On Sunday, February 16, our synod’s five conferences each met in Assembly to vote on nominees for the Office of Bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod. Per actions at these assemblies the names of Pastor Paul N. Svingen and Bishop Thomas M. Aitken came forward and will appear on the first ballot for bishop at our Synod Assembly May 2-4, 2014 at Breezy Point Resort.

Two Candidate Forums are planned for members of the synod to meet the two nominees. These one hour forums will be held Saturday, March 15 at Elim Lutheran Church in Duluth and Saturday, March 22 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brainerd, at 2:45 pm. The forums immediately follow the Bishop’s Theological Convocation already taking place on these dates and places.

Please continue to pray for the synod, its congregations and leadership, and the process of electing a pastor to serve the call as Bishop of the Northeastern Minnesota Synod.


Northeastern Minnesota Synod Assembly

May 2-4, 2014

at Breezy Point Resort, Breezy Point, MN


Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Winston Persaud

Voting Members and visitors to the 2013 Synod Assembly will remember the inspiring session with Dr. Persaud as he walked us through the first article of Luther’s Small Catechism. He will be back with us again in 2014 to continue that journey.


Discipleship Challenge: Love Like Jesus Videos:

Bishop Aitken’s Vision for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod

Relational Agreement of the Rostered Leaders of the NE MN Synod, ELCA (May, 2013)

Pastoral Letter

Regarding Minnesota’s Recent Civil Marriage Law for Same-Gendered People

Talking Together as Christians about Tough Social Issues

7-Point Devotion for Congregational Mission Plans

Sermon from 2012 Synod Assembly: What Jesus Means to Me

Pastoral Letter on Violence (Conference of Bishops; March 4, 2013)

Some Common Lutheran Understandings

10 Reasons Why I Love This Church

Bishop Aitken’s article on Health Care
(Duluth News Tribune)

As the Synod’s pastor, Bishop Aitken is available in his role as Teacher to do presentations in congregations. He is especially eager to be scheduled for “clusters” of congregations. He may be booked for Sunday mornings, week nights, youth or adult forums etc. on the following topics:

  • How do you answer the question, “Are you Saved?”
  • Questions about life after death and non-Believers
  • This Church I love
  • Grieving as a Christian
  • Son of God; Jesus or Caesar?
  • Bible 101 (Bible Basics)
  • The Heart and Soul of Scripture
  • Lutheranism 101
  • Stages of death, dying and Grief
  • My Experience in Palestine and Israel
  • Creation Care, from the lost and found Department of the church