavus Spire is a newsletter for the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations.  It serves as a means for communicating with pastors and lay people of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in hopes of increasing Church relatedness to the college, defining their common mission, and giving information and short news items that would be of interest to parishes.


PUBLICATION NOTE:

This publication is different from The Gustavus Adolphus College Spire.


RESTRICTIONS:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of the College Archives, the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library, and Gustavus Adolphus College.


COLLECTION CITATION:

Office of Church Relations.  Collection of the Office of Church Relations, 1987-Ongoing. GACA Collection 179.  Gustavus Adolphus College Archives, St. Peter, Minnesota.


PROCESSED BY:

Adrianna Darden processed this collection and developed the finding aid during February 2010.


SUBJECT HEADINGS:

Publications -- Minnesota -- Gustavus Adolphus College.
The Gustavus Spire.
Gustavus Adolphus College.  Office of Church Relations.
Gustavus Adolphus College.  Association of Congregations.
Sound recordings.

 

 

 

GACA Collection 179

Box

Folder

The Gustavus Spire, 1980s

1

1

The Gustavus Spire, 1990s

1

2

The Gustavus Spire, 2000s

1

3

The Gustavus Spire, 2010s

1

4

Congregational Resources, 1990-91, 1998-2002

1

5

Gustavus Mini College, 1991

1

13

Committee on Church Relations, Memorandum, February-March 1985

1

14

Committee on Church Relations, Minutes, March 1985

1

15

Committee on Church Relations, Amended and revised constitutions and articles of incorporation, 1985

1

16

Earthbound: Created + Called To Care for Creation, 2009  (DVD)

1

17

Association of Congregations, 1988-Ongoing

 

 

Annual Convention, 1988-90

1

6

Annual Convention, 1991-93

1

7

Annual Convention, 1994-96

1

8

Annual Convention, 2008-12

1

9

Articles of Incorporation and Constitution of Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, 1987-88

1

19

Constituting Convention, Opening Worship, 16 April 1988  (Audio Cassette)

1

12

Constituting Convention, Business Session, 16 April 1988  (Audio Cassette)

1

12

Covenant and Service Awards, 1992 and 2004

1

18

Delegate Handbook, 1996

1

11

Membership Handbook, 2003-06, 2008-11, 2012-15

1

10

Noon Luncheon, 20 April 1996  (Audio Cassette)

1

12