IGNITE - Evangelism Strategy for 2021!

Pr. Patti Axel - Assistant to the Bishop and Director for Evangelical Mission - shares the Evangelism strategy for the Southeastern Synod for 2021 and beyond.


Top News this Week!!!

Bishop Emeritus Harold Skillrud Enters the Church Triumphant

Southeastern Synod Bishop Emeritus Harold Skillrud passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

We continue to pray for the family of  Bishop Emeritus Skillrud.  Read his obituary here.


African Descent Liberation Theology Book Club

Saturday, January 23
10am EST / 9am CST

We will gather by Zoom to read and discuss Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurst.


Synod Prayer Team

Monday, January 25
9am EST / 8am CST

Bishop Kevin Strickland invites you to join him in prayer.   Newcomers are always welcome!  

This team will meet with him once a month via zoom to pray. 


Congregational Leader Zoom

Monday, January 25
7pm EST / 6pm CST

 For Congregational Leaders, including Council Presidents and council leaders

This is the SEVENTH round of conversations that will help you to support your ministers and congregation.  This gathering is hosted by Bishop Strickland and the synod staff.


Stewardship Symposium with Rev. Mike Ward

Friday, January 29, 2021, 10am-3pm Eastern / 9am-2pm Central

Join Rev. Mike Ward, Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and author of "Abundance: Creating a Culture of Generosity" for a practical, deep dive into how to develop and live into a culture of abundance in your congregation.


Lenten Lectionary Study

Monday, February 8, 2021
9am-Noon Eastern / 8-11am Central

Join Dr. Karoline Lewis for a wonderful morning full of rich text study as we dive deep into the lectionary for the 2021 Lenten season.   Register today!



Selma - Movie Watch and Discussion

Sunday, February 21, 3pm EST / 2pm CST

We will gather as a synod to watch and discuss the movie Selma.  

Many thanks to the Diversity & Justice Task Force for leading this important event.


2021 Mission Support Intent

If your congregation has not made a 2021 Mission Support Intent, please do so here by the end of January. It's fast. It's easy. It's incredibly important!

67 congregations have already made an intent for 2021, but our goal is 118 congregations, or 75%. We're well on the way, but need your help! Make your intent today!


40-40-40 Lenten Hunger Walk

Bishop Kevin Strickland invites everyone to join him in walking a mile every day over the forty days of Lent, and raising through sponsorship or contribution, $40 for ELCA World Hunger.


Synod Ministry Resources

Rev. Pauline Farrington Contracted as Pastoral Care Coordinator

Through the designated funds of Portico Grants, the Bishop has contracted for the next six months at 15 hours a month with Pastor Pauline Farrington. Pastor Farrington will serve as the Pastoral Care Coordinator.



Synod Council Updates from Jan 2021

The Synod Council met on Saturday, January 9 from 9am-4pm over ZOOM. Highlights of the meeting are available by clicking on the title of this article.


Diversity & Justice Task Force Reveals Vision Statement

Vision:  "A Journey of Hope for Diversity and Justice."

The Diversity & Justice Task Force is charged with lifting up issues around race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation and gender identity.


Grow Giving Through ELCA's Congregational Financial Assessment

Join us for a Zoom event to learn about the free Resourceful Servants Congregational Financial Assessment. 

Event will be held:

  • Monday, February 22, 1pm Eastern / 12 Noon Central, and
  • Thursday, February 25, 7pm Eastern / 6pm Central


2021 Synod Assembly goes DIGITAL

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Official notice has been given that our 2021 Synod Assembly will be digital in format.    

Read official notice here.   More to come soon!


Stories of Inspiration

Feet That Carry the Good News

"Two of us approached a small elderly man and others watched.  We explained that we had no more food.  But he explained that he had received food earlier.  He asked for shoes.  What he wore on his feet were shoes with very thin soles.  One of the shoes was kept on his foot by a belt tied in a knot.  It would soon be cold and the socks we gave out would not be enough."

Click the article title to


Share YOUR Story of Inspiration!

