2018 Assembly

The 2018 synod assembly took place on June 8 and 9, 2018, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477.

Report on the 31st Annual Assembly
Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA


The Metropolitan Chicago Synod met in assembly June 8 to 9, 2018, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois. This year’s theme was A New Heaven and a New Earth from Revelation 21:1.

After devotions and the Order for the Opening of an Assembly, the parliamentarian was appointed, the agenda approved, and committees appointed. Instructions were given on nominations and resolutions.

The assembly then heard from Mr. Paul Miles, President and CEO of the We Raise Foundation, whose vision is “People free from poverty, violence, and inequality.” The synod them continued its ongoing discussion about racism and diversity with a keynote presentation from motivational speaker Mr. Darrell Gordon.

After conducting conference meetings held over lunch, the assembly heard from partner ministries including Portico Benefit Services, Mission Investment Fund, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, the ELCA Credit Union, ELCA World Hunger, and synod treasurer Ms. Yvette NewberryWhite gave her report.

The assembly then attended one of two sessions of workshops and hearings before reconvening in the plenary session to hear the churchwide office report from the Rev. Wm Chris Boerger, ELCA Secretary, and to vote for voting members to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, and to debate resolutions.

A Celebration of the Holy Eucharist to which all were invited concluded the day’s events. The offering of $1,925.46 will be used for the synod leaders fund.

Throughout the plenary sessions, participants heard eight mission moments, coordinated by the synod’s Mission Interpreter Network, telling the story of congregations and partner ministries making a difference in their local communities, nationally, and around the world.

After devotions on Saturday morning, the budget was adopted, rostered leaders new to the synod were welcomed, rostered leader and congregation anniversaries were acknowledged, and the synod also honored congregations that have either closed or who have made the decision to close.

Come Alive Ministries was welcomed as an official congregation of the synod. The Rev. Marrion Johnson, the congregation’s pastor, and members of the congregation were available to take part in the welcome.

Mr. Terry Henderson, synod vice president, gave his report and presented the synod’s lay leadership award, the Sunergos Award, posthumously to Mr. Steve Homberg, the synod’s business manager who died in March. The Rev. Erin Clausen, synod secretary, then gave her report before a final session of debate on resolutions

The day ended with a closing prayer and the Order for the Closing of an Assembly.

Resolutions and Memorials

The following memorials and resolutions were adopted by the assembly:

Election Results 


The 2019 budget was adopted as presented.

Bishop's Report to Assembly

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