Synod Assembly

Synod Assembly 2018-02-15T14:54:41+00:00

So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. (Romans 12:5)

The Minneapolis Area Synod gathers annually to conduct business in the Synod Assembly, which is the synod’s highest legislative authority. More than 600 participants attend the Synod Assembly each year, including representatives from each congregation and all active rostered leaders. The gathering is filled with worship, inspiration, presentations, and necessary business.

One of the tasks of the Synod Assembly is to elect a bishop every six years. 2018 is an election year. More information about the election is updated regularly here.

I Will Pour Out My Spirit

Two millennia after the original Pentecost, we assemble. And, like the first disciples, we trust God to pour out the Spirit. Will the old among us dream dreams; will the young see visions?

Certainly, as with the community in Acts, the church today needs the Spirit’s inspiration. So, we assemble – for Bible study and witness, storytelling and singing, budgets and elections – and we pray together for the Spirit’s guidance and power.

And we firmly believe the Spirit who gathers us will also stir us up and send us forth with new boldness to participate in God’s work of mercy, community, and justice in the world.

Join us at Lord of Life in Ramsey on May 4-5, 2018!

With keynote speaker Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus, Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria,
ELCA Churchwide Representative Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton,
Bible Study Leader, Dr. Michael Chan,
Worship music led by Jonathan Rundman and band, and poetry performances by Joe Davis


  • $125 per registrant prior to March 31, 2018
  • $140 per registrant after April 1, 2018
  • $100 visitor
  • $75 youth and retired rostered ministers

 Fees include Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, refreshments during the assembly, and other event logistics.

Pastors, Deacons, Lay Voting Members, and Youth Voting Members
Specialized Ministry and Retired Rostered Ministers


Conference Assemblies

Every voice matters. Our Church needs lay and rostered voting members to participate in Conference Assemblies in preparation for Synod Assembly.

Voting members may:

  • nominate bishop candidates
  • bring resolutions (see guidelines above)
  • nominate people for synod-wide positions
  • elect conference positions

There is no need to pre-register. View the procedures for the day >

Join us: 
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
at Westwood Lutheran Church, St. Louis Park
1:30 pm – Registration opens
2:00 pm – Fellowship
2:15 pm – Welcome, Synod Update, and Gathering prayer
2:45 pm – Conference Assemblies begin
Conference Assemblies end when business is concluded, no later than 5:00 pm
Details and Procedures >

Bishop’s Election

New information about the 2018 Bishop’s election will occasionally be posted.
For the most up to date information, click on the button below.

2018 Bishop’s Election Information