Synod Convention elects a bishop to serve as the chief executive officer of the synod and as the synod’s pastor. The Synod team covers these two areas in two teams: the Bishop’s Administrative Team and the Bishop’s Pastoral Team. Saskatchewan Synod Office is the hub for both teams and is located at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Saskatoon.(The bishop also maintains a Bishop’s Study–a small office to study and to accommodate meetings in the southern half of the Synod. The office is located at St. Cuthbert’s, The Anglican Diocesan Center in Regina at 1501 College Ave.)
Synod office hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
Synod office main phone: 306-244-2474
Synod office general email: [email protected]
Bishop’s Administrative Team
The Bishop’s Administrative Team is the Bishop’s team at synod office charged with the day to day management of the Synod (within the boundaries of the synod constitution and bylaws, the resolutions of the Convention, and the policy and budgetary direction of Synod Council). The administrative office is located in Saskatoon. The administrative team includes the Bishop, Office manager (full time) Lindsay Tomtene; Synod administrator and Project manager Joan Meyer (part time); Finance manager Howie Wall (part time), and Canada Lutheran editor Anno Bell (part time). The Administrative Team consists of the equivalent of 2 full time positions in support of the Bishop as synod CEO.
Bishop Sid Haugen (front left): [email protected]
Joan Meyer (back left), Administrator, Project Manager: [email protected]
Lindsay Tomtene (back right), Office Manager (full time): [email protected]
Howie Wall (back center), Finance Manager: [email protected]
Anno Bell (not pictured), Canada Lutheran Insert Editor: [email protected]
Bishop’s Pastoral Team
The Bishop’s Pastoral Team is the Bishop’s team ‘on the ground’ carrying out pastoral ministry to the synod at the local level. Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Lori James (1/4 time) focuses on the region generally south of Davidson; Assistant to the Bishop Rev. Dennis Serfas (1/4 time) focuses on the region from Davidson north; the Bishop remains responsible for the synod as a whole. The Bishop’s Pastoral team will focus on these activities:
The focus of the Bishop’s Pastoral Team
The Bishop’s Pastoral Team serves in a pastoral role for the synod with a regional focus. In their regions, the Bishop’s Pastoral team will focus on these activities:
- Listening: Visiting rostered ministers and congregations and ministries in the region with conversations centering on listening to how things are going in the mission of the congregation or ministry and how things are going in the life of the rostered minister. Conversations set out to gain a sense of the strengths and challenges of ministry ‘on the ground’ of the synod.
- Discerning: The pastoral team, in the course of conversations with congregations, ministries and rostered ministers, explore where God may be leading the congregation, ministry, or rostered minister in the future. Conversations about the possibility of shared ministry, of developing ministry areas, of the development of authorized lay ministry, are also anticipated. The pastoral team also engages in conversations about the resources available through the synod and about the needs of the synod.
- Assisting: The Assistants of course, assist the Bishop in a variety of delegated tasks: call process work, leadership development, ecumenical relations, etc.
How do congregations/ministries/rostered ministers make contact with the pastoral team?
The team initiates contact in reaching out to congregations and ministries and rostered ministers. The team also responds to invitations. Invitations to the Bishop’s Pastoral Team can happen in a number of ways:
- Bishop’s Visit: If your congregation or ministry is interested in a Bishop’s visit contact synod office by phone and leave a request with the office manager, or contact the bishop directly by email. The bishop would normally preach and preside as requested. Normally, the local rostered leader is also present for the Visit.
- Congregational (or ministry) Visit: If your congregation or ministry is interested in a congregational visit, contact the synod office and make a request through our office manager, or contact the Bishop or the Assistant to the Bishop for your region directly (through the email addresses above). The Congregational visit may be to a council meeting or to a potluck fellowship event or something completely different!
- Pastoral Visit with a Rostered Minister: The team initiates contact in reaching out to rostered ministers and is often present at clergy clusters for conversation. Rostered ministers are invited to call on the Bishop directly or on the Assistant in the region for a one on one conversation.
Bishop Sid Haugen (center): [email protected]
Rev. Lori James (right): Assistant to the Bishop (Southern region) [email protected]
Rev. Dennis Serfas (left): Assistant to the Bishop (Northern region) [email protected]