Welcome to the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
Bishop Election Survey Results
From the Bishop Election 2019 Committee: Thank you to those who answered the survey this fall. The results are below, with 138 individuals responding, and of that 138, 52 wrote comments. The committee is considering how best to use the 52 comments in a way that is most helpful in the form of questions to ask nominees for Bishop in the upcoming election. Read full report here
Report Covers for Annual Reports
The 2018 Annual Report Cover is available for congregations. Attached are e-files in two formats – Cover 4 pages, Cover 4pg Spread. These are downloadable from the ELCA website also. The cover is similar to the Stories of Faith in Action cover.
If a congregation wants to order four-page hard copy, they will be available from the ELCA Distribution Center starting Monday, December 3. Orders can also be placed with the ECIS at 800-638-3522 starting Wednesday, January 2. For congregations needing 100 copies or less, we will again offer discount shipping for orders placed through ECIS starting January 2, 2019.
Letter from Brian Campbell, Vice President
Brian Campbell, Vice President, has written a letter to the congregations of the Western Iowa Synod to help begin to prepare for the upcoming bishop's election at the 2019 Synod Assembly.
Read the letter here.
Western Iowa Synod 2019 Bishop Election Information--
The Western Iowa Synod will hold the Election of Bishop at its next Synod Assembly, May 3, 4, and 5, 2019. Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the ELCA. As an election, it is a process informed by the ELCA Churchwide office and governed by the constitution of the synod. In the WISynod, the bishop is eligible to serve two consecutive six year terms, and our present Bishop Prois will have served his first term and is eligible for re-election in 2019.
The WISynod Council has formed a Bishop Election Committee to oversee the details of the election process. This election of a bishop is also a call process where any ordained pastor in the ELCA is eligible. In these months before the Assembly, you are respectfully invited to prayerfully consider what gifts are needed to match the needs of the synod in the office of bishop.
Let’s begin with prayer!
Almighty God, you have given your Holy Spirit to the church to lead us into all truth. Bless with the Spirit’s grace and presence the people of this Western Iowa Synod as we prepare in the months ahead to elect a bishop. Keep us steadfast in faith and united in love, that we may manifest your glory and prepare for the way of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Amen.
Please watch for more Information about the process as it will be regularly updated!
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