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
Synod Mission Plan (budget)
List of Pastors of Eastern North Dakota Synod - coming
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.
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
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.
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.
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
On the Road Together - Traveling into the next 500 years
Eastern North Dakota Synod strategic plan to most faithfully live in love as we equip, challenge and serve God's people.
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)