2018 Synod Assembly

2018 Nebraska Synod Assembly: Building on the Foundation will be held May 31- June 2, 2018 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.

"For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it." 
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ."      -1 Cor 3:9-11


We are excited to have you join us at the 2018 NE Synod Assembly.  As we gather in assembly to elect a Bishop you will be participating in building the foundation for the future of the Nebraska Synod. 

All worship centers, synod serving arms, and organizations joining together at the Synod Assembly on May 31- June 2, 2018 are invited to bring a “wood block” to build the foundation of a cross at the assembly.

Your “wood block” should be an 8-inch-long piece of 2 by 4 that is painted, written on, and decorated so that it represents who you are as a valued part of the Nebraska Synod.  Use your creativity to show who you are through your “wood block”. 

We need to have uniformity in our “wood blocks” so please do not exceed the 8-inch-long piece of 2 by 4 and keep all sides as smooth as possible so that the foundation we will be building is sturdy and strong.

If you have questions about your “wood block”, please feel free to contact the Nebraska Synod Office at office@nebraskasynod.org.


2018 Presenters/Speakers


Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander

Associate Minister, Director for Center for Faith Studies

Countryside Community Church

Dr. Alexander was raised in Columbus, OH where she received her Bachelor’s degree from Capital University in Columbus OH. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Theology and Literature from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, which she completed in 1987, and in 1988 Chris married her husband, Rev. Dr. Scott Frederickson. Chris and Scott enjoy spending time with their two daughters and grandson.

Chris served many program ministry and church administration positions before realizing her call to ordained ministry.  In 2005 Chris returned to seminary within the Theological Education for Emerging Ministries Program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley CA, in order to complete the requirements for ordination. She performed her internship with Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck ND in 2006, and was formally ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on January 18, 2007, after being called by Faith Lutheran as their Associate Pastor.

Chris joined Countryside Community Church in December 2010 and now serves as their Associate Minister and the Director for Center For Faith Studies. As Countryside is the Christian partner in the Tri-Faith Initiative, Chris has had a great many opportunities to experience Spiritual Practices of differing faith traditions and exploring methods for intentional listening to God in inter-faith conversation and rituals.

Chris earned her Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Mission and Leadership from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, in 2017. Her dissertation is entitled Opening To Revelation: Building Discernment Processes From Practices That Best Inform Communal Decision Making. 



William “Bill” Horne, II

William “Bill” Horne, II was elected the Vice President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on August 12, 2016, at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans. He followed Carlos Peña, who served for 12 years. 

A member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Clearwater, FLorida, “Bill” has served as City Manager of Clearwater, Florida since 2001, 15 years! He is also an officer of the US Air Force. 

Bill has served on the ELCA Church Council, 2009-15. He was the Florida-Bahamas Synod Vice President 2005-09. He has also been president of his congregation. 

Bill holds an M.A. Political Science from Auburn University in Montgomery, an M.A. Human Resources Management from Pepperdine University, and a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa. He sits on the board of directors of Lutheran Services of Florida, the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary Advisory Council, the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative and the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation. He is known for his empathy, executive decision-making, leadership, integrity, transparency, trust, experience in managing large organizations, ability to work with diverse populations and individuals, and problem-solving.


Thursday, May 31- Pre-Assembly Day (Agenda has been revised- Please see downloadable documents at the bottom of the page for the new Agenda)


2:30 pm – 4:00 pm                  “Draft of a Social Statement on Women and Justice” hearing (please make sure you have read the Social Statement Draft before attending, link to statement is at the bottom of the page)

10:00 am – 4:00 pm                Synod Council

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm                Registration

6:30 pm                                    Meet the candidates for elections (Appetizers provided)


Friday, June 1


7:30 am                                    Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 am                Opening Worship

10:15 am                                  Welcome and Announcements

10:30 am – 11:45 am              Assembly Business Session I

·       Formal Opening of Assembly

·       Report of Committee on Registration & Attendance

·       Synod Council Resolution 1 – Assembly Agenda

·       Synod Council Resolution 2 – Assembly Rules of Procedure

·       Bishop Election Instructions (Registration will freeze until completion of 1st ballot)

