The paper copy of the Synod Vision Questionnaire is here. It would be ideal to have everyone take a survey and turn it in on the same visit to church. I understand people sometimes like to take more time to reflect on their answers. Sunday, February 24th will be the final day to return your survey. I plan to mail the completed surveys to the synod office on Tuesday, February 26th. In some respects, the survey is similar to the Congregational Vitality survey we just completed for the annual report to churchwide. Some of the questions focus on Bethlehem, and some focus on the synod.

This questionnaire has been developed by the Task Force appointed by the Synod Council, in conjunction with Planning, Research and Evaluation, part of the ELCA's Office of the Presiding Bishop. The Task Force believes this questionnaire will be very important in informing the election process and in allowing nominees, voting members, and everyone in the synod to reflect prayerfully on priorities and leadership needs of the synod. Like your Task Force, we understand that the election of a synod bishop is also a call process!

Every attendee of every congregation is invited to complete this survey. You can also do so online at