2019 Synod Assembly Highlights
The 32nd annual Synod Assembly was held June 14 and 15, 2019 at Augustana College under the new mission statement theme “Walking Together. Loving Christ. Loving All. For the Sake of the World.” Nearly 500 registered assembly voting members and visitors from across the synod worshipped, learned, laughed, celebrated, and deliberated together as the highest legislative body of the Northern Illinois Synod.
During Bishop Clements’ report to the assembly, he shared our new mission statement, vision statement, and core values. Bishop Clements said, “I remain committed to walking with you on this road we travel, because we will travel so much further if we travel together.” You can see the video of his report at assembly.nisynod.org.
The assembly passed the 2020 budget, 2020 salary guidelines, and two resolutions: R-1 Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women and R-2 Concerning Gender Equality for Rostered Leadership Positions in the Northern Illinois Synod. You can read the text of the full resolutions at assembly.nisynod.org/resolutions.
Several forums were held on Friday afternoon; and a special event was held on Friday evening with introductions of rostered ministers and seminarians new to the synod; recognition of synod council members, synod staff, anniversaries of rostered ministers and congregations, and rostered ministers who have retired in the last year; and special celebration of 50 years of ordination for two pastors, Rev. Dennis Heaney and Rev. Arlyn Tolzmann.
A festive service of Holy Communion with the Rite of Ordination closed the assembly on Saturday. Paul Gebo was ordained into the ministry of Word and Sacrament. He has been called to serve as pastor of Christ Lutheran, Stockton.
We thank our delegates, Steve Florschuetz, Carol Dilbeck, Richard Althaus, and alternate Leslie Althaus for attending and participating in the assembly on our behalf. You can find results of the general election, photos, videos, and more at assembly.nisynod.org.
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