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EQUIPPING LEADERS. ENCOURAGING COOPERATION. ENGAGING IN NEW MISSION.

Lower Susquehanna Synod 2025 Bishop’s Election2024-06-06T10:12:15-04:00

Lower Susquehanna Synod 2025 Bishop’s Election

In the Lower Susquehanna Synod, we equip leaders, encourage cooperation, and engage in new mission, all for the sake of sharing God’s love in the world; our bishop serves as the spiritual and administrative leader in this work.  In June 2025, we will elect a new bishop. This page is dedicated to providing updates and prayerful resources for our discernment throughout the coming year.

2025 Bishop’s Election Timeline

  • June through early September 2024 – Listening Sessions across our synod

  • By October 15, 2024 – Mission Committee prepares two documents: Synod Mission Profile and Gifts of a Bishop

  • November 9, 2024 – Synod Council approves the Synod Mission Profile and Gifts of a Bishop documents.

  • By December 31, 2024 – Congregations choose voting members for the 2025 Synod Assembly

  • By December 31, 2024Gifts of a Bishop and Synod Mission Profile documents are shared on synod website

  • January – February 15, 2025 – Conferences hold assemblies to share education on the documents and the election process

  • March – April 15, 2025 – Spring Conference Assemblies meet to identify up to three persons who they believe possess the gifts to serve as bishop.

  • April 21 – May 5, 2025 – Names and biographical forms of identified pastors posted to synod website. Removed from website one week prior to assembly.

  • June 5-7, 2025 – Synod Assembly, Bishop’s Election
    Ecclesiastical Ballot, No Nominees at Start

2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Sessions

From June through September 2024, there will be Listening Sessions held across the synod to help members of the Mission Committee prepare the Synod Mission Profile and Gifts of a Bishop documents. Please attend the listening session that works conveniently for your schedule. Each session is open to anyone from across the synod.

Access Resources for Listening Session Leaders.

Download Listening Session Dates (PDF)

  • Sunday, June 23, 2024
    York 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    Zion Lutheran Church
    2215 Brandywine Ln
    York, PA 17404, USA

  • Tuesday, July 2, 2024
    North Lancaster 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    6 – 8pm
    St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
    200 W Orange Street
    Lititz, PA 17543, USA

  • Sunday, August 4, 2024
    Gettysburg 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg Campus
    Aberly Room
    61 Seminary Ridge
    Gettysburg, PA 17325

  • Sunday, August 11, 2024
    Northern Dauphin County 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    Epiphany Lutheran Church
    1100 Colonial Rd
    Harrisburg, PA 17112

  • Sunday, August 18, 2024
    Lancaster 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    Holy Spirit Lutheran Church
    3131 Columbia Ave
    Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

  • Monday, August 26, 2024
    Harrisburg 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    6:30 – 8:30pm
    Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
    100 W Main St
    Hummelstown, PA 17036

  • Tuesday, September 3, 2024
    Chambersburg 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    6:30 – 8:30pm
    St. Luke Lutheran Church
    2695 Luther Drive
    Chambersburg, PA

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2024
    Perry 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    6:30 – 8:30pm
    Christ Lutheran Church
    115 Church St
    Duncannon, PA 17020

  • Thursday, September 12, 2024
    ZOOM 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    7 – 9pm
    Digital Registration Forthcoming

  • Sunday, September 15, 2024
    Hanover 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    6 York St
    Codorus, PA 17311

  • Sunday, September 15, 2024
    Cumberland 2025 Bishop’s Election Listening Session
    2 – 4pm
    Trindle Spring Lutheran Church
    14 State Rd
    Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Year of Prayer

In the Lower Susquehanna Synod, we equip leaders, encourage cooperation, and engage in new mission, all for the sake of sharing God’s love in the world; our bishop serves as the spiritual and administrative leader in this work. In June 2025, we will elect a new bishop as Bishop Dunlop wraps up his second term and steps into retirement. Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod. As such, it involves discernment, from the perspective of individual potential nominees and the synod as a whole. Thus, engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are critical aspects of the process of nomination and election.

To support this journey, we are inviting the Lower Susquehanna Synod to participate in a year of prayer. Weekly prayer petitions, hymn selections, and other resources have been created to unite us within our local settings. While we have included ideas for using these resources, please feel free to adapt these resources in whatever way best suits your congregation. We hope our year of prayer meaningfully guides us into the next chapter of our ministry together.

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