What Is a Synod?
The word synod, from the Greek words syn and hodos, means walking together. This name for the 65 entities of the ELCA offers a good description of their purpose. In and through synods, congregations and other ministries walk together. Synods coordinate the work of congregations within their territories and plan for the Church’s mission in their area.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod consists of 278 congregations, 150,252 baptized members, 438 rostered leaders (pastors, associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal ministers), and nine mission districts.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, in partnership with the churchwide organization, bears primary responsibility for the oversight of the life and mission of the church on the territory of the synod.
Our purpose as God’s people in northeastern Pennsylvania is encountering and sharing God’s word of love given in Jesus Christ—encouraging lives of service.
The structure of the synod bears witness to this vision. In June 2009, after months of conversation among members of the synod regarding the purpose of and directions for the church in northeastern Pennsylvania, the synod assembly adopted the purpose statement and five priorities for its mission.
Bishop Samuel R. Zeiser, as the synod’s pastor, has primary responsibility for the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the synod and its congregations and provides pastoral care and leadership for the synod, its congregations, its ordained ministers, and its other rostered leaders.
The main office of the synod is in Schoenersville, near the Lehigh Valley International Airport. For directions, office hours, and telephone numbers, click here.
For more information and statistics on the synod, click on this link to the ELCA page about synods, select the kind of report you’d like to see, then click on the link to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod (7E).