Synod Assembly 2023

Register for the 2023 Assembly!

The 2023 NC Synod Assembly is set for June 2-3 at Koury Convention Center, Greensboro.

Voting Members

  • Rostered ministers and other voting members are encouraged to register by the early-bird deadline, Saturday, April 15, for the $225 registration rate (meals included).
  • Voting members are required to attend onsite. There will be no online voting.

Retired Rostered Ministers and Other Guests

  • Retired rostered ministers will be able to register as non-voting attendees if they choose, either with or without meals.
  • Guests can register with or without meals.


  • The Pre-Assembly event will take place on Thursday, June 1, for $50 (includes lunch). Whether you plan to attend only Pre-Assembly, Assembly, or both, the same registration link may be used.

No Onsite Registration

  • Rooms are available for a negotiated rate of $144/night
Diana Haywood

Diana Haywood

NC Synod Vice President

I maintain and continue to declare that North Carolina is the place to be, and this year is no different. See you at Synod Assembly!

Countdown to Assembly


Koury Convention Center is located in the Sheraton. Hotel rooms in the Sheraton are available at the negotiated rate of $144/night until April 29, 2023.

Who Do You Say That I Am?

In the 16th chapter of Matthew, Jesus asks Peter, "who do you say that I am?" At this year's Synod Assembly, we consider the same question as we dive deeper into the synod core values: Christ-Centered, Generosity, Relationship, and Reconciliation.

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 Faces from the Stage

Diana Haywood

Diana Haywood

Vice President
North Carolina Synod Council

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The Rev. Tim Smith

North Carolina Synod, ELCA

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Jodi Slattery

Executive, Governance—Office of the Secretary
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The Pre-Assembly event will take place on Thursday, June 1, for $50 (includes lunch).

For over two thousand years the ministry of the church is at its best when it is mutual. Yet Mutual Ministry often remains unaddressed except for a constitutionally-required committee that bears that name. This year’s workshop, led by Pastor Mark Fitzsimmons, will begin in the morning with a focus on why this mutuality is necessary and how local context determines its practice. In the afternoon, attention will shift to what we can do back home to effectively engender a culture of mutuality. More than a committee, intentional mutual ministry can transform congregations, volunteers, and elected leaders—both rostered and lay. This pre-assembly event is designed to provide six contact hours of continuing education for rostered ministers (or .6 CEU).

Pre-Assembly 2018
Pre-Assembly 2018

Conference Cluster Meetings

Conference Cluster Meetings are for all Voting Members attending NC Synod Assembly; while not mandatory, attendance is highly recommended. If you cannot attend the meeting in your conference, you are welcome to attend one of the other two meetings. These meetings will include worship, information regarding resolutions and elections, voting practice— please bring a phone or computer—as we will be voting online this year, and a meal. Register now.

April 23 @ 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Eastern Conference Cluster Meeting

St. James, Fayetteville

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April 29 @ 11:00 AM

Western Conference Cluster Meeting

Calvary – Morganton

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April 30 @ 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Central Conference Cluster Meeting

Becks, Lexington

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Assembly Agenda

Thursday, June 1

(Pre-Assembly Event)

8:30 a.m.  Pre-Assembly Registration
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Pre-Assembly Part One
12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pre-Assembly Part Two

Friday, June 2

8 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Check-in
10 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session One
11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Session Two
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Worship @ First Presbyterian, Greensboro

Saturday, June 3

8 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Session Three
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Session Four

General Information

Conference Cluster Meetings

Please make plans to attend whichever one of these fits your schedule to learn about the business of the 2023 Synod Assembly and to get to know other voting members from your cluster.
Eastern Cluster: Sunday, April 23, 4:30 pm—St. James, Fayetteville
Western Cluster: Saturday, April 29, 11 am—Calvary, Morganton
Central Cluster: Sunday, April 30, 4:30 pm—Becks, Lexington

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2023 Voting Member Information

Look over this information to be prepared to have a great assembly.

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2023 Assembly Timeline_draft 1

This first draft of the timeline will give you a good idea of when things start and end. The timeline will be updated with more detail as assembly gets closer.

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2023 Assembly Registration Process

All you need to know to complete the 2023 NC Synod Assembly registration process with ease.

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Assembly Elections

This year the assembly will elect a Synod Council Secretary, Synod Council members, and Churchwide Assembly Voting Members. Nominations will be open through Wednesday, April 7. Nomination Form. "Floor" nominations will be received ahead of time. Learn more. Once nominations are closed, biographical information about nominees will be on the assembly webpage by Monday, May 15.

Nomination Form

This year the assembly will elect a Synod Council Secretary, Synod Council members, and Churchwide Assembly Voting Members. Nominations will be open through Wednesday, April 7.

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Who Votes at Assembly 2023?

Who votes at a synod assembly? It can be confusing but this will help you figure it out.

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Assembly Resolutions

Resolutions and memorials may be submitted for consideration by the assembly. The submission deadline is Saturday, April 15.The Synod Assembly Reference and Counsel Committee reviews submitted resolutions and memorials and then makes a recommendation to the assembly. Those to be considered by the assembly will be posted on the assembly webpage by Monday, May 15.

2023 Assembly Resolution Submission Form

When you’re ready to submit your resolution or memorial, complete this form.

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2023 Assembly Resolution Worksheet

This worksheet will help you understand resolutions and memorials along with instructions for submitting a resolution/memorial for consideration at this year’s assembly.

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Assembly Financials

Information concerning the NC Synod audit, proposed 2024 and 2025 budgets, proposed Mission Support formula, and proposed Compensation Guidelines are assembled by the synod staff and Synod Council Finance Committee and approved for an Assembly vote. These documents will all be available on the assembly webpage in April following the March Synod Council meeting.

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