The Saint Paul Synod Assembly gathers annually in the springtime. As the highest legislative authority of the synod, delegates from congregations engage in conversation and vote on resolutions, synod council and committee nominations, in addition to other synod business.
2017 Synod Assembly
On Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20, we will gather at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Burnsville for 2017 Synod Assembly, highlighting the theme "We Are Lutheran: Among Our Neighbors".
The two-day event will welcome special guests including Archbishop Hebda of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis, and Bishop Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod. Inspiring worship and breakout discussion groups will help us to learn more about the many neighbors whose lives enrich our own, and whom we are called to love and serve. This year's voter allocation chart can be found here (PDF).
In an attempt to reduce our footprint, the synod is offering an app in lieu of printed materials. To access, please download "Guidebook" through Google Play or the App Store. Open the app and search for "2017 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly". Select "Download Guide". All of the materials that you will need throughout Assembly can be found in this guide.
The Pre-Assembly Report gives you all the "know before you go" information - including facilities information, resolutions, nominations, and an agenda. Download the Pre-Assembly Report (PDF).
Schedule of the Event
Synod Assembly will kick off at 8:30 am on Friday morning, recessing around 5:00 pm with evening worship. Lunch will be included on Friday, catered by Holy Land Deli. Saturday will begin with morning worship at 8:30 am and close around 12:00 noon. Lunch will not be provided on Saturday. There will be an optional budget discussion on Saturday morning at 8:00 am.
What's a voting member?
Voting members are usually elected at a congregation’s annual meeting. When we are assembled, we make decisions about governance, mission and finances on behalf of the 125,000 ELCA Lutherans of the East Metro. You might also elect members of Synod Council or other committees, as well as sending voting members to the triennial Churchwide Assemblies. While your votes are not designed to be “representative” of your congregation (like elected officials), we do ask that you take seriously the responsibility of voting your conscience for the wellbeing of the synod.
All rostered ministers serving under call are voting members. Lay voting members are elected by their congregations to attend the Assembly according to a formula in our constitution (S07.21.c.) which you can read here. The synod office prepares an allocation chart each year to inform congregations how many voting members they can bring to the Assembly.
Between Assemblies, matters of synod governance are handled by the Synod Council.
Registration was open through May 4. If you did not register during that time, you'll be able to do so on Friday at the Assembly between 7:30 and 8:30 am.
Bulletin of Reports
Reports from task force groups and synodical committees, ministry partners, and agencies and institutions affiliated with Saint Paul Area Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are contained in the Bulletin of Reports. View the Bulletin of Reports (PDF).
- We are no longer accepting applications for vendor display tables. If you'd like to be on the list for next year, please contact our office manager Alicia Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- If you are an affiliated organization with a year-end report, please email the report to Chloe Ahlf at firstname.lastname@example.org.