Receiving and welcoming Christ Mission to the SC Synod of the ELCA
(video note – there were some bandwidth issues with the convention center during our stream. It may be a bit choppy. We will work to get the full clip up as soon as possible.)
By the Rev. Lisa Isenhower
On Friday, June 1, 2018, the South Carolina Synod of the ELCA welcomed Christ Mission as a brand-new congregation of the ELCA. Bishop Herman Yoos gave thanks for a number of partnerships and grants that God provided to pave the way for this new congregation to join the synod.
Pastor Rick Carter, the Director of Evangelical Mission (DEM) for the South Carolina Synod, gave a brief history of Christ Mission, which became a synodically authorized worshipping community at the same time that a congregation of the synod was ending—coming, as Carter said, “to a holy closure.” The closing of one congregation provided a place for this new worshipping community to gather.
The pastor of Christ Mission, the Rev. Leroy Cannon, became a rostered leader in the South Carolina Synod in 2016. During his time in the synod, Cannon has led Christ Mission in giving birth to three other ministries, Women with Purpose, New Life, and The Journey.
Bishop Yoos received copies of the new congregation’s statement of intent and constitution and announced that the synod has officially received Christ Mission as a member congregation of the SC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His announcement brought enthusiastic applause and cheers from the assembly.
The Reverend Leroy Cannon, Pastor of Christ Mission, expressed his thanks to God and his joy in what God was doing through Christ Mission. Cannon also thanked Bishop Yoos, former Director of Evangelical Mission Bob Beaver, the Reverend Doctor James Thomas, and current DEM Rick Carter for their work, guidance, and support. He also thanked other congregations of the South Carolina Synod that have supported and helped Christ Mission along the way.