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
The 2017 Assembly was held on Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20 at Prince of Peace Lutheran in Burnsville for 2017 Synod Assembly. We highlighted the theme "We Are Lutheran: Among Our Neighbors", welcoming in 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 helped us to learn more about the many neighbors whose lives enrich our own, and whom we are called to love and serve.
Many of the materials used & discussed at the Assembly can be found below:
- Report of the Bishop
- Bishop Lull's Sermon
- Bishop Erwin's Sermon
- Report of the Mission Strategy Table
- Report of the Vice President
- Narrative Budget
- 2018 Proposed Budget (Passed)
- Resolution 1 Adjustment of Proportionate Share to Churchwide (Passed)
- Resolution 2 ENOUGH (Passed)
- Bulletin of Reports
Resources from Breakout Groups
Each of our breakout groups was asked to develop tangible steps that congregations can take to further dive into each topic. Below are the resources that group leaders made public to the synod:
- The Power of Interdenominational and Interracial Partnerships
- Stewarding the Land
- Lutherans & Roman Catholics in Dialog
- Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery
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.