Together we are God's Grace in Motion
We believe that +ogether we can do more, be more, and see more as the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod – loving God, one another, and our neighbors more deeply.
The Synod acts to strengthen, encourage, and support ministry by providing grants, showing up, consulting, facilitating workshops and retreats, and worshiping together in the name of Jesus.
+ogether, as synod, we inspire the Church to be the Church. With your help, we more effectively proclaim and embody the Good News of Jesus to our broken world in bold and grace-filled ways.
+ogether, as synod, we move out of our congregation’s silos to share ideas, challenges, and hopes. With your help, we create re- sources, share wisdom, and listen to each other as we discover ways to build on our strengths. The Holy Spirit is using the synod to bring people, congregations, communities, and even the world together in Jesus’ name.
+ogether, as synod, we are CHURCH beyond our walls - beyond the stained glass. With your help, we can bring our best creativity and thinking for where grace calls us to act.
When God's Grace is in Motion
LEADERS ARE EMPOWERED
The Synod’s Candidacy Committee has helped 37 people better discern God’s call for them. The Rev. Carrie Ballenger shares, “I appreciated knowing that people were praying for me while I was in classes, doing internships sand field education, all the while raising a family.” The synod awarded over $133,000 in grants to seminarians since 1995. The Synod also hosts annual workshops and conferences for both rostered and lay leaders.
YOUTH ARE INSPIRED
Youth are inspired. The Synod’s Lutheran Youth Organization, Youth Leading Youth Growing in Faith, allows our youth to go take charge. Their youth plan, organize and lead all their activities (with the generous help of adult “champions” who make LYO a priority). There are opportunities for faith, fun, learning, and sharing for youth from 6th-12th grade. “The Synod and LYO have provided me with a space that I know is safe and a place that I can be myself. Over the years, the LYO has become a place where it has been made known to me that I am loved by God and everyone around me. I love going and seeing everyone; when we all come together, I see God working in all of us." Elise Lantagne.
PEOPLE ARE FED
The Synod’s Hunger Team has created a synod-wide hunger network where churches can share information and help each other problem-solve and think of new ideas. The team also promotes grants and other resources to help churches sustain their feeding ministries.
NO ONE STANDS ALONE.
The Synod and Synod staff are a vital resource for congregations and leaders. In 2019, Bishop Mike & Pastor Liz traveled over 44,000 miles as they visited 109 congregations, conducted 51 worship services, led 14 workshops, held 31 consultations and helped coordinate 10 programs.
NEW MINISTRY CULTIVATED
The Synod & ELCA financially support, provide training, coaching, & accountability structures so new starts have the best possible chance to thrive. The average new start takes between 7-10 years to become self-sustaining. We look at our new congregations like the Neighborhood & Cumidad de Esperanza with excitement & joy.