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synod assembly 2024

june 1-2 + Holiday Inn, Fargo

Summary of the 2024 Synod Assembly:

On June 1-2, 2024, the Eastern North Dakota Synod, ELCA gathered together at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND for the thirty-seventh annual Synod Assembly under the theme of “Challenge: Learn, Discern, Respond.” There were a total of 296 people in attendance (183 Lay Voting Members; 80 Rostered Minister Voting Members; 33 Visitors). The business items included hearing reports from officers, adopting the 2025 Synod Mission Plan (budget), elections for Synod Council, Committees, and Voting Members to the 2025 Churchwide Assembly, and adopting two resolutions. The resolutions were on Compensation and Benefit Guidelines for 2025 and a Reconciling in Christ Welcome Statement. Participants also heard a State of the Synod from Bishop Tessa Moon Leiseth and State of the ELCA from our churchwide representative, Kristen Opalinski. We had two worship services with an emphasis on our indigenous ministries in Opening Worship and care for creation at our Closing Worship with the Rev. Deborah Blood, UCC Conference Minister, preaching. Two keynote presentations were shared by Dr. Kelly Sherman-Conroy, Native Theologian. There were seven workshops offered for participants on a variety of topics. Rostered Ministers and Congregations celebrating significant anniversaries were acknowledged. The Strategic Plan for the Synod was launched thanks to a year-long process of listening and discerning across the synod. A reception was held to celebrate five new Endowment Funds that have been created. The 2025 Synod Assembly will be held on June 7-8, 2025.


  • Voting Member Packet
  • Reports to Synod Assembly:  Includes: • Secretary’s Report of Synod Council Actions • Treasurer’s Report • Committee Reports: Audit and Candidacy • Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Letter to Synod Assemblies • Portico Benefit Services • Global Refuge Report • Mission Investment Fund • ELCA Federal Credit Union • ELCA Region 3 Archives • Luther Seminary Annual Report

synod assembly 2023

June 3-4 + Holiday inn, fargo

Summary of the 2023 Synod Assembly

On June 3-4, 2023, the Eastern North Dakota Synod, ELCA gathered together at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, ND for the thirty-sixth annual Synod Assembly under the theme of "Equip." The weekend was filled with worship, fellowship, business matters, Equip Experiences, workshops, and updates from the synod and churchwide offices. A "Food for All Block Party" was held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on Saturday evening where financial gifts and food donations were collected for food ministries across the synod. A total of $3550 was raised. 

Videos from Synod Assembly


On June 4-5, 2022, over 350 people from across the Eastern North Dakota Synod gathered for the 2022 Synod Assembly at the Holiday Inn, Fargo. It was a wonderful weekend of hearing stories of being called to serve, moving worship, updates and information about the EaND and ELCA, attending to business, and opportunities to network and connect.

Videos from Synod Assembly

Opening Worship Service - Saturday, June 4, 2022

State of the Synod - Bishop Tessa Moon Leiseth

State of the ELCA - Rev. Robin Brown

Called to Serve Our Community

Called to Serve through Advocacy

Called to Serve the World

Closing Worship Service - Sunday, June 5, 2022

Offering for Assembly

We collected $10,188.25 at Synod Assembly! This year's offering will be evenly split between two ministries: The Neighborhood Church and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, North Dakota Field Office.

Lutheran World Relief Kits

250 Personal Care Kits were assembled at Synod Assembly! Thank you to everyone who collected donations and assembled the kits. Extra items were donated to local non-profits, including Churches United.

Voting Member Materials

Voting Member Packet - Combined (all documents)

Synod Assembly Agenda

Rules of Procedure 2022

Proposed 2023 Mission Plan


2021 EaND Synod Assembly Minutes

How to Participate in a Meeting (Roberts Rules)

How to participate in a meeting (Robert Rules overview)- ZOOM recording