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.
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.
Constitution and Bylaws of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (as amended September 18, 2017)
DIRECTORY and MINUTES
South Carolina Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Thirtieth Assembly
192nd Annual Meeting of the Lutheran Church in South Carolina