Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gather in assembly to lift up and celebrate ministries and address the official business of the synod. The Assembly is this synod’s highest legislative authority, limited only by the constitution and bylaws of the synod and the ELCA, and the assembly’s own resolutions. Assembly is also a cherished time when we gather from across the synod to reconnect with friends, meet new ones, and share what it means to be the body of Christ.

The 2021 Southeastern Iowa Synod Assembly will gather virtually on Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, 2021 under the theme “Baptized and Set Free.” The assembly will be held in a manner similar to the 2020 assembly with voting members gathering via zoom and visitors invited to view the event via livestream. The production will again take place thanks to the ministry and hospitality of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines


Information about the number of voting members and representation can be found here.

Registration opens Monday, March 8 and is $40 per voting member. Registration will be online only as each voting member is required to register with a unique email address.

Click here to register online

Online registration ends Wednesday, May 12th at noon. There will be no late registrations accepted and no refunds allowed after that date.


Assembly Orientation Sessions and Voter Portal

In order to provide online materials and access to voting, each voting member but be registered under a unique email address to each person. There will also be optional orientation sessions offered to help voting members with the online tools that will be used during the assembly. Each voting member will also have access to the Voter Portal, a webpage which has all materials, instructional videos, and other resources for the assembly.

Assembly Orientation Sessions
Information to register for these orientation sessions will be sent to registered voting members at a later date.
Sunday, May 16th 4:30 pm

Monday, May 17th 7:00 pm


Friday, May 21

4:30 pm           Check-in opens

5:30 pm           Introductory Session and reports

6:30 pm           Evening entertainment

Saturday, May 22

8:00 am           Check-in opens

9:00 am           Plenary Session 1

11:00 am         Break

11:15 am         Plenary Session 2

12:15 pm         Break for Lunch

12:45 pm         Plenary Session 3

2:00 pm           Break

2:15                 Plenary Session 4

Closing of the Assembly


Resolutions are due to the reference and counsel committee no later than Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

For more information about resolutions visit the assembly resolutions page.

Pre-Assembly Materials (Materials will begin to be posted on March 16)

Section 1

  • General Information
  • Rules
  • Schedule
  • Information about Speakers

Section 2

  • Vice President Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Mission Spending Plan
  • Financial Information

Section 3

  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Partner Organization Reports

Section 4

  • Constitution Report

Section 5

  • Report of Reference and Counsel Committee
  • Resolutions

Section 6

  • Proposed Changes to Minimum Compensation Guidelines