About Us

We Lutherans in South Carolina are part of a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace — and there’s room for all here. Your questions, curiosity, passion and complexities are part of who you are, and you are a beloved child of the living God!

In the South Carolina Synod, we seek to respond to God’s love by loving him and serving the people he has created. There are ministries for – and with – all ages, not only in the state of South Carolina, but in many parts of the globe.

The South Carolina Synod is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Quick Facts and Figures:

4.7 million people live within the synod territory

52,000 baptized Lutherans in the South Carolina Synod

154 congregations and worshiping communities – Find a congregation!

Three Companion Synods: Lutheran Churches in Japan, Tanzania and Colombia

South Carolina Lutheran Retreat Centers

Latino mission congregations

Active ministry organizations for all ages: College, Men, Women, Young Adult and Youth

Mission and Vision

God’s purpose for the people of the South Carolina Synod: Joining neighbors, serving boldly, loving all, through Christ.

Our Four Missional Priorities:

  • Equip congregations to engage in their communities
  • Deepen discipleship
  • Engage congregations and the synod in addressing issues of education in their communities
  • Engage congregations and the synod in addressing issues of poverty in their communities.

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Synod Organization Chart

New growth brings new structure.

Just as a tree needs to have roots to extend its branches, the South Carolina Synod Restructure and Implementation Team has worked faithfully to provide a new structure for our many ministries together.

The roots of this structure include three Mission Tables:

The Deepening Discipleship Table
The Community Engagement Table Contact
The Communication and Technology Table

Each Table has a Convener who will appoint annually leaders of the various Networks and Task Forces.

A Table is a gathering of disciples that will discern vision and missional priorities, and oversee the budgeting process.

A Network is a gathering of disciples who will connect people and resource ideas for mission through congregations.

A Task Force is a gathering of disciples who focus more on hands on ministry opportunities, turning ideas into actions that bless the lives of others.

The latest South Carolina Synod Organizational Chart, which was approved at the 2014 South Carolina Synod Assembly.

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Constitution and Bylaws of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Constitution and Bylaws of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (as amended September 18, 2017)

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2017 Directory and Minutes

DIRECTORY and MINUTES
South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Thirtieth Assembly
192nd Annual Meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina

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2017 Staff, Council, Tables and Directory of Rostered Ministers & Congregations

2017 Staff, Council, Tables and Directory of Rostered Ministers & Congregations

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South Carolina Synod Rosters Directory

Rosters
Ministers of Word and Sacrament
Ministers of Word and Service
Congregations

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Cover Page and Table of Contents

2017 Bulletin of Reports Cover Page and Table of Contents

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 1

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 1

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 2

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 2

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 3

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 3

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 4

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 4

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 5

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 5

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 6

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 6

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 7

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 7

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2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 8

2017 Bulletin of Reports Chapter 8

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ELCA Form A and C Reports

ELCA Form A and C ReportsELCA Form A and C Reports (as of end of 2016 reporting year.)