Maricopa Lutheran ChurchGATHERED by the Holy Spirit;
FED with the Word;
SENT to make Christ known.

Desert Wind School, 35565 W. Honeycutt Rd.
Maricopa, AZ 85138

Worship at 9 am

10:15 am Sunday School
   for 3-5th Graders
10:15 am Adult and Teen
   Bible Study


Pastor Glenn Zimbelman

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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Grand Canyon Synod Bishop Election Questionnaire

LogoDear Sisters and Brothers of the Grand Canyon Synod, 

Para tomar la encuesta en espanol, 
haga clic aqui. 

In June 2018, the Grand Canyon Synod will meet for its annual assembly where we will be electing a new Bishop.  The time leading into assembly is one of discernment.  To this end, through the Conference Gatherings and monthly synod newsletter, we are addressing what is happening in the synod, sharing details around the ecclesiastical ballot and general election process, and having discussions about what working together for Christ’s mission looks like in our synod now and in the future.   

Similar to how a congregation prepares to call a new pastor, we want to prepare to call a new bishop with careful attention and prayer.  Often congregations survey their membership before beginning the call process to see how the body of Christ views the ministry needs in the community.  This helps potential pastors understand whether their strengths and talents fit with the perceived needs of the congregation.  This step also helps the call committee understand the direction of the church. 

We want to take the same care as we call a new bishop.  It will be helpful for those who are potential nominees, which are determined by ecclesiastical ballot, to know how we see the ministry needs in our synod.  It also will help the 2018 Synod Assembly voting members to know the mind of the Grand Canyon congregations as they enter the election process.  

Will you please be part of our planning by completing a questionnaire? You may access the survey by clicking on the following links: 

To begin, click here.

We have also attached the survey as a printable pdf document if that is your preferred format.   Please mail completed surveys directly to Research and Evaluation at the ELCA churchwide offices (address provided at the bottom of the survey) for processing.  All surveys must be competed and/or received by Research and Evaluation no later than December 10th to be included in the results. 

Finally, please encourage other members of your congregation to participate in the questionnaire by sharing this email invitation with them.  You can also direct them to the synod’s webpage ( where these and other resources will be available. Results of the survey will be posted on the synod website by mid-January 2018.   

Your investment in this questionnaire will help to guide next steps.  Don’t miss this opportunity to participate! 

May the Holy Spirit inspire our work as we walk together with Christ, 
Grand Canyon Synod Bishop Elections Committee

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