2021 Synod Assembly


June 11-12, 2021
Online Assembly
Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Johannes Bugenhagen

The Northeastern Iowa Synod Council has approved moving the 2021 Northeastern Iowa Synod to an online virtual event set for June 11-12. The live broadcast will be based at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa.

The primary purpose of this assembly will be the election of a new bishop. In addition, voting members will elect a synod secretary, synod council members and nominating committee, and approve synod budget and compensation guidelines.

The Assembly theme will be “Celebrating Renewal: Johannes Bugenhagen, Parish Pastor of the Reformation.”

Plans also include designated time to honor the milestone anniversaries from 2020 of women being ordained in the ELCA—50th anniversary of U.S. Lutheran churches’ decision to ordain women, 40th anniversary of the ordination of the first women of color, and 10th anniversary of the ELCA’s decision to officially ordain people in same-gender committed relationships.

Please check back for updates regarding the synod agenda, registration, online links, and more.


The Northeastern Iowa Synod uses an ecclesiastical ballot for the election of the Bishop, which means there are no verbal or written nominations made in advance of the first ballot.

At the Assembly, voting members will submit the name of an eligible minister of Word and Sacrament of the ELCA. The first ballot is considered a nominating ballot, and everyone who receives a vote is listed on the second ballot, except for those who withdraw. The number of nominees decreases on subsequent ballots until one nominee receives the required majority of votes. (See box.)

Watch for more details about the online voting process for this year’s assembly.



Past Synod Assemblies

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Calling a Bishop

The Calling a Bishop document is a resource to help prepare for the bishop election at the Synod Assembly.





Synod Profile

The Synod Profile gives an overview of the Northeastern Iowa Synod’s ministries, rostered ministers and congregations, and is a resource to use for the bishop election at the Synod Assembly.