Southwestern Texas Synod Assembly
May 5-7, 2017


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Bishop's Welcome
Tentative Assembly Schedule
Pre-Assembly Meetings

Hotel Accommodations
Conference Map

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Bulletin of Reports
Action Items


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Voting Member & 
Visitor Registration

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Displayers Information
2017 Sponsors
Planning Team
Volunteer Sign Up



SteeleHeadshot2Andrew Steele has served as the Director for ELCA Global Church Sponsorship since April of 2015. In this capacity, Andrew oversees the advancement efforts for ELCA Missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers, Global Ministry projects, and the International Women Leaders initiative.  These ministries make up $33 million of the $198 million goal as part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.
He joined the ELCA in 2013 as the Manager of Donor Relations for Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA after serving as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
Prior to joining United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Andrew spent a year volunteering in Bloemfontein, South Africa, as an ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission.  He is also founder of BLOOM Africa, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization working to strengthen communities and empower orphans in Lesotho, Africa. He leads annual cultural immersion trips to Lesotho and South Africa.
Andrew graduated from Wittenberg University, (one of the ELCA’s 26 affiliated colleges and universities,) with a degree in Sociology.  He now serves on the University’s Alumni Association Board as well as the Board of Directors for Wheat Ridge Ministries, United Way North-Northwest, and Friends of Lesotho.

Breakout Sessions

Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM)
Josh Stallings
What is Lutheran about Lutheran Christians?
Rev. Dr. Norman Beck

In this workshop we will consider "Without claiming to be unique in our faith, mission, and life, what do we as Lutheran Christians emphasize within our Christian Tradition? What is a Lutheran Christian?  What do we as Lutheran Christians emphasize about the Grace of God, Faith in God, Scripture as Word of God, the Theology of the Cross, the distinction between what can be known about the Jesus of History and what we believe about Jesus as the Christ of Faith, God's Plan of Salvation, Social Action, and other relevant topics?" 
Congregational & Synodical Archives
Rev. Luther Oelke
A Look at the Synod Today& Tomorrow
Missional River




Assembly Offering

ELCA Global Church
Offering Goals & Totals
Alamo   $10,000             
Bluebonnet   $12,000    
Capital North   $10,000    
Capital South   $  0000    
Cibolo Creek   $20,000    
Gulf Coast   $ 8,000    
Hill Country   $ 5,000    
Rio Grande   $  0000    
Total Offering  
Assembly Conference Goal Bulletins
In order to process offerings correctly, please:
  • Make checks payable to the SWT Synod.
    Checks not made payable to the synod will be returned to the sender.
  • Note the conference name and "Assembly Offering" on the check or remittance slip.
    Checks without the conference name or "Assembly Offering" will not count toward the conference goal and will be counted toward general mission support.
  • Select "Assembly Offering" if giving online.
Global Church
(click to download)
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The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the ELCA-Brandmark
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