The word synod comes from a Greek word meaning "to travel a common road––to walk together." The congregations, the people, and the ministries in our expansive geographical region of the Southwestern area of Texas––this is synod. Our local ministry and witness includes 250+ rostered ministers, 120+ congregations, 6 campus ministries, Cross Trails Ministry, numerous ministry partners including Upbring and Lutheran Foundation of the Southwest, the Office of the Bishop, and the Synod Council. The Southwestern Texas Synod is part of Region 4 of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
God's grace transforms and connects us to learn, to love, to lead.
This guides our priorities and work together as the synod.
We are the largest Lutheran church in America bearing the legacy of Martin Luther’s small act of questioning the status quo that ignited the Protestant Reformation. We express our commitments through Confessions of Faith, rely on the Old and New Testaments for connection with God and the world and base our governance and teachings on the Book of Concord. To learn more about the core of our faith visit: ELCA Teaching
a public church, we are guided by our social teachings.
We are governed by the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions.