Synod Assembly 2018


Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly
June 8-10, 2018
Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa

Philip Melanchthon was a scholar, theologian and, next to Martin Luther himself, a primary founder of Lutheranism. He worked closely with Luther, helping with his translation of the Bible and serving as the primary author the Augsburg Confession. Melanchthon was considered an intellectual leader of the Lutheran Reformation and an influential designer of educational systems still used today. 

Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education

The 2018 Synod Assembly will gather at Wartburg College, Waverly, June 8-10, for business surrounded by word and sacrament, with the theme, “Celebrating Renewal: Philip Melanchthon — Education.”

Assembly events will include worship and communion services, plenary sessions, forums, seminars, ministry exhibits and more.

The Rev. Dr. Timothy J. Wengert, an ELCA pastor and professor emeritus of Reformation history at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, will be the keynote speaker. His keynote title will be “‘More Lutheran than Luther:’ Philip Melanchthon and the Educational Reformation of the Church.”

The churchwide representative will be the Rev. Heidi Torgerson-Martinez, director for Global Service, ELCA.



Elections & Resolutions

Voting members will elect synod council and committee members.

Business is presented in resolution form. Resolutions may be submitted to the Resolutions Committee by a voting member of a congregation in the Northeastern Iowa Synod, a congregation, or a conference.

Pre-Assembly Orientation An outline for hosting a pre-assembly orientation.

Parliamentary Procedure Guide An outline to follow parliamentary procedure.




Voting members must be voting members of their congregations.


Congregations are encouraged to elect a youth voting member.


Visitors, both adults and youth, are welcome and encouraged to attend.


Fee categories are non-commuter (meals, housing), commuter (meals, no housing), and visitor (no meals, no housing). Voting members have the opportunity to request the pre-assembly report as a printed or digital copy.


Early bird registration fees will be available.


A pre-assembly notebook will be mailed or a digital copy emailed to registered voting members.


Registration materials will be posted on this web page.



Past Synod Assemblies

2017 Synod Assembly Previous Synod Assemblies


Synod Assembly Dates

June 8-10, 2018
Wartburg College, Waverly

June 14-16, 2019
Luther College, Decorah

June 12-14, 2020
Wartburg College, Waverly