At the Synod Assembly at California Lutheran University, May 30 – June 1, 2019, voting members will elect a bishop for our Synod. Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and a key responsibility of the Synod Assembly. As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions of the synod; however, it is also a call process.
As such, it involves discernment, from the perspective both of individual potential nominees and of the synod as a whole. Thus, engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable aspects of the process of nomination and election, regardless of the particular provisions in the synod’s governing documents.
Bishop R. Guy Erwin, who will complete his six-year term August 31, has indicated his willingness to be considered for a second term. Other ordained ELCA pastors may be nominated and considered for this position and Call. The Southwest California Synod Constitution and the latest edition of the ELCA’s Guidelines for Synod Bishop Elections provide instructions for conducting this process. Please see the links below for important information about the process for nominating candidates and electing a bishop.