The deadline for Voting Members to register is Friday, May 7.

Voting Members can register here
Registration is open for VOTING MEMBERS of the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly. Each voting member must use their own email address to register. This is necessary for the credentialing of voting members. It is the responsibility of congregations and congregational offices to make sure that their voting members receive technological support during the assembly, if needed.
Voting members serve on behalf of all the people of the Southwest California Synod. To be a voting member is to be entrusted by your congregation to make decisions for the well-being of our synod and the whole church. Information will be made available as soon as possible about participating in this virtual event and about LUMI, the voting platform that will be utilized at the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly.
Voting members of the Synod Assembly consist of:
-All ELCA Rostered Ministers under call in our synod (pastors and deacons)
-Lay congregation members who have been elected by their congregation (congregations should make every effort to include both male and female lay members) as designated in your congregation's invoice
-Each congregation is entitled and encouraged to register an additional confirmed Youth (under 18) or Young Adult  (18 – 30) voting member as part of their congregational representation – PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR THE 2021 ASSEMBLY THERE WILL BE NO ADDITIONAL FEE FOR THE REGISTRATION OF AN ADDITIONAL YOUTH OR YOUNG ADULT VOTING MEMBER
-Synod Council members and Synod Officers
-Ecumenical partners serving as a called pastor to a SWCA Synod congregation
All voting members must have:
1) an email address that is not shared by any other voting member for assembly and voting platform access during the assembly;
2) access to an internet-connected device (desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or mobile) that is not shared by any other voting member for assembly and voting platform access during the assembly; and
3) access to an adequate internet/wifi connection during the course of the assembly.

2021 SWCA Synod Assembly Fees

The Congregational Registration fee for one called Rostered Minister and two lay voting members for the 2021 Synod Assembly is $395.
If a congregation paid the early bird registration fee for the 2020 Assembly, a refund for the difference will be issued. The congregation also has the option of donating the difference to assist underfunded congregations with assembly costs. If your congregation has not prepaid the registration fee, an invoice will be issued for the amount due.
-Additional Rostered Minister Under Call (clergy or deacon) – $50
-Additional Lay Voting Member (congregations are informed if the size of their membership entitles them to an additional lay voting member or members) – $50
-Additional confirmed Youth or Young Adult Voting Member: each congregation is entitled and encouraged to register an additional Youth (under 18) or Young Adult (18 – 30) voting member as part of their congregation's representation – NO ADDITIONAL REGISTRATION FEE
-Rostered Minister under Synodical or Special Call - $50
-Synod Council Member - NO FEE

Bishop's Election

The 2021 Committee for a Bishop’s Election calls upon members and congregations of this synod to prayerfully consider qualified candidates for this position and Call, and additionally for qualified candidates to discern if they may be Called to this position of stewardship, guidance, and leadership.
The Southwest California Synod Constitution and the latest edition of the ELCA’s Guidelines for Synod Bishop Elections provide instructions for conducting this process.
Candidates for Bishop must be ordained pastors of the ELCA. Those who are pre-nominated, either by others or by themselves, will be asked to complete a biographical information form that has been prepared by the Committee. Any member of a congregation of this Synod may submit to the Synod office the name of any person they wish to pre-nominate as a candidate for bishop. Any member of a congregation of this Synod may submit to the Synod office the name of any person they wish to pre-nominate as a candidate for bishop by using this form. Pre-nominations are open now through March 26, 2021. Biographical information and consent forms will then be sent to those pre-nominated. The Biographical Information Form is also available for those self-nominating (please download and email, once complete, to shenderson@socalsynod.org). Read more about the Bishop's Election here.
Nomination  Form
Biographical Information Form

 

Synod Self-Assessment

The Southwest California Synod began its transition period in July 2020 with the creation of a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) review of its practices, activities and mutual ministries with and among the conferences, congregations and congregants. This assessment of the Synod’s capacity, its ability to provide guidance, direction and assistance provides for a greater appreciation of the challenges that lie ahead for any incoming Bishop and Synod Council.
The results are linked below. The Conferences of the SWCA Synod are in the process of producing their supplemental SWOT reports, which will be added to the linked page as they are completed.
Synod-Wide Review and Self Assessment Summary  
Synod-Wide Review and Self Assessment
Synod-Wide Review and Self Assessment & Summary (PDF) 
Conference SWOT Reports

Call for Resolutions

Memorials and resolutions enable our Churchwide Organization to address broad policy issues or issues important to God’s mission in the world. Memorials address broad policy issues, while resolutions have a narrower focus, requesting consideration or action by individual offices, units, or the Church Council. A Memorials Committee, appointed by the ELCA Church Council, receives memorials from synod assemblies and makes appropriate recommendations for assembly action.
Resolution and Memorials for consideration at the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly are due no later than Friday, April 2 at 5:00 p.m. Resolutions and Memorials may be submitted by any institution, agency, synod ministry board, coalition, or congregation, and must bear the signatures of at least five people who are members of the Southwest California Synod.
See the full Call for Resolutions here.

Call for Nominees

The Nominating Committee of the Southwest California Synod invites members of synod congregations to prayerfully consider if God is calling them to serve on Synod Council, a Synod Committee, or as a voting member of the 2022 Churchwide Assembly. Please see the full Call for Nominations for the positions and descriptions, and click here to see short videos from our Vice-President, Members-at-Large, Conference Representative, and Youth Representative.
We are looking for candidates who have a desire to share their experience, knowledge and passion as leaders in the synod. We need good listeners, critical thinkers, folks with an openness to the Spirit, and a willingness to share their thoughts, ideas, and concerns.
Candidates can self-nominate for open positions by completing the online nomination form, linked below. The online form can also be used to nominate candidates.
Please note that nomination forms for all positions must be submitted no later than April 30, 2021.
Call for Nominations 
Want to know more about serving in Synod Leadership? Click here for short videos from our Vice-President, Members-at-Large, Conference Representative, and Youth Representative!