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2021 Synod Assembly


Theme: Entrusted

Scripture: Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Drawing on the ELW baptismal liturgy in which the Pastor reminds the parents of their duties…

“As you bring your children to receive the gift of baptism, you are Entrusted with responsibilities:
to live with them among God’s faithful people,
bring them to the word of God and the holy supper,
teach them the Lord’s Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments,
to place in their hands the holy scriptures,
and nurture them in faith and prayer,
so that your children may learn to trust God,
proclaim Christ through word and deed,
care for others and the world God made,
and work for justice and peace.”


As synod in 2021 we have been entrusted with God’s mysteries (2 Cor. 4:1-2) and we are expected then also to be trustworthy. But this expectation, this law, also comes with promise. The parents alone do not make promises in baptism. The sponsors and community also make promises to support the parents and the baptized in this work. And as we know also, God ultimately is the promise giver in baptism.

As we continue our work in 2021 we have been Entrusted with a Word to share and a gospel to live. I give thanks to you, the leaders of NT-NL for the ways you have shown yourselves trustworthy in 2020 and look forward to being #InMissionTogether in 2021. For full context, read more in Bishop Gronberg’s blog here.

Bishop Mike Girlinghouse will keynote our time speaking about his book Embracing God’s Future Without Forgetting the Past.

The 2021 Synod Assembly will be held online.

We are charging a small registration fee this year to provide resources for enhanced technology and for honorariums for presenters. Learning from our experience in 2020, we hope this Assembly experience will be enhanced and continue to grow our capacity for hosting online gatherings.

If your congregation did not have an annual meeting in which you elected voting members for synod assembly, the ELCA attorneys have counseled us that you should send the same individuals as were designated in 2020 to the assembly in 2021. Only if you have not designated assembly voting members for 2021.

At this assembly, we will be electing voting members from NT-NL for the 2022 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Columbus, OH (August 10-13, 2022). We will elect 6 individuals (2 young adults, 2 lay members, and 2 clergy). If you would like to nominate someone, please contact Bishop Gronberg at BpGronberg@ntnl.org.

2021 Synod Assembly Reference Materials

Voting Members who registered by April 15 were sent a login link on April 22 to participate via Zoom on April 24.

Visitors will be able to participate via Facebook (no account required). Registration not required.

We have also booked the services of Jonathan Zitelman with SimpleMan Productions and A Divine Canvas for this year’s Assembly for a better experience for all attendees.


Cottonpatch Designs

Mission Investment Fund of the ELCA

Sunset Lutheran Ministries

Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest

Lutheran Via de Cristo of North Texas


April 24, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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