Synod Assembly

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The 2018 New England Synod Assembly will be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Mass. from Thursday, June 7th through Saturday, June 9th.  Our 2018 theme, “Stir it Up”, is what we plan to see happen across the New England Synod this coming year.  We’re opening ourselves to be stirred up by the Spirit.  Will the Spirit of God encourage New England Lutherans to connect their faith and everyday lives?  We’ll be discovering how to stir up those connections so that faith may come alive in the sharing of our stories!  Stir up your power, O Lord, and come!

We’ll be joined by our ELCA Representative Stephen Bouman, who will guide us through the Bishop’s election process that will begin Thursday afternoon shortly after the opening of assembly.  The Rev. Jeff Thiemann, CEO of Portico will be with us and presenting a Keynote on Discipleship.  The Rev. Carrie Smith of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jerusalem will be preaching, as well as presenting a session on her work in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).   She'll be joined by Deacon Adrainne Gray, Communications Coordinator for the ELCJHL,  In addition, we will receive greetings from Aida Mansoor of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford.  This year we are planning 245's, which are two hundred and forty-five second glimpses into some of the unique ministries of our congregations, new missions and experiments.

The non-voting visitor registration fee of $25 includes access to all worship, keynotes, and workshops; a great deal for visitors! We encourage congregations to send non-voting visitors as well as voting members. 

PRELIMINARY AGENDA (subject to change)

Thursday, June 7

11:30 am         Registration opens

1:00 pm           Opening of the Assembly

6:30 pm           Dinner at the MMC

7:45 pm           Keynote Speaker Pastor Jeff Thiemann

Friday, June 8

 8:30 am           Assembly business begins

 11:30 am         Lunch break

 1:00 pm           Assembly resumes

  5:15 pm           Dinner break

  7:15 pm           Reception & Keynote Speaker Pastor Carrie Smith

 Saturday, June 9

8:30 am           Assembly business begins     

12:30 pm         Closing of assembly


Congregations are entitled to two lay voting members.   It is expected but not required, that one voting member be female and one male.  Congregations may send a third lay voting member, as long as one of the three is a youth/young adult (age 30 or younger at time of election, and confirmed) or a person of color/language other than English.  It is the responsibility of each congregation to cover the registration, travel, lodging and dining costs of its voting members (lay and clergy).

ASSEMBLY FEES       $170 per person if registered and paid by April 30th

FOR VOTING               $195 per person if registered after April 30th and paid by May 31th

MEMBERS                   $235 per person at the door (or late payments for above registrations)


Fee includes dinner on Thursday; additional meal tickets may be purchased for guests.  

Limited scholarship assistance is available; please contact Martha Whyte at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Non-voting Visitor Fee of $25 per person (does not include dinner which can be purchased separately during online registration only). 


All voting members, non-voting visitors, guests and volunteers including display table and workshop hosts must register for the assembly.  There is a separate field in the registration link for volunteers assisting with exhibit tables, workshops, or registration and for guests attending anniversary recognitions, School of Lay Ministry graduation, or worship. 

On-line registration will close on May 31st, 2018.   Please plan accordingly.


  • All active rostered ministers must register as voting members.
  • Retired rostered ministers may registered either as voting or non-voting members.
  • Rostered ministers on leave from call must register as non-voters.
  • Lay members elected by their congregations must register as voting members.

Please complete all required fields on the registration form (marked with an *). If you do not know the name of your conference, please check with your pastor or congregational secretary.

IF PAYING BY CHECK: After completing your registration form, please print a copy and mail it to New England Synod, 20 Upland Street, Worcester, MA 01607-1624. Please include the number of the check accompanying your registration, or ask your congregational treasurer to include that number on each form if multiple forms are mailed together.

VOTING MEMBERS selected by your congregation or ROSTERED MINISTERS, register here:
click here to register as a voting member

*If you are a Keynote Presenter or ELCA Representative, Ecumenical Partner, Assembly Staff (office, musicians, AV), Volunteer for display table or workshop, Anniversary Honoree, Guest of Anniversary Honoree, School of Lay Ministry Graduate, or Guest of Graduate, please register on the NON-VOTING VISITOR page under the appropriate heading.

NON-VOTING VISITOR attending on your own or assisting with the event, register below:

click here to register as a non-voting visitor

 Refunds: Cancellations requested by May 1st, 2018, can receive a full refund.

Lodging reservation must be made separately using the link below. A block of rooms for the New England Synod has been reserved at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel. The deadline for hotel reservations is May 5th, 2018. Be sure to pre-arrange your roommate and send in only one reservation form per room.  Check in time is 3 p.m. Luggage may be safely stored by the hotel, if necessary.

To register at the Sheraton, click here

The room block at the Sheraton is now full.  Other local hotels in easy driving distance include:

Hampton Inn & Suites, Springfield (413) 310 2300

La Quinta Inn & Suites, Springfield (413) 781 0900

Hilton Garden Inn, Springfield (413) 886 8000

Residence Inn, West Springfield (413) 732 9543


If you'd like to nominate an individual for a seat on Synod Council, Discipline Committee or Church Wide Assembly delegation, please use this form, which may be turned in on the opening day of assembly at the registration desk.

Information on submitting a resolution or memorial may be found here.
Curious about the workshops?  Workshops will be offered on Friday at 1 pm and 4 pm, and on Saturday morning at 9 am.  We have 12 great offerings to choose from - you may want to confer with other voting members from your congregation and spread out to cover all the topics your church might be interested in.  Click here to view descriptions and schedule of workshops.