The current Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, Michael Burk, has announced he will not be available for reelection at the end of his term in 2020.  A new bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod will be elected at the Synod Assembly to be held May 1-3, 2020 in Coralville, IA.

The election of a new bishop is a process by which a “pastor of the synod” is called. Similar to the process a congregation undertakes when calling a new pastor.

The first step of this process is that, under the leadership of the synod vice president and a Synod Ministry Profile Committee appointed by the synod council, there will be a participatory review of synod ministries will yield a Synod Ministry Profile, which is an overview and outline of hopes and expectations for the synod and our next bishop.

Synod Ministry Profile

In order to assist the people of the Southeastern Iowa Synod to prepare for the election of a bishop in 2020, the Synod Ministry Profile Committee will strive to set the stage by providing:

  • a description of the current status of ministry in and around this synod, noting in particular opportunities, challenges, pressure points, and needs;
  • an outline of hoped-for synod priorities as described by members of the synod: and
  • a listing of abilities, experience, and personal characteristics expected in a new bishop.

In order to gather this information and create a profile about the ministry setting of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, the committee has opened a survey to all synod members. This survey will be available for your feedback from July 8 until August 9, 2019. It will take about 15 minutes to complete.

Resources to share this survey with members of your congregation:

For questions about this process, email [email protected]