The annual synod assembly is one way for the people of God in Upstate New York to be grounded in the resurrected Lord and Savior whose new life we celebrate in this season of Easter. It offers an opportunity for those gathered to grow in witness, give from our bounty, learn about World Hunger and other ministries and to remember the ways in which we are graced for the world. The Synod Assembly Planning Team is responsible for the overall planning of each year’s assembly. Working in collaboration with synod staff this group of lay and rostered volunteers develops a theme around one of five rotating focus areas set by the Synod Council. Ideally the Planning Team includes geographic representation from across the synod territory and includes youth and young adults.
The Planning Team gathers 6 – 7 times throughout the year to establish a schedule for the overall assembly which includes choosing a keynote speaker, planning workshops, Mission Expo, fellowship events, and worship opportunities. Working with the bishop and Synod Council vice president an agenda for plenary sessions and the business of the synod is created. The planning process begins as soon as the previous year’s assembly is over.