Assembly Resources

Pre-Assembly Book
*Printed Materials Provided at Assembly
- Cover Page
- Welcome
- General Assembly Info
- Assembly Speakers
- *Agenda (DRAFT posted 5/27)
- *Workshops
- Assembly Procedures
- Parliamentary Procedure
- Roberts Rules of Order
- ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton’s Report
- Bishop Anderson’s Report
- Synod Reports
- Roster Report
- We Remember
- *Resolution 15.01 (Adopted)
- *Compensation Guidelines (Adopted)
- *Nominating Report
- Nominating Report - Supplement
- Proposed Budget 2015 (Adopted)
- Financial Report
- Synod Map / Directions to Gustavus
- Gustavus Campus Map
- Gustavus Beck Hall Map
- News Release

Forms & Documents

- Assembly Voting Member Letter
- Guidelines for Synod Assembly Resolutions

- Supplementary Rules Regarding Nominations and Elections
- Balloting Procedure for Election of Bishop

Assembly Lay-Led Service

- Service of the Word
- Sermon by Bishop Jon V. Anderson (PDF)
- Video Sermon by Bishop Jon V. Anderson

Click here to download video or view full screen. Please contact the synod office to request a DVD copy.


- ELCA Region 3
- ELCA Region 3 Camping Network
Partnership Ministries
- Green Lake Lutheran Ministries
- Lutheran Social Service
- Mission Investment Fund
- MN Council of Churches
- Pastor-2-Pastor
- Portico
- Shalom Hill Farm
- Shetek Lutheran Ministries
Synod Boards, Committess and Teams
- Companion Synod
- Endowment Committee
- Lutheran Men in Mission
- Lutheran Youth Organization
- Personnel Committee
- Synod Council Executive Committee
- Women of the ELCA
- Carthage College
- Concordia College
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Luther College
- Wartburg College


assembly RECAP
2015 SW MN Synod Assembly
June 12-14, 2015
Gustavus Adolphus College St. Peter

Synod Assembly Thank You!
SW MN Synod E-news Article, June 19, 2015
+Bishop Jon V. Anderson
I am thankful for the renewed call to serve as this synod's bishop. I have many thoughts about the journey and where I see us being called forward. Today I want to say thank you to all the people who led the process, our Nominating Committee, our Election Committee, Synod Council, Deans, Conference Chair people, staff people and all who participated in the assembly and pre-assembly forums.

Of course I want to also thank my colleagues who were part of the process of being open to this call. I learned much from each of them and I came to know them better in the journey through the process. May God bless Pr. Paul Lutter, Pr. Laurie Skow-Anderson, Pr. Steve Olson, Pr. Lyle Snyder, Pr. Tim Wittwer in their current calls and future.

I also want to particularly thank Tammy Sather who serves as the support person for the Office of Bishop and our Synod Vice President Gwen Arneson, Curtis Ghylin (Synod Exec. Committee Member) and Margaret Yackel -Juleen (chair of the Synod Nominating Committee) for their service and leadership in this process.

I want to thank our whole synod staff team including our conference ministers for their leadership and hard work in the synod assembly. It is something to watch the gathering come together under their persistent and conscientious leadership and service.

Thanks to all the volunteers, workshop leaders and all who contributed in any way to help our synod assembly remind us all that "We are Church Together." We are all called to build up God's Church to move forward our mission of loving all our neighbors and proclaiming the Good News that drives that love that we know most deeply in our gracious Lord Jesus Christ.

assembly Highlights

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Assembly Notes, Faithful and Fruitful Practices Synod Blog

Assembly Video Playlist,
SW MN Synod YouTube
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Photos / Social Media
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Assembly Hashtag
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Synod Handle 

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2015 Bishop Election

Bishop Jon Anderson elected to a third term for SW MN Synod Bishop.

Results of the first ballot for bishop:
- Rev. Jon Anderson - 314 Votes 
- Rev. Paul Lutter - 11 Votes
- Rev. Steve Olson - 24 Votes
- Rev. Dr. Laurie Skow-Anderson - 115 Votes
- Rev. Lyle Snyder - 16 Votes
- Rev. Timothy Wittwer - 16 Votes

Results of the second ballot for bishop:
- Rev. Jon Anderson-349 Votes
- Rev. Steve Olson-21 Votes
- Rev. Dr. Laurie Skow-Anderson- 110 Votes
- Rev. Lyle Snyder- 27 Votes
- Rev. Timothy Wittwer- 8 Votes