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Synod Assembly 2021


June 3 @ 2:00 PM
June 5 @ 1:00 PM
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In-Person or Virtual




Michael DeNise

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Event Description

Welcome to our first-ever online synod assembly! We will gather this year under the theme of Strength for the Journey anchoring ourselves with the story of the paralytic being lowered through a roof (Mark 2:1-12) and celebrating Collaboration: one of the four elements of our synod’s purpose. Being together online will be different, but it will still be a full assembly with worship, resolutions to consider, the election of members to synod council, the election of voting members to the next ELCA Churchwide Assembly, the election of a bishop, sharing stories of ministry, and much more! ELCA Vice President Bill Horne will be one of our special guests.  Bookmark this page and keep it handy so you will have all the registration details and resources needed for a stellar assembly.

Early Bird Registration Rate of $50 will be available through April 15. The cost of registration from April 16 through May 1 is $75.

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Register for the 2021 Assembly!

This year's assembly will be held via Zoom. It is recommended that each person have their own device as voting will be done electronically. A computer or tablet will be best, but a smartphone will also work.

Each person registering must provide their own email address. 

Registration will open Monday, March 15, and will close Saturday, May 1. There will be no registrations after May 1.


A Message from Our Vice President

Mrs. Diana Haywood

At the 2021 North Carolina Synod Assembly, we will safely gather as the body of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit, and connected by faith using the latest online meeting technology. Please join us!

Two Ways to Join!

You can join this year's NC Synod Assembly in two ways. Voting members from each congregation and voting rostered ministers will need to be registered and will join Zoom using a link sent to those who register. Guests and visitors do not need to register and may join by visiting the synod's Facebook page or YouTube channel. We can't wait! See you soon!

Countdown to Assembly

What Gives You Strength for the Journey?

We Need Your Help

We will be having an icon created for our assembly. This will be shared throughout the assembly and will help us focus on the theme of "Strength for the Journey."



Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m.
Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m.
and Tuesday, May 25, at 7 p.m.

Zoom links will be posted here prior to the May dates.

  • log into Zoom
  • navigate an online assembly business session
  • vote in the bishop's election
  • raise your hand to ask a question
  • general online assembly information
  • the outline of the bishop’s election process
  • the resolutions coming before the assembly
  • what assembly days will be like


Be prepared for this year's assembly! Make plans now to attend one—or more!—of three Assembly Information Sessions on Zoom, just like our assembly will be.

Voting members are invited—actually, strongly encouraged!—to attend at least one of these sessions. Or, join all three to ensure you are comfortable with the Zoom platform before assembly begins.

Are you interested in assembly but NOT a voting member this year? You may join an Info Session to learn about what will happen and how it will work!

General Information

Here are all the things you will need to know about how this year's assembly will work: registration, voting, and navigating an online assembly.

MEETING BY ZOOM—We will be using the Zoom platform for our online meeting. Voting members will need to have Zoom downloaded ahead of time to the device you'll be using to participate in assembly. We plan to have 90-minute sessions with breaks in between to limit Zoom fatigue. Live presenters, recorded presenters, Zoom polls, and breakout rooms will keep our time together engaging and inspiring. All registered voting members will receive information about opportunities prior to assembly to practice logging into Zoom, voting, etc.

See information about Assembly Information Sessions above.

Assembly Elections

This year's assembly will include regular elections—for Synod Council members and for Voting Members to the 2020 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Elections—and a bishop's election. This spot will feature a voting handbook and nominations booklet added by May 7. Videos explaining the bishop's election process will also be available here by May 3.

The bishop's election committee is working to have a successful bishop's election at this year's synod assembly and would like to hear from you! What questions would you like to be asked of the candidates during the election? Submit your questions by Friday, May 7, to be considered by the committee.

Assembly Resolutions

Resolutions and Memorials may be submitted through Monday, April 19. The instructions for submission can be found below. Resolutions and Memorials for assembly consideration will be added here as they are made available.

Assembly Financials

Financial documents being considered at assembly can be found here: the 2022/23 budget, the Mission Support formula, and other items related to those.

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