Friday, June 7 – Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA

 Theme:  “See, I am doing a new thing!” Isaiah 43:19

Our 2019 Synod Assembly will be held at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA on Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 8, 2019.
What is the Synod Assembly?
The Synod Assembly is this Synod’s highest legislative authority working with rostered and lay voting members from all of our congregations and mission starts. Each congregation sends at least two lay voting members along with their rostered ministers.  How Many Lay Voting Members Does My Congregation Get?  It’s based on your 2018 parochial report sent to the ELCA.
What do we do there?
We will have the opportunity to think and plan for the future of the ELCA and your congregation.  We will learn stories of congregations already in the renewal process, learn about ELCA ministries, elect a synod bishop and many other elected positions (specifics out in January), hear from our ELCA Churchwide representative on the ministry that the ELCA does worldwide, learn things to help our congregations, participate in workshops about moving forward in your ministries and how we can help the Church move into the future in new ways, interactive we’ll have two beautiful and unique worship services for us to participate in together.   You will love hearing the 300-400 voices harmonize together!
Who will your congregation send as Voting Members?
Please try to send voting members that are interested in moving the ELCA and your congregation into the future with all of the excitement, changes and challenges that may bring.  We’ll be thinking outside the box!

Registration and information is available online in January 2019.


2019 How To Write and Submit a Resolution to the Synod Assembly for 2019 Synod Assembly (includes samples, plus forms to complete to submit resolutions/memorials)  (Due to by March 2, 2019)

The Southwestern Washington Synod Constitution only gives the privilege of submitting resolutions or memorials to the Synod Assembly for action to: the four synod officers, the Synod Council as a whole, synod conferences, synod congregations, synod boards and committees and Synod Assembly Voting Members.

Bishop’s Election

Bishop Candidate Pre-Identification Process 2019 (announced at Synod Educational Gatherings in Spring 2018 and forms available in 2019)

Pre-identification biographical form for those rostered clergy who are interested in being nominated for bishop at this year’s Synod Assembly. (FORM AVAILABLE MARCH 15, 2019)

Other Elected Positions

2019-2020 Nominations List 12-28-18

Nomination Packet (includes nomination form posted in January 2019)

All information will be emailed to voting members, so be sure that you give us your email address with your registration. We will not mail hard copies of information to you.


ELCA Churchwide Staff:  Victoria Flood, Director, Mission Support