The synod constitution (download .pdf file) requires the establishment of several boards and committees. Functions and organizational structure of each are subject to the requirements of the constitution and bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (external link).
Works toward development of campus ministry, global mission, Native American ministries, Lutheran Social Services of ND (external link), societal issues, and relationships with agencies and institutions of the church.
Works to develop lay ministry, pastoral issues, candidacy, mobility, consultation and discipline.
Governed by its own constitution; officers and board members elected at the WELCA Synodical Convention for a term of two years.
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Chair: Mr. Dave Molmen • Grand Forks • email@example.com
The Audit Committee is be responsible for assisting the Synod Council in fulfilling its general oversight of the synod’s accounting, financial reporting, internal control systems, and external audit processes as provided in S15.31.
Chair: Dr. Joel Kangas • Fargo • firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidacy is the name of a process that raises 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 toward successful completion of the candidacy requirements. Learn more about candidacy...
Chair: Richard Hall • Jamestown
Chair: Dianne Billey • Ellendale • email@example.com
Helps congregations understand mission in the ELCA; to enable people of this synod to contribute to mission work; and to link congregations of this synod with other Christians around the world. This will be accomplished through various programs, including the Mission Visitor program, the Companion Synod program, and churchwide mission activities (Global Mission Events). This committee relates to the Extended Ministry Board of the Synod Council.
Chair: Vicki Schmidt • West Fargo • firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Rev. Kris Gorden • Fargo
The emergence of mission tables is taking place alongside the synod’s boards and committees. Boards and Committees (including synod council) are constitutionally-designated groups that tend specific assignments within the corporate life of the synod as defined in the constitution and bylaws; Tables foster ongoing conversations around various aspects of how this synod serves God’s mission. They are oriented toward producing and implementing mission action plans resulting from imaginative missional conversations with congregations, parishes and conferences in a fluid manner with tablemates who “come and go” over time.
Foundational to this plan being actualized in our synod is the formation of mission tables. The image of “table” is like a kitchen table where people gather and are fed and dream and plan, come and go. The image of “table” is like the Lord’s Table where people gather and are fed by the Risen Lord Jesus and sent out as resurrection people empowered to be participants in God’s new creation and mission for the sake of the world including our neighbors & neighborhoods.
From time to time committees and tables may form two other sorts of synod leadership groups: Teams address a more narrowly-focused area of the synod’s life over an extended or even indefinite period of time; Task Forces also address a more narrowly-focused area of the synod’s life, but in a more time-limited and task-focused way. Typically a task force is disbanded when it has fulfilled its charge.
For more information contact Pastor Keith Zeh, Director for Evangelical Mission
Focuses on involving and accompanying congregations and ministries in specific, intentional processes for renewal and/or
mission development--including congregations receiving grants from our ELCA’s Congregational and Synodical Mission unit.
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