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North Carolina Synod
The North Carolina synod of the ELCA is composed of 99 congregations across this great state, from Murphy to Manteo we like to say. Of those 99 congregations, 50 have less than 50 persons on average in Sunday worship, 25 have between 50 and 100 on Sunday, and the remainder more than 100. Living Saviour in the year 2018 averaged 139 in worship each Sunday. That gives you a snapshot of where we are numerically.
Your dollars support the North Carolina synod; a portion of all our offerings makes the mission and ministry of our synod happen. That includes caring for the staff, the synod building, with dollars filtering down to the camps, colleges, and agencies, such as Lutheran Disaster Relief and Lutheran Services Carolinas. The Synod is us! We are the synod!
You may not know, but every 3 years, each rostered person is required to go through a “Boundary Training” refresher course. Pastoral ethics, protecting congregations and leaders from any impropriety, taking care of the financial aspects of the congregation as well as being aware of youth, social media, and other issues that can entangle a congregation are topics covered. New this year is a session on racism, designed to help us be aware of the ways our cultural norms hinder us from acting with equity and justice.
Your synod produced the entire series of “Seriously” podcasts, addressing women in ministry, with a study guide available to use for discussion in the congregation or small groups. Our synod also offers training courses on financial matters, preaching studies, the latest in Christian education reforms, as well as how to relate to youth and the aging. The synod works hard to provide new ways of helping individual congregations with resources for media, learning, and difficult topics. The staff is a fantastic resource in many matters and helps with everything from answering simple or complex questions to actually visiting on-site for very complex matters. At the end of this month, a group of selected leaders who are trying holy innovations are convening for a time of study, learning, and cross-pollination of ideas, and I am invited to participate!
We are synod together. I rejoice in how our NC Synod is governed by a Synod Council, elected by you who attend synod assembly each year, composed of lay and rostered leaders; is cared for by a competent staff, and a bishop who is passionate, loving, and cares for each congregation, leader, and the traditions of the ELCA. I give thanks for our Synod, because together we make a difference in the world.