Synod Assembly

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| Workshops and Ministry DisplaysMission Gala | PreAssembly Workshop |

Dates: June 2-3, 2017

Location:  Grand Hotel, 1505 N Broadway, Minot, ND

What is Synod Assembly?

The Synod Assembly is the annual gathering of all 172 congregations of the Western North Dakota Synod Assembly.  We gather together for worship, education, celebration, and to do the business of this synod.

Who attends Synod Assembly?

Any member of any congregation of the Western North Dakota Synod is invited to register and participate in synod assembly.  Each congregation elects lay voting members based on their baptized membership numbers (see Voting Member Information for ratio).  All other members are invited to register as visitors to the assembly and may participate in all aspects of the assembly including worship, workshops, presentations, meals, etc.; however, visitors do not have voice or vote in elections or business items on the assembly agenda. Rostered ministers (pastors and ELCA deacons) who hold a letter of call from a congregation or synod council, as well as retired rostered leaders also have voice and vote in the assembly plenary sessions.  Attendance at the assembly is expected of all rostered leaders under call.

PreAssembly Events – Thursday, June 1st

We invite you to join us for the following PreAssembly events on Thursday, June 1st. These events are open to the public and you need not be registered for Synod Assembly to attend. You may register for these events when you register for synod assembly or separately.  Registration will be posted soon.

PreAssembly Workshop with Dr. Sam Giere –
“In Faith, For Faith: Reclaiming the Heart of Salvation”
When: Thursday, June 1st, 10:30 AM – 3 PM
Where :  Grand Hotel, 1505 N Broadway, Minot
Cost: $15 (includes Lunch)
Register Now for the PreAssembly Workshop
or register when you register for Synod Assembly.

Mission Gala Dinner and Auction
Join us for an evening filled with a delicious food, music and story, great conversation, and a Live and Silent Auction to benefit the Synod’s Mission Endowment Fund.  Proceeds will go to support new and innovative mission initiatives in congregations across our synod. Pastors and ELCA deacons from across our synod will  serve you a delicious meal. Be entertained by the antics of our auctioneers during the live auction to follow the meal.  Tickets must be purchased in advance.
Purchase Tickets and Learn More

Synod Assembly Events and Information


Registration costs  include 3 meals (Friday lunch and banquet, Saturday lunch) as well as coffee breaks.

Registration deadline: May 24

Online Registration is now Closed. 

To make changes or register, please call the synod office (701-223-5312) during the following  hours.
Tuesday, May 30, 9AM-4PM
Wednesday, May 31, 9AM-12PM


Lodging is NOT included in the registration fee.  Participants must make their own lodging reservations.  A block of rooms has been set aside at the Grand Hotel for Synod Assembly Participants.  Learn More

Voting Member Information

All Voting Member Materials will be available online by May 15th.  A link to the materials will also be e-mailed to those who have registered by that date.  Voting Members will receive a nametag, voting cards and a packet including essential documents when they check-in at the Registration Table.  Reports will not be included in the packet so please review those online prior to Synod Assembly.  Click to View Voting Member Materials


Parents may register their children at a special child’s rate which includes childcare and kid-friendly meals.

Childcare will be open during all plenary sessions and workshops.  Children will join their parents for worship and meals. The Childcare room will be staffed by volunteers.

Additional Banquet Tickets

Admission to the Friday evening banquet is included in the registration fee for all participants. If you would like to purchase additional tickets for guests, such as a spouse who is not registered for assembly, you may do so on your registration form.

What to Bring:

  • Bible
  • light jacket or sweater (the temperature in the gathering space may be cool)
  • offerings (see below)


Opening Worship Offering
The offering gathered during the opening worship will go to support the ministry of the Western North Dakota Synod Lutheran Youth Organization.

Sweet Deal for C.A.R.
You are invited to raise funds to support the ministries of our companion synod in the Central African Republic.  Learn More.  You may drop off checks for the funds raised at the Registration Desk when you register.

Banquet Love Offering
The love offering gathered during the Assembly Banquet will be divided between the synod’s 4 Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.

Recap of Synod Assembly 2016