Partner in Mission – ELCA Genesee Finger Lakes Conference

Jun 06, 2020

This week’s partner mission highlight is the ELCA Genesee Finger Lakes Conference.

The national headquarters of the ELCA is in Chicago, IL. Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is the Presiding Bishop.

9 Regions: The USA and its territories are broken down into 9 regions. BLC is in Region 7.

65 Synods: Each region is broken down into synods. We are in the Upstate NY Synod with an office in Syracuse. Each synod has a bishop. Our bishop is Bishop John Macholz. There are 170 congregations in our synod.

7 Conferences: Each synod is broken down into clusters called conferences. Each conference has a dean. We are in the Genesee Finger Lakes Conference which includes Monroe, Wayne, Livingston, Ontario and Yates counties. Rev. Jonathan Deibler (pastor at St. John’s, Victor) is our dean. The conference includes 27 congregations, the South Wedge Mission and RIT campus ministry. The conference holds monthly meetings for pastors, a bi-monthly meeting to study worship texts, a pre-Lent retreat, conference assemblies, and conference wide youth events including Winter Weekend.

BLC contributes $500 annually from the Mission & Social Concerns budget for conference expenses.