2022 Synod Assembly

Because of a recent increase in cases of COVID-19, attendees are strongly encouraged to wear a mask,
as the synod staff will be doing. The new, expanded space at St. Andrew’s allows plenty of room to
spread out during the assembly, on breaks and at lunchtime. 
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
- Bishop Patricia Lull

Pre-Registration is closed for the 2022 Synod Assembly.
On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13, at St. Andrew's.

Friday, May 13 — 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 — 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We are excited to gather in person as we step forward into new ways to serve as Christ’s church! This year's assembly features several speakers who will help us think about children from theological, historical and grassroots community service points of view:

  • Dr. Amy Marga - "Eight Things You Need to Know About God and Children"
  • Marcus Pope - "Eight Things You Need to Know About Young People in the East Metro"

After their individual presentations, they will be joined by Bishop Patricia Lull and Alexis Oberdorfer, Vice President and Chief Officer for Community Engagement and Partnerships at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, for a conversation about how we best care for all of our children. During the assembly we will also worship, do business, consider resolutions, elect people to leadership roles and experience being part of a wider church in this synod.


The Synod Assembly Booklet contains all of the reports, nominee bios, budget information, resolutions and memorials and other details of assembly. Click the first button below to view a PDF of the booklet. If you'd like to download the mobile app version of this content, just go to the the App Store or Google Play on your device and download an app called "Guidebook." Open the app on your phone or tablet and click "Find Guides" in the bottom right corner. Search for "2022 Saint Paul Area Synod Assembly," open it and click on "download" to add it to your device.



Click a button below to learn more about the 2022 Synod Assembly:

Voting Members:

Voting members include both rostered ministers serving under call (in congregations or in specialized ministry) and lay voters elected by their congregations, typically during the congregation's annual meeting. At Synod Assembly, voting members may make decisions about governance, mission and finances, elect members of Synod Council or other committees and select voting members to the triennial Churchwide Assembly. These voters are not designated "representatives" of a congregation (like elected officials), but they are asked to take seriously the responsibility of voting with their conscience for the well-being of the synod. Click here for the 2022 Voter Allocation Chart that tells you how many voting members your congregation may bring to Synod Assembly.


Voting members will be invited to participate in a pre-assembly discussion of the proposed budget, any proposed resolutions and a discussion of synod ministries. Watch for more information about this gathering, which will be held over Zoom.


Other Attendees:

Besides voting members, assembly registrants may also include:

  • Advisors - These participants are allowed to address the assembly during proceedings, but may not cast a vote. They include rostered ministers not under call (on leave, retired or in study) except for those selected as voting members, lay synod staff, lay members of synod assembly committees, representatives of synod partners in ministry, representatives from ELCA synodical and churchwide offices. [Advisors have "voice" but no "vote"]
  • Visitors - These participants are attending assembly simply as observers due to a personal interest in a topic or as someone working a vendor table. [Visitors have neither "voice nor vote"]

Sponsorships and vendor display tables are available for organizations and ministries that relate to our synod and congregations. Click here for details.


Pre-registration was open March 4 through April 29 for a fee of $65 per person. Registration is currently closed, but will re-open for on-site, in-person registration on Friday, May 13 at a cost of $75 per person. Questions? Contact Assembly Registrar Michael Gold at michael.gold@spas-elca.org or 651-224-4313.