2024 Bishop Election

Election of Our Next Bishop

Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will be electing a new bishop at the Synod Assembly in 2024. Watch this page for information and updates.

The synod constitution outlines a three-stage process to prepare the synod for the election. Read the continuing resolution.

  1. A team will develop a Synodical Mission Profile.
  2. A Discernment Team will develop a prayer-filled process for conversation and discernment across the synod.
  3. The Committee on Bishop Elections shall oversee the process of ecclesiastical ballot at the assembly.

Volunteers are being sought to participate in these teams. Deadline is August 21, 2023.

Can You Help with the 2024 Bishop Election?

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Our synod will be electing a new bishop at the 2024 Synod Assembly. Bishop Patricia A. Davenport is concluding her six-year term and has informed the Synod Council that she will not stand for a second term.

In 2017 the Synod Council adopted a Continuing Resolution outlining a process to help us prepare for this election. There will be three teams established to handle three different aspects of this important decision.

A Transition Team will develop a Synodical Mission Profile, which will assess the vitality of and hoped-for missional direction of the synod.

A Discernment Team will determine a process for discussing the profile and considering persons who may have the gifts to serve as bishop.

Finally, a Committee on Bishop Elections will oversee the process of the election at the Assembly.

The Executive Committee is seeking persons who may have interest in serving on one of these teams. If you would like to be considered for appointment to one of these teams please fill out the form linked below. Completed forms should be sent by August 21, 2023 to:

Thank you for your prayerful consideration!

Blessings in Christ,

Tracey A. Beasley

Vice President
Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

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