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Strategic Planning Update

Dear members of our Central/Southern Illinois Synod,

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:4-6).

THANK YOU to all who have participated in our synod’s strategic listening and visioning process so far!

We are so encouraged that 638 people completed the survey and more than 150 people participated in one of four listening sessions held across the synod. In addition, we are grateful for all those who participated through each of our six conference assemblies.

The responses reflect the vast and diverse geographic territory that our synod covers, and we are mindful of that geographic diversity as we work to determine a set of priorities and goals that will support our entire synod.

The responses also reflect a yearning for an intentional focus on congregational health and well-being, including leadership development across the synod that meets the realities of our time and context.

In addition, the responses show a deep yearning for a renewed emphasis on sharing the good news of Jesus with others through both our words and our actions.

Over the coming weeks, our strategic planning team will continue to discuss both the survey and listening session responses as we identify vision, mission, and values for our next chapter in ministry together as the Central/Southern Illinois Synod. Drafts of our work will be brought to the synod assembly in June as we continue to discern together. We continue to invite you to share conversation with us about this work. Feel free to contact either Bishop Greg Busboom (greg.busboom@csis-elca.org217-753-7915) or another member of the team.

We rejoice in the Spirit at work in our midst and thank you for your continued prayers as our work of discernment progresses.

In Christ ,

The Central/Southern Illinois Synod Strategic Planning Team

  • Pastor Maria Bonine (West Central Conference)
  • Pastor Lynette Chapman (East Central Conference)
  • Tim Fink (Southern Conference)
  • Connie Flesner (Northwest Conference)
  • Pastor David Glesne (Northeast Conference)
  • Terry Goff (Northern Conference)
  • Bishop Greg Busboom