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FAQs

What is a “synod”?
In the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a synod is a district, usually geographic, which coordinates the work of congregations within its territory. There are 65 synods in the ELCA, each of which elects a bishop who not only serves his or her synod but also the whole ELCA, meeting regularly in gatherings of the Conference of Bishops.  Click here to view a map of the ELCA synods.

Who is the bishop of the South Dakota Synod? How can I contact the bishop’s office?
The bishop is the Rev. David B. Zellmer, who was elected to a second six-year term at the South Dakota Synod Assembly in June 2013. You may contact Bishop Dave at:

Bishop David B. Zellmer
South Dakota Synod, ELCA
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
dzellmer@sdsynod.org
605-274-4020

How do I find out what’s going on around the South Dakota Synod?
See our Events Posts and Synod News Posts for the latest goings-on.

Whom do I contact if I’m interested in Ordained Ministry, Associate in Ministry, or Diaconal Ministry?
Visit our Candidacy page for complete information and links.

Whom do I contact if I’m interested in making a gift to a ministry of the synod or ELCA?
Please visit the Synod’s Make a Donation or contact Pastor Bill Tesch, Associate to the Bishop, at 605/274-4026 or btesch@sdsynod.org.

How can I find an ELCA congregation near me?
The ELCA maintains a congregation locator on the ELCA website.

Where can I find out more about the Lutheran church?
Visit the ELCA website and follow the links under ELCA Teaching for good information.

What is Vision and Expectations, and where can I find it?
Vision and Expectations—Ordained Ministers in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
is a document that informs candidates for ordained ministry, seminaries, congregations, and candidacy committees regarding the ELCA’s vision for ordained ministry and the high expectations it places on those who serve in this way. Vision and Expectations is online here.

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