·       First Ballot for Bishop

·       Instructions for General Elections (Registration re-opens)

·       General Elections

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm                Willing Witness Luncheon/General Luncheon

1:15 pm                                    Deadline for Resolutions to the Resolutions Committee

                                                  Deadline for General Election ballots to be submitted

1:15 pm – 4:30 pm                   Assembly Festival Session I

·       Video Presentation

·       other

·       3:00 pm – Break

·       3:30 pm – KEYNOTE

4:30 pm                                    Assembly Business Session II

·       Report on First Ballot

·       Special Instructions

·       Action on En Bloc Items

o   Receipt of the Reports of Vice President and Synod Council

o   Synod Council Resolution 3 – Authorization for Specified Agencies and Causes to present their needs to the Congregations of the Nebraska Synod for Special Offerings

o   Synod Council Resolution 4 – Authorization for Synodically-Authorized Worship Communities

o   Synod Council Resolution 5 – Proposed Compensation Guidelines

o   Synod Council Resolution 6 – Approval of the Audit Report

·       Report of the Treasurer

·       Introduction of Synod Council Resolution 7 – Proposed 2019 Preliminary Budget

·       Bishop Election Instructions

·       Second Ballot for Bishop

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm                  Assembly Festival Session II

·       *Dinner on your own*

·       Reception/Partners in Ministry Banquet (requires an additional ticket)


Saturday, June  2


7:30 am – 11:30 am                 Assembly Festival Session III

·       7:30 am     Synod 5K Fun Run & Walk (Register with the link at the bottom of page)

·       9:00 am     Ministry Fair Activities begin

·       11:30 am   Lunch

·       Video Presentation – “We Are Lutheran/We Are Church Together”

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm                 Assembly Business Session III

·       Video Presentation

·       Report on Second Ballot

·       Synod Council Resolution 7 – Proposed 2019 Budget

·       Late Assembly Resolutions

·       Bishop Election Instructions

·       Third Ballot for Bishop (if necessary)

·       Top three candidates address Assembly (if necessary)

·       Fourth Ballot for Bishop (if necessary)

·       Fifth Ballot for Bishop (if necessary)

·       Bishop’s Report

·       ELCA Presentation: Bill Horne – ELCA Vice President

·       Report on General Election

·       Report of the Committee on Minutes


2:00 pm                                   Assembly Festival Session IV

·       2:00 pm – KEYNOTE

·       3:00 pm – Closing Worship with Holy Communion



Earlybird registration at a rate of $170 for voting members and $125 for qualifying discounted voting members and nonvoting visitors is open until March 30.

Regular registration at a rate of $225 for voting members and $175 for qualifying discounted voting members and nonvoting visitors is open until April 30.

Late registration at a rate of $250 for voting members and $200 for qualifying discounted voting members and nonvoting visitors is open from May 1 through May 11.

No registrations will be accepted after May 11. Registration fees are transferable but not refundable.

Congregations may select voting members for Synod Assembly according to the following allocation:

Baptized Members Voting Members

0-174 1-2

175-474 2

475-774 2-3

775-1074 2-4

1075-1474 2-5

1475-1874 2-6

1875- 2-7

Hotel Information

Hotel room blocks have been reserved at the hotels listed below. Attendees need to make their own reservation by calling the hotels and mentioning “Nebraska Synod Assembly” to get the special group rate.

Worship Offering 2018

The Worship Offering collected at the 2018 Nebraska Synod Assembly will go to the Synod Mission Field Nebraska Fund and the Campaign for the ELCA’s Fund for Leaders.

Mission Field Nebraska is thirteen of our newest and most innovative ministries in the Nebraska Synod. It supports worship and learning in at least eight languages among immigrants, refugees and Natives, and its efforts are geared toward raising up lay leaders, pastors and deacons from within these diverse communities where the Church has traditionally been unfamiliar. 

The Campaign for the ELCA’s Fund for Leaders is investing in the future of the church by supporting outstanding leaders as they answer the call to serve this church and the world. 

Download and Links

2018 Nebraska Synod Orientation Video

Staff Contact