Synod: On Our Way, Together

April 25, 2 p.m., to April 27, 12 p.m.

Embassy Suites - Loveland, Colorado

 

We will gather in Loveland, Colorado, to worship, learn, elect our next bishop, and explore what is next for the Rocky Mountain Synod.

PARTICIPANT HANDBOOK

 


 

Budget Documents

 

 


 

Resolutions and Memorials

Resolution #1: Allow Recognized Outdoor Ministry Sites in the Rocky Mountain Synod to Send One Lay Voting Member to Synod Assembly

Resolution #2: For Justice for Palestinians and Israelis

 


 

2024 Synod Assembly Elections

 

The upcoming Synod Assembly will include important elections in addition to the election of a new bishop. Those elections include Synod Council members, committee members, and voting members for the 2025 Churchwide Assembly. Below is information about the open positions.

 

Synod Council

The Synod Council includes the 4 officers of the synod and 17 other members elected by the Synod Assembly; Synod Council members shall be voting members of an RMS congregation. The 17 members, other than the officers, are designated as 1 per conference (either lay or rostered leader) plus 7 at-large positions with 1 each for lay male, lay female, rostered leader, youth (under the age of 18), young adult (18-30 years of age), and 2 people of color and/or whose primary language is other than English; terms are 4 years except for the youth member who is elected in even numbered years for 2 years; terms are limited to 2 consecutive terms and begin on August 15. Officers’ terms begin on August 1.

There are 10 positions on the Synod Council to be filled at the 2024 Synod Assembly:

  • Secretary 
  • Border Conference representative
  • Youth (under the age of 18)
  • Metro South Conference representative
  • Boulder/Broomfield Conference representative
  • Southeast Colorado Conference representative
  • Wyoming Conference representative
  • Young Adult (18-30 years of age)
  • At-Large Rostered Leader
  • One Person of color or whose primary language is other than English

 

Committee positions to be filled

The Discipline Committee consists of 12 persons, of whom 6 are rostered leaders and 6 are lay leaders elected for a term of 6 years without consecutive reelection. The functions of the Committee on Discipline are set forth in Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Synod Council shall fill vacancies on the Committee on Discipline for any unexpired term.

Positions to be filled:

- One lay leader
- Three rostered leaders

The Mission Outreach Committee is responsible for promoting, extending and coordinating the mission outreach activity of the synod, both on its own territory and throughout the world. To accomplish this end, the Mission Outreach Committee will relate to the appropriate Churchwide unit. Members serve 4 year terms.

Position to be filled:

- One lay or rostered leader

The Congregational Ministries Committee, recognizing that the church is always being reformed, gives ear to the Holy Spirit to determine ways to invite and equip congregations to effectively and creatively participate in God’s mission in their diverse contexts. The Congregational Ministries Committee will relate to the Synod Council and collaborate with other synod ministries as well as churchwide ministries as appropriate. The Congregational Ministries Committee has at least 6 members either elected by the Synod Assembly or appointed by the Synod Council for 4-year terms (ideally staggered among the members). Attention will be given to inviting a diversity of perspective and gifts.

Positions to be filled:

- Three lay or rostered leaders

The Global Church Network promotes and supports connection between Rocky Mountain Synod ministries and individuals and the global church through communication, education, and immersion opportunities. The Network is composed of 6 voting members: 3 members who are appointed by the Synod Council for a term of four years with the possibility of one consecutive reelection, and 3 at-large members who are elected by the Synod Assembly for a four-year term with the possibility of reelection.

Position to be filled:

- One lay or rostered leader

2025 ELCA Churchwide Assembly

Churchwide Assembly Voting Members will represent the Rocky Mountain Synod at the triennial Churchwide Assembly, which is scheduled to be held July 28-August 2, 2025, at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. The Rocky Mountain Synod has been allocated ten voting members plus two additional voting members.

CWA Voting Members to be elected (twelve total, reflecting the representational principles of the ELCA):

Six lay leaders including youth (under the age of 18) or young adult (18-30 years of age):
1. RMS Vice-President
2. Youth or young adult
3.
4.
5. 
6.

Four rostered leaders including the RMS bishop:                     
1. RMS bishop
2.
3.
4.

One additional person of color or person whose primary language is other than English
1.

One additional youth or youth adult
1.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel my registration?

Cancellations cannot be accepted and no refunds can be issued because of contractual agreements with the hotel.

When should I arrive?

Plan to arrive and check-in no later than 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25. Voting members must check in 30 minutes prior to the first ballot, and after we officially "open the Assembly" with a short litany, the procedure for the first ballot will begin. All other schedule information is fluid - thank you in advance for your flexibility! The Assembly will function on an "if/then" schedule dependent on the election process.

What if I want to submit a Memorial or a Resolution?

Memorials and resolutions may be submitted from the floor of the assembly no later than 8:30 p.m. on the first day (April 25). Guidelines for Memorials and Resolutions are available HERE. All resolutions, memorials, and main motions will be review by the RMS Committee on Reference and Counsel, in consultation with the Assembly chair and parliamentarian.