Did you know that you can share YOUR story of inspiration TODAY?!?!  You can!

Check out the main synod web page and SCROLL DOWN TOTHE BOTOM OF THE PAGE and look for the yellow box.  Upload photos, share your stories, and provide contact information to allow others to learn more about your story.


Faith Formation for All Ages

All GA Lutheran Youth Gathering - Feb 27

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Participants will register by congregation. 

This gathering will be digital in nature and participants will have a combination of in-home and online activities in which to engage.


Spring 2021 Programs at Lutheranch

Lutheranch is offering two spring programs in 2021:  The "Prayer Labyrinth and Meditation Retreat" on Jan 22-24, 2021, & "Women of the Range" on March 5-7, 2021.  We intentionally selected these programs because they are limited in size and either have a majority of the activities outside (Women of Range) or are inherently individual and introspective in nature (Labyrinth).

The Annual Lutheranch Quilting Retreat has been rescheduled from February to September.

Visit to register TODAY!



Bishop Eaton and the ELCA Leaders Share "Future Church" Vision

To our rostered ministers:  Today (Jan 19), we planned on having a live webinar with all of you to talk about Future Church. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties with our website, we were unable to be with all of you. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. We were able to record the session, however, and have a link for you to watch below.


If, after watching, you have questions, comments or ideas to share, we welcome them at

Thank you for your grace and understanding.

God’s peace, 

Elizabeth Eaton, Presiding Bishop, ELCA


Bishop Eaton's Column:  Freedom

In her January/February column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton reflects on the past year and looks toward 2021. The pandemic has taught us a lot about our church and about ourselves. We are connected. We are generous. We are freed to serve.

Read her column in English at and in Spanish at


ELCA World Hunger to Hold Digital Gathering

The ELCA has an annual gathering that was slated to be held in Nashville, in early 2021, but has been changed to a virtual gathering instead.
The annual gathering is to be held on January 20-23, 2021.  Here is a link for more information and to register:



Just a reminder that ALL are welcome to post a congregation-related classified on our synod website, here:

Click "Submit a classified" button,

or read through current classifieds.


Youth Director - Christ the King, Peachtree Corners, GA

Looking for someone to lead youth gatherings at our congregation twice per month starting in January. We are looking for game leadership and team building. Camp counseling experience, a plus.



Youth Director - Holy Trinity, Marietta, GA

Seeking a dynamic individual with a heart for ministry to join our team and help us expand our youth ministry and the overall ministry of the church. The ideal candidate will empower our youth, give them a connection to God and church, and foster a sense of Christian family. The candidate should have a heart to facilitate open and positive interactions with youth, their parents, volunteers, staff and the congregation. We currently have 30 to 40 active youth.

25-28 hours per week; annual Salary is $28,000 - $30,000.



Minister of Music - St. Mark's, Huntsville, AL

Application deadline:  Friday, January 22, 2021

St. Mark's Lutheran Church seeks a dynamic, gifted Christian musician whose love for God is evident in their passion for music ministry as well as their personal engagement with people of all ages.   The ideal candidate will be relationally minded, team oriented, and an enthusiastic recruiter and teacher for growing our music ministry for the glory of God.

Full-time salary and benefits available.


Prayers and Concerns


Rostered Ministers Transitions

Call Accepted:

  • Rev. Connie Bramlett, All Saints, Huntsville, AL 
    • Rev. Bramlett comes most recently from the East-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Leaving Call:

  • CORRECTION:  Rev. Leslie Wilder, Left Call on December 31; had previously retired January 1, 2018
  • Rev. Jack Wilder, Leaving Call in January 2021


  • Rev. Justin Eller, Assistant to the Bishop for Latino Ministry Strategy and Amazing Grace, Lawrenceville, GA - February 7
  • Rev. Mike Millum, Pastor, Amazing Grace, Lawrenceville, GA - February 7 (transitioning from term-call to Pastor)


  • Rev. Jim Nipper, retiring in February 2021



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Physical Address:
1410 N Ponce de Leon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307


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Decatur, GA 30031


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