East Central Synod of Wisconsin

Synod Assembly
Stirred by the Spirit

Bible Study with Rev Amy Engebose 

Prepared by Rev Louise Johnson 


Walking Together

Bible Study with Rev Rachel Knoke



Engaging the World with Love

Bible Study with Rev Kerri Parker



What is Synod Assembly?

Synod Assembly is an annual gathering of rostered leaders, lay leaders, and members from all 123 congregations. Participants gather to worship, connect, and conduct the annual the business of the Synod. This includes the consideration of resolutions, reports from the Synod and the larger Church, and electing the Bishop and members of the Synod Council. It is important that each congregation makes a plan to send its rostered leaders and representatives to the Synod Assembly to ensure their voices are heard. 


2019 Synod Assembly in Review.

Voting members and visitors of the 2019 Synod Assembly gathered at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in Appleton WI May 17-18. Participants heard presentations from Rev. Sunitha Mortha about race and the culture of worship. ELCA Glocal musicians provided the music for the Assembly worship and engaged the members in a diverse musical arrangements. Bishop Mansholt presided over the Assembly. The ELCA annual report was delivered by Dana Dutcher. The Assembly considered 4 submitted resolutions passing each of them and also elected new members to the Synod Council. 

Bishop's Report

Bishop Mansholt delivered his annual Bishop’s report to the body. He thanked the congregations for the generous mission support received by the Synod. He announced a Synod trip to the Holy Land taking place in March of 2020. He announced the formation of a task force to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the ordination of women. He lifted up the Arise campaign and the many initiatives it will help fund. 

Assembly Actions

The Assembly considered 4 resolutions submitted by the East Central Synod Global Mission Team. These resolutions encouraged Synod members to utilize ELCA Vacation Bible School Resources, develop relationships with partner congregations in South Africa, practice accompaniment on trips to the Holy Land, and sign up for E-Advocy news updates from the Lutheran Office of Public Policy in Wisconsin. All four resolutions passed the Assembly by wide-Margins



ELCA Churchwide Report

Dana Dutcher Delivered the Annual ELCA Churchwide Report to the Assembly. She brought greetings from Presiding Bishop Eaton and brought the Assembly up to date on many of the successes and challenges facing the ELCA today. Dana Thanked the people of the Synod for its Mission support and donations to the ELCA.

Mission Support – $691,454

Always Being Made New – $882,784

Lutheran Disaster Response – $1,025,00

ELCA World Hunger – $613,000



Synod Council Elections

The Synod Assembly re-elected all previous members of the Synod Council who’s term had ended by unanimous consent. Three positions that were without a nominee going into assembly were filled by nominations on the floor and each position was filled by the unanimous consent of the Assembly. A complete list of the elected Synod Council Members can be found below. 


Synod Assembly Resources