Upcoming Events & Activities


    As you are aware, we continue to work to secure an Edmonton venue for the June Synod Convention activities.

    We anticipate having plans finalized soon and will open registration as dates are finalized.

    Please pray for +Larry, for Wendy (our Convention Manager), for the Synod staff

    and for all of the planning teams who continue to work to put details in place for the convention, despite these uncertainties.

  • The Synod Mission Formation Ministry Team is working for the establishment of a new congregation in Calgary.

    Calgary Lutheran Mission is renting space for worship at Hope Lutheran, Calgary.

  • YOUTH register here.

    Home Team Leaders register here.


    Session 1 – Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 5:00 pm in Alberta
    Register here.

    Session 2 – Saturday, March 9, 2024, at 12:00 pm in Alberta
    Register here.

  • Discerning the Call of a Synod Bishop

    In preparation for the nomination and electing of a bishop at June’s Synod Convention, Synod Council encourages congregational councils, synod delegates, congregations, individuals, and groups, to engage in a discernment process which includes biblical reflection, prayer, and conversation.  What are the qualities God would choose in a leader? What are key roles in leadership according to scripture and the experience of the faithful over millennia? And what evidence is there that God prepares the people as well as the leader to be led into faithfulness and mission?

    This discernment is a spiritual process for a spiritual people pursuing a spiritual practice.

    A process is provided in documents which are available here.
    Feedback may be submitted here.

  • Please download, print, post, email, send, and share the 2024 Narrative Budget

    Bishop Larry’s Letter for Congregational AGMs .

    Covers for AGM reports may be ordered on the National ELCIC website here.  Please remember to submit to the Synod Office a copy (digital or print) of your congregation’s annual report once it is prepared.





    Watch for updates information and documents as they are posted on the website here.

    Also available on this page is the document for Discerning the Call of a Synod Bishop.


  • Worship Online

    Many congregations in our Synod are livestreaming their services.

    They invite you to join them online for worship on Sunday morning;

    information and links to join are available here.

  • March monthly message for Congregations, Lay and Rostered Leaders

    Bishop Larry’s Letter to Congregations for AGMs

    Narrative Budget 2024


    These gatherings are for anyone in a leadership role (examples might be: on council, synod council, boards or committees, leadership teams, camp boards or in community leadership); all are invited to join.

    Register here.

                                         Please note that there will be no meeting for lay leaders in January 2024 or February 2024.                                                      Meetings will resume March 5.

Past Events & Activities

  • Study Conference 2024

    February 5-8, 2024, in Canmore

    Bishop Larry, keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Chad Rimmer                              Thursdays in Black                                                     Bishop Larry and Orson celebrate the            and Bishop Kathy Martin (BC Synod)                                                                                                                                     one-year anniversary of Orson’s baptism.



    Reign of Christ, November 26, 2024

    Wonderful to be with Holy Spirit Lutheran, Edmonton this morning.  I am thankful for the ministry of this congregation and Pr. Lindsey Jorgenson-Skakum and Pr. Trish Schmermund and Lori (Administrative staff).





    The Synod of Alberta and the Territories supports several projects based in our Companion Synod IELCO (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia) including scholarships for Theological Studies, scholarships for students at the four Lutheran schools (k-12), and the ministry with seniors at The Good Shepherd Center.
    Stories and photos of the seniors from the Good Shepherd Center are available at www.fundacioncaminoemaus.org/en.
    Under the Programs tab, scroll down and you will see The Good Shepherd.
    Pr. Natanael Lizarazo, President Board of Directors of Emmaus Road Foundation, writes:

    “We are deeply grateful for the mission relationships we share. It is our joy at Emmaus Road Foundation to work collaboratively and to facilitate vital communication.”

    Donations for these projects are welcomed by the Synod and may be made electronically by e-transfer to abtfinance@elcic.ca or through Canada Helps on the Synod website.
  • November 21-24, Bishop Larry, Pastor Erin Thomas (Trinity, Edmonton) and Pastor Olav Traa (St. Paul’s, Olds) attended First Call at Niagara Falls.  There they met with other bishops and other pastors who are in their First Call (the first 3 years of ministry).

  • Service of Prayer for Peace

    On November 19, 2023, an ecumenical service of prayer for peace, was held in Camrose, at Bethel Lutheran.    Worship was led by Pastor Craig Wentland (Chaplain at Augustana), Pastor Deborah Ann Taylor (Bethel, Camrose), Pastor Trina Holmberg (Moravian Pastor serving St. Mary Anglican, Ponoka), and Pastor Jeff Decelle (Messiah, Camrose).

    This prayer wall played a part in the service, with attendees lighting tea lights during the service.  Pastor Deborah Ann Taylor (Bethel) explains, “The 32 large candles on the top level of the prayer wall represent the 32 armed conflicts in the world today. The smaller candles in glass holders below them represent groups and organizations working for peace. The tea lights were placed by those present as a sign of their commitment to work and pray for peace.”

    A copy of the service used at Bethel is available here for use in other congregations:  https://acrobat.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:829d6733-acfd-4e7e-93e2-56853e1f096c.



    Wonderful to be with Pr. James Hendricksen, and our Global Companion Partners (Colombia, SE Minnesota and S. Carolina ELCA Synods) at the 6th International Consultation – Companion Synod Program in and near Houston, Texas.  Very informative, engaging, much listening and planning, worship…

  • Congregational Life Event








    On October 28, 2023, fifty-five individuals, representing 13 different congregations and specialized ministries from across the Synod, met in Red Deer together with Synod staff:  for prayer and worship, workshops and fellowship, for listening and discerning.


    SW Area Rostered Retreat – October 12, 2023


    Wonderful to spend today in retreat with the SW Area rostered leaders at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane.

    + Larry Kochendorfer

  • Grateful for the gifts shared through our Synod Council members at this weekend’s retreat at Mulhurst Lutheran Camp, Pigeon Lake!  Passionate, gracious, visionary leaders.

    Read the meeting highlights here.

  • Thankful for the Saturday, May 27 meeting with Pastor Peter Chau and many from the Lutheran Fellowship gathering as they discern the formation of a congregational ministry in Calgary.