The Congregational Registration fee for one called Rostered Minister and two lay voting members for the 2021 Synod Assembly is $395. If your congregation paid the early bird registration fee for the 2020 Assembly, a refund for the difference will be issued, or the congregation 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. Voting members should register as soon as possible, whether or not their congregation's assembly fees have been paid.
⦿ 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 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
⦿ Rostered Ministers who are Retired, Disabled, or On Leave From Call (Voice & No Vote) - NO FEE
The deadline for Voting Members to register is Friday, May 7
This registration form is for individual VOTING MEMBERS of the 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly only. If you are unsure about your voting status, please contact Samantha Henderson at email@example.com. Each voting member must use their own email address to register. This is necessary for the credentialing of voting members. Each voting member must also use their own device (computer, tablet, cellphone, etc.) during the assembly. While voting members can view the assembly together on one device, if desired, separate devices for each voting member will be required in order to vote.
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
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. The 2021 SWCA Synod Assembly will be held virtually from June 4 - 5, and voting members will pass the synod budget, receive reports from synod ministries and partners, and elect the Synod Bishop as well as fill numerous council and committee positions. Voting members for the 2022 Churchwide Assembly will also be elected. Click here for information about Council positions, Committee positions, and Churchwide Assembly voting members.
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.
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.
It is the responsibility of congregations and congregational offices to make sure that their voting members receive technological support during the assembly, if needed.
Registration for Retired/On Leave from Call Rostered Leaders
The deadline to register is Friday, May 7
Per S7.22. of the Constitution of the SWCA Synod, rostered ministers who are retired, designated as disabled, or on leave from call shall have voice but not vote during the Synod Assembly. Retired ordained ministers on the roster of this synod serving as Interim Pastors at the time of the Synod Assembly shall be voting members (S7.22.01.)
There is no fee for rostered ministers who are retired, designated as disabled, or on leave from call to register for the 2021 Synod Assembly. If you are a retired rostered minister currently serving as an Interim Pastor, please click here and register here as a Voting Member.
We invite all members of SWCA Synod congregations, ministry partners, friends, and interested parties to be a 2021 Assembly Visitor! This Virtual Assembly will be live-streamed and accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Look for information about live-streaming on the synod website and in communications from the synod. If you aren't on the synod email list, or if you've unsubscribed and wish to re-subscribe, you can sign up here.
Rostered ministers who are retired, designated as disabled, or on leave from call have no vote at synod assemblies, but do have voice. If you are part of this category, please register here. If you do not wish to have voice at the 2021 assembly, you are invited to join other visitors in watching the live-stream.
Please contact Samantha at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a congregation with viewing capabilities and want to be a viewing site! We ask that all state and county COVID-19 safety protocols be followed.