bishop election 2020

The Eastern North Dakota Synod Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that Rev Tessa Moon-Leiseth has been elected as the next Bishop of Eastern North Dakota Synod!  Welcome Bishop-Elect Moon Leiseth!


See our Calendar of Events to learn more about Bishop-Elect Moon Leiseth's Installation Ceremony

These names originally surfaced from the congregations of the synod.  Each conference then held an assembly to identify seven nominees.  This list represents the seven nominees who secured the greatest number of votes from all eight conferences.  In addition to these seven nominees, any Minister of Word and Sacrament can be raised up on the first ballot at the Synod Assembly.

Electing  a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions of the synod; however, it is also a call process. A such, it involves discernment, from the perspective both of individual potential nominees and of the synod as a whole.  Thus, engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable aspects of the process. 

We invite you and your congregation to pray for those discerning a call to serve as bishop; as well as our synod as together we live our mission "Jesus Christ call us to live in love as we Serve, equip and challenge God's people."  


Important Details Regarding Synod Assembly:


Each congregation is to send voting members to the annual synod assembly. The number of members each congregation sends is determined by baptized membership. Many congregations appoint their voting members at their annual meetings. Use the table below to determine the number of representatives your congregation should send, being mindful that your voting membership is diverse when it comes to age, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Please note, per constitutional requirements, 60% of the voting members at synod assembly need to be lay. It is critical that each congregation send their recommended numbers to ensure that we are able to conduct the important business of the assembly.