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
- *Compensation Guidelines
- *Nominating Report
- Proposed Budget 2015
- 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
- Concardia College
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Luther College
- Wartburg College


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

We are excited to invite you to your 2015 Synod Assembly!

Once again being held on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus in
St. Peter, MN, your assembly will open on Friday, June 12 and close on Sunday, June 14, 2015. We are blessed to have Revered Dr. James Mauney of the Virginia Synod as our Bible Study leader this year. Secretary William Chris Boerger will be in attendance to guide our voting members through our synod bishop election. (Click here for more information about the bishop election.) Additionally, Secretary Boerger will brief us on what it means to be church together beyond our synod. Bishop Buthelezi, Southeastern Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa, will also be one of our guest speakers. It is a blessing to have Bishop Buthelezi in our midst to bring us up to date on our companion synod.

Please read the complete registration information letter
before registering.
Click here to download.
Early bird registration ends May 15!

assembly announcements

Assembly Voting Members:
On-site registration times are different than previous years because of the bishop election.
As you are planning your assembly trip please keep in mind that there is a bishop forum following opening worship and the first bishop election later that evening during plenary. To be eligible to vote Friday evening you MUST be registered on-site by 6:00 p.m. on Friday. If you are planning on coming Saturday morning you MUST be registered on-site by 8:15 a.m. to be eligible to vote.
Registration will be closed during plenary voting. Registration will re-open after plenary voting is over.

Visitors for the assembly have neither voice nor vote during business/voting sessions. Visitors must sit in a separate designated area during the business sessions.

2015 Bishop Election:
The following bishop nominees where elected:
To read bishop nominees biographical information please click here.
- Rev. Jon Anderson
- Rev. Paul Lutter
- Rev. Steve Olson
- Rev. Dr. Laurie Skow-Anderson
- Rev. Lyle Snyder
- Rev. Timothy Wittwer

There has been four forums throughout our synod. Only two of the four forums were recorded. Click here to listen to a live audio recording.

At the synod assembly opportunities are provided for voting members of the assembly to meet the candidates, ask questions and hear statements.

The Bishop Election will take place at the SW MN Synod Assembly.
ALL voting members MUST be registered on-site to be eligible to vote. Please check registration times above.

The bishop balloting is conducted by the Elections Committee.

Successive ballots reduce the number of candidates and the required percentage for election is also reduced with each ballot. A three-fourths majority is required for election on the first ballot; if subsequent ballots are needed, a two-thirds majority is required for election on the second ballot, and a majority on subsequent ballots.

The newly called bishop's term begins September 1, 2015 or at an earlier date as determined by the Synod Assembly.