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Synod Structure

In Ministry, Working Together.

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The North Carolina Synod is one of the three expressions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America—congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization.

The synod exists to walk with the nearly 200 ELCA congregations across the state of North Carolina, working together for the sake of the world.

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Synod Council

Synod Council is the board of directors of the synod and serves as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the synod in assembly. Its members are elected for four-year terms by voting members during synod assembly. The bishop serves as president of the council. The other officers—vice president, secretary, and treasurer—are elected at assembly.

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The Office of the Bishop

The Office of the Bishop is all of those that serve together in the synodical office. Every function of the Office of the Bishop serves to support and guide members of this church as we wonder, discover, and boldly participate in God’s mission for the sake of the world.

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Conference Deans

The conference dean is a pastor who serves as the administrative officer of the conference and is an extension of the Office of the Bishop. The dean facilitates communication between the congregations in that conference and between the conference and the bishop. Deans install new pastors in their conference and are appointed by the bishop.

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Conferences & Clusters

The synod is divided into 12 geographical conferences; each congregation is a member of a conference. Conferences work together meeting for service, worship, formation, and fellowship—as well as meeting before assemblies to discuss upcoming issues. Conferences are grouped into clusters that have representation on synod council.

Conference Clusters

EASTERN CLUSTER

Coastal Plains
South Coastal
Triangle

CENTRAL CLUSTER

Cabarrus/Stanly
Mecklenburg/Union
Northern Piedmont
Rowan
Yadkin

WESTERN CLUSTER

Blue Ridge Mtn
Catawba
Smoky Mtn
Southwestern

Additional Resources

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Synod Constitution

Approved 2019

NC Synod Candidacy Committee

Synod Committees

2021 Synod Committee Listing.

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Congregations by Conference

List of Congregations by Conference.

Link to Synod Council Documents
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