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At the 2022 Oregon Synod Assembly your congregation voting members elected 15 people to serve the synod across five different bodies.
Thank you!
Your willingness to make a contribution to the life of your church is significant and appreciated. Keep reading to find out more about what the committee, councils, and boards they are serving on, do to keep our synod healthy, engaged and faithful and we walk together into courageous love!
Synod Council acts as the synod board of directors and as the interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly. The council works with the synod bishop and vice-president to oversee the work of the synod, including supporting new and existing ministries, creating sustainable, faithful budgets, defining and interpreting mission and vision, and helping further a tone in the synod of deep faithfulness and creative courage as we walk in the Way of Jesus. Positions are a three-year term eligible for re-election for one additional consecutive term. 
Endowment Board: Along with the synod treasurer and bishop, the Endowment Board (or committee) oversees the activities of the Endowment Fund. This includes the regular disbursement of funds to support creative ministries in the synod, highlighting the mission of the Endowment Fund, cultivating new gifts to grow the fund and communicating with the leaders of the synod all the activities of the fund - stories, hopes, new grants, due dates for new proposals and more. Positions are a three-year term, eligible for reelection to one additional consecutive term.  
Consultation Committee: The Consultation Committee assists a congregation or congregations in the rare but important task of mediating disputes among congregations, disputes of factions within a congregation, or with a member whom the congregational council has deemed is interfering with the mission or ministry of the church. This process is detailed in the synod constitution and may include listening posts within the church community, one-to-one conversations with key parties, prayerful  discernment and the composing of recommendations. Positions are a six-year term without consecutive re-election. 
Discipline Committee: The Discipline Committee assists a congregation in the rare but important task of discernment around disciplining a congregation or church member with whom the congregational council cannot reach a mediated agreement. This committee is only engaged if the Consultation Committee has not been able to reach  an agreement and refers the matter to the Discipline Committee. This is detailed in the synod constitution and may include lengthy conversations, structured hearings, group deliberation, ongoing prayer and the difficult but often necessary task of setting boundaries for various parties in writing. Positions are a six-year term without consecutive re-election.
Churchwide Council: Our member of the Churchwide Council works with the Presiding Bishop, ELCA Vice-President and a diverse ELCA Council to oversee the work of the denomination, including supporting new and existing ministries, creating sustainable, faithful budgets, defining and interpreting mission and vision, and helping further a tone in the ELCA of deep faithfulness and creative courage as we walk in the Way of Jesus. Position is a six-year term, not eligible for consecutive re-election.
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Oregon Synod
2800 N. Vancouver Ave., Suite #101
Portland, OR 97227

(503) 413-4191
Bishop Laurie Larson Caesar- BishopLaurie@OregonSynod.org
Bishop's Associate Juan Carlos La Puente- juancarlos@OregonSynod.org
Bishop's Associate Pr. Melissa Reed- pastormelissa@OregonSynod.org
Synod Office (Jemae McCanna)- office@OregonSynod.org 
Disaster Preparedness Team (Jan Wierima)- beprepared@oregonsynod.org
 






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