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

Online Synod Assembly Registration:
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.

Retired Clergy/Deacons:  Form to Pre-notify Bishop Jaech of interest to vote at Synod Assembly by synod rostered clergy and Deacons that are Retired, on leave from call, on ELCA disability or retired under contract is here.  The form is fillable and can be completed on your computer, saved and emailed as an attachment to the Synod Office at  You may also print the form and write in the answers and mail it to the Synod Office.

Our 2019 Synod Assembly will be held at the Hilton in Vancouver, WA on Friday, June 7-Saturday, June 8, 2019.
Daily start and end times (draft):  8:30am-5:30pm (Agenda out soon)
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 is open now

If you’ve registered for a past Synod Assembly before and forget or need to update the name/contact info, you may click on “Start a New Registration” right below your email address entry and eventually submit a new password.

Online Hotel Reservations at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver WA

Our special rate of $149/ night for 1-triple occupancy is booked online at  The Hilton is a lovely hotel with a very nice conference meeting space.  In order to get our special rate, you must book your room online by May 4th, assuming rooms are still available- don’t wait until the last minute!


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 7, 2019).  They will be posted online on May 1, 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.

2019 Resolutions and Memorials:
  1. Resolution Paid Parental and Family Leave/Care of Family Due to Illness
  2. Memorial on Paid Parental and Family Medical Leave
  3. Gun Safety Resolution
  4. Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery
  5. Resolution on Fiscal Agents
  6. Resolution to Amend Model Constitution

Bishop’s Election

Bishop Candidate Pre-Identification Process 2019

(FORMS Due back to by April 15, 2019.)

Other Elected Positions

Nominations Packet (includes open elected positions, job descriptions and a Nomination Form)

List of Open Elected Positions (will be updated as nominations are secured)

Job Descriptions of Elected Positions

Online Nomination Form


ELCA Churchwide Staff:  Victoria Flood, ELCA Director, Mission Support

Bible Study:  Bishop Rick Jaech


Online Synod Assembly Registration:   Click on “REGISTER NOW”

As information is updated, it will be added to the Synod Assembly website at and click on ‘Agenda/Voter’s Info’ tab.  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.