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About Eastern North Dakota Synod

Our mission:  "Jesus Christ calls us to live in love as we serve, equip, and challenge God's people."


The Eastern North Dakota Synod is a part of Region 3 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


The word "synod" comes from the Greek words:  syn meaning together, and hodos meaning the way.  A synod is a group of people on the way together.


The Eastern North Dakota Synod is comprised of over 200 rostered leaders and 101,602 baptized members.  The synod covers approximately the eastern third of the state of North Dakota and is divided into eight (8) conferences:


Spirit Lake           Fargo            Grafton             Grand Forks     

Jamestown         Mayville       Prairie Rose     Wahpeton


RECRUITMENT VIDEO


Synod Mission Plan (budget)

Fiscal Year Ending 1-31-18 Audit Financials


List of Congregations of Eastern North Dakota Synod - coming

List of Pastors of Eastern North Dakota Synod - coming

synod committees

Stewardship

Chair: Rev Joe Johnson

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to love and serve our neighbor.  The Stewardship Team looks for ways to equip congregations within our synod with tools they might use to help others understand and embrace this freedom. We want congregations to understand stewardship as discipleship; a way of living one’s life with Christ in the center.  Stewardship is understanding that all we are and all we have has been given to us by God who loves us.  Stewardship is living a life of gratitude and thankfulness for God’s abundance, trusting in God’s promises, and being transformed by God as we love and serve the neighbor.  Stewardship is a way of life.


Global Mission

Chair: Dianne Billey

The Global Missions committee manages communication with our sister synod, CAR, and promotes global mission and ministry engagement around the world.


Hunger & Justice

Chair: Vicki Schmidt

Connect with other hunger and justice leaders from ELCA churches across eastern North Dakota to share meaningful awareness and education ideas, invitations to events, and to support one another.  Visit the ELCA Hunger & Justice Friends Facebook page


Ready Bench for Multicultural Ministry

Chair: Rev Sarah Raymond

The Ready Bench for Multicultural Ministry is a team  of leaders from around our synod who have come together for the purpose of supporting and accompanying our ethnic specific ministries within the synod (Dacotah Oyate Luther Church, South Sudan Lutheran Community, Native American Christian Ministry and La Misión Luterana Evangélica del Corredor I-29).  This Ready Bench also attends to encouraging, resourcing and supporting new ministries that reach beyond racial, cultural and socio-economic barriers. 


Candidacy

Chair: Rev Eric Weber

Candidacy is the name of a process that raise up, prepares, certifies and places public leaders in the ELCA.  The Candidacy Committee builds a relationship with each individual who enters the candidacy process to honestly evaluate their progress towards successful completion of the candidacy requirements.  Learn more about candidacy here


Ready Bench for Evangelism

Chair: Rev Jo Gast

The Ready Bench for Evangelism looks for ways to equip congregations within our synod with tools they might use to better understand, embrace and actualize the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.  Evangelism is a way of life.  Congregational vitality demonstrates a holistic approach to evangelism built on relationships, centered around events, and focused on meeting specific needs of people in the community.

Ready Bench for Evangelism Resources


Congregational Vitality Team

Chair: Rev Ivy Schultz

The Congregational Vitality Team's purpose is to provide resources and training opportunities to encourage congregations to lean into this "working description" for Congregational Vitality provided by our ELCA Conference of Bishops: "Communities of Jesus that nurture life changing relationships with God, one another, and the world."  The description focus is on Gospel-centered relationships, no on size, financial sustainability, or the institutional survival of the Church.

Congregational Vitality Resources


Ministry Review Task Force

Coordinator: Rev Julie Tillberg

The Ministry Review Task Force's purpose is to coordinate and facilitate the ministry review process with congregations that request one.  This work and focus includes scheduling ministry reviews, assembling the synod ministry team members, appointing and supporting who will serve at the synod ministry review team leaders, preparing congregations, evaluating the ministry review experiences and refining the ministry review process based on what is being learned.  

Click here for more information on Ministry Reviews


companion synod

Companion synod relationships of the ELCA connect Lutheran churches throughout the world with ELCA synods and congregations.  These relationships are concrete expressions of the communion and fellowship with the more then 140 Lutheran member churches of The Lutheran World Federation.  Each of the 65 synods has at least one international church companion and many have additional relationships, resulting in more than 120 companion synod relationships.


Eastern North Dakota Synod's Companion synod:

Central African Republic (CAR)

Learn more about CAR!

Eastern ND's missionaries to CAR - Anne & Willie Langdji (read their blog!)