Our Mission Statement:
Empowered by God ~ Shepherding the church ~ Serving the world!
In 2020, the MNO Synod council adopted an intentional welcome statement and committed itself to the ongoing work of reconciliation and radical inclusion.
We have been reconciled to God through Christ. God forms us in the image of God, knows us and welcomes us. The MNO Synod seeks to welcome, embody, inspire, and support the acceptance and full participation of people of all racial and ethnic identities; as well as all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, their allies/supporters, friends and families. We strive for racial equity, andwe want all people to know that they are each created in the image of God and valued for who they are. Through the grace of God, we are the Body of Christ when we embrace diversity and when all people are invited to participate fully in the life and ministry of the church. The MNO Synod commits itself to ongoing education, honest reflection, discussion, and policy and process development that will make our communities a safe space for all people to find welcome and to grow in faith. We ask God to guide us in living out this ministry of reconciliation.
As we make decisions and plan ministry in the synod we will strive to:
Discern God’s will through scripture and prayer
Seek the common good
Shape and grow disciples
Share the gospel
Organization Structure and Governance
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) was formed in 1986 through the merger of the former Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCC) and Lutheran Church in America-Canada Section (LCA-CS). The ELCIC has 128,133 baptized members in 550 congregations across Canada.
Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario (MNO) Synod is one of five Synods of the ELCIC. The Synod covers 60 congregations in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (as far east as Thunder Bay) and has a baptized membership of 17,000
The decision making body of the MNO Synod is the biennial convention. The voting delegates to convention are MNO Synod Rostered Ministers, elected members of congregations, lay members on MNO Synod Council and 14 youth delegates (2 elected by each of the 7 conferences). The Convention elects 14 Synod Council members (with 4 year terms) to do visioning and the business of the synod between conventions. Within the Synod Council is the Synod Executive, consisting of the Bishop, Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The remaining council members are made up of one lay person from each of the seven conferences and three members-at-large who are rostered ministers. Synod Council meets 2 to 3 times per year, and the Synod Executive meets approximately once per month.
Within the MNO Synod are 7 conferences, representing the different areas that the Synod covers. Each Conference elects a Dean from the list of rostered ministers in the conference. The 7 Deans meet with the Synodical Bishop once or twice per year.
Synod Council oversees 4 committees, each with their own mandate. The 4 committees are as follows:
- Church in Society
Committee members are made up of a least one rostered minister and congregational members, who are appointed by the Synod Council for four-year terms. The Committees model their ministry around the missional directions set by Synod Council and report to Synod Council annually. Synod council reports to the Synod Conventions on the activities of the Committees.