The Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority of the synod and is charged with electing members to the Synod Council, other synod committees and churchwide voting members, voting on a budget and on other resolutions that are presented to the assembly. In addition to conducting the business of the synod, voting members and visitors gather for worship, presentations, and workshops designed to support the ministry we do together as a synod. The Synod Assembly is held annually in June at different locations throughout the synod.
The 2019 Synod Assembly was held June 6–8, 2019 at the Marriott Kansas City/Overland Park, KS and included the election of a new Bishop.
Watch key elements of the 2019 Synod Assembly. Videos are cataloged by topic for convenience.
Daily recaps of the events and activities of the 2019 Synod Assembly. A bulletin insert is also available.
Resolutions as amended and adopted during assembly.
Complete minutes of the 2019 Synod Assembly.
Tentative agenda for 2019 Assembly, information subject to change.
Complete Assembly information and materials
Information on the election process, and explanation of the Ecclesiastical Ballot, and submission of individuals for consideration.
Learn who will be joining us this year.
A list of positions within the Synod and current nominees.
2018 Synod Assembly: Sharing in Hope
The 2018 Central States Synod Assembly was held June 7–9 at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS. Our theme was Sharing in Hope: God's Story, Our Voices. Our emphasis was on evangelism. Special guests included ELCA churchwide representative, Rev. Ruben Duran, Director and team leader for Congregational Vitality Team, ELCA. in addition to providing a churchwide update, and sharing a video message from Presiding Bishop Eaton. . .
Rev. Duran also presented a workshop entitled "Detectives of Divinity" which invites us to re-enter God's world and discover anew: What in the world is God doing? How can we participate in it? and How can we do this ecumenically? Saturday morning, Rev. Duran led the closing worship service delivering a sermon reminding us that Jesus rose from the dead and "nothing else matters." View Rev. Duran's Sermon here.
Dr. Adam Pryor, Assistant Professor of Religion and Director of Core Education at Bethany College provided us with a two-part Bible study exploring evangelism and by inviting each of us to explore our Ultimate Concern. Watch the complete presentation here.
2018 Daily Summaries:
2018 Central States Synod Assembly Binder
Section III - Budget/Finance
Section IV - Resolutions
2017 Synod Assembly: Growing in Hope
More than 375 voting members and visitors gathered from congregations across Kansas and Missouri to attend the 2017 Central States Synod Assembly at the Adam's Mark Hotel, Kansas City, MO on June 8–10, 2017. This year's theme was "Growing in Hope/Growing in Discipleship." We welcomed special guest Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the ELCA, who encouraged all to study Luther's Small Catechism and hear the words of grace that free us in our vocations as disciples of Christ. Each congregation received a copy of Luther's Small Catechism in the time capsule they were given as part of the work of Team 500 to help congregations observe the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.
In addition to inspiring worship, a jazz service the opening night of the assembly, and a festival community service at Atonement Lutheran Church on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., assembly voting members and visitors engaged in conversation around discipleship asking the question of what needed to die in order to be a more faithful church. They also attended a number of workshops focused on discipleship and the Reformation.
Presentation of stole designed and made by local refugees to Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. Pictured (l to r): sewing instructor Ann Say, Rev. Susan Candea, Rebecca Kuuai, Tasilia Dalles, and Bishop Eaton. (Sewing instructor Dayna Kerr is behind Tasilia and not visible). The refugees also made the banners in the background at right. Rebecca and Tasilia arrived from refugee camps one year ago and their country of origin is South Sudan.
Here are news updates provided at the assembly and a summary report:
The assembly conducted the business of the synod by:
Approving a budget for 2018 of $1,753,806 (50% is shared with churchwide)
Electing the following people to the synod council: David Strommen, Jeanie Schuler, Susan Boxberger, Grace Vannoy, Kristen Koch
Adopting the following Resolutions:
Designating the Epiphany Season as a Season of Global Awareness and one Sunday during Epiphany as a Sunday of Celebration for the Global Church
Designating June 17, 2018 as a Sunday of Solidarity with our Companion District, the Kotte District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea
Designating September 24, 2018 as a Sunday of Solidarity with our Companion Synod in Russia, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East
Designating November 5, 2017 as Bethany Lutheran Home Sunday
Designating September 16-17, 2017 as Lutheran Senior Services Weekend
Designating August 27 as Christian Vocation Sunday
Supporting Environmental Stewardship
Encouraging congregations to pray for and be advocates for refugees and immigrants
Here is key content from the assembly:
Key portions of the Assembly were recorded on Facebook Live video. Click on the link and scroll down on the page to watch the videos:
Presiding Bishop Eaton's keynotes
Bishop Gustafson/Rev. Keith Hohly/Rev. Donna Simon Discipleship presentation
Closing Festival Worship at Atonement Lutheran Church
Thank you to all who attended and worked tirelessly to make this such a wonderful experience of being church together for the sake of the world.
June 2nd through June 4th
Hyatt Regency, Wichita, KS
Giving in Hope was the theme of the 2016 Central States Synod Assembly. Grace Duddy Pomroy and the Rev. Len Dale were our keynote speakers. Assembly began on Thursday evening with dinner and worship. Friday's agenda included presentations and workshops on giving and stewardship, as well as the opportunity to enjoy the River Festival fireworks on Friday night. We concluded on Saturday with business and worship.
Opening Worship Sermon-Bishop Gustafson
2016 Synod Assembly: Giving in Hope
Stories of Hope
Over 30 Stories of Hope from across the synod were distributed in this booklet and we received many positive comments. Thank you to all of the ministry leaders who submitted their inspiring stories. We encourage congregations to read and share them.
To download a PDF please click here.
Testimonies from two first-time assembly attendees:
"It was a great conference to attend. Wonderful to meet others who are interested in the same things we are and to hear their strategies and share ideas for continuing our Mission. The sessions we attended were extremely helpful and exhilarating, as was the entire conference. So much positive energy in one place. Made me realize how far we have come as a congregation and how proud I am to be a member of St. Mark Hope and Peace." -- Sherry Chapa, Kansas City MO
"As a first timer to our Synod Assembly I didn't know what to expect besides what members [from my local church] had told me when they previously attended. Throughout the Synod Assembly I was uplifted through worship and engaged in thought-provoking workshops. I was appreciative of the stream-lined business meeting and relevance of the information the Keynote speakers shared. Overall, I was glad that I had the opportunity to attend and be a part of the larger church." -- Mark Snider, Emporia KS