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2017 Mission / Synod Assembly

April 28 - April 30

Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation!

Our theme builds on Luther’s pivotal question in the Small Catechism:

What Does This Mean?

The assembly will give thanks for our reformation heritage, welcome ecumenical guests, and celebrate our theological heritage as Lutheran Christians. Additionally, through worship and education, we will be invited to consider what it means and will mean to carry the name Lutheran into the 21st Century.

Martin Luther’s theological move 500 years ago towards the justifying work of Christ and insistence on the individual’s right to personal conscience changed the world forever.

Luther boldly proclaimed the power of God’s alienated righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30), poured out for humanity (Philippians 2), so that then we are invited to give ourselves for the life of the world (Gal. 5:22). We live within that theological heritage and are challenged today to ask that same question:

What Does This Mean?

Click here for the Catholic – Lutheran Joint Statement On The Occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.


NOW OPEN: https://ntnl.org/2017-assembly-registration/

For the third year in a row, we are able to keep fees the same:

Early registration closed March 15.

Regular online: Voting Member $255 | Retired Clergy $110 | Visitor $115

Submitted manually: Voting Member $270 | Retired Clergy $135 | Visitor $125

On-site: Voting Member $315 (Book of Reports hard copy included) | Retired Clergy $160 | Visitor $130


Reservations can be made with our host hotel, Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, for $109.00 (plus taxes and fees) per night, as long as the booking is made by April 12Book online with our group rate for “NT-NL Synod Assembly” or call Marriott Reservations directly at 1-800-228-9290 and mention “NT-NL Synod Assembly” to receive our group rate.


The deadline to submit resolutions is two weeks prior to Assembly. This year, that date is April 14.


Our Churchwide representative will be ELCA Vice President William “Bill” Horne II, who will be speaking and leading a workshop.

Our preacher for opening worship will be The Rev. Louise N. Johnson, President of Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Beth A. Lewis, President & CEO of 1517 Media, will be speaking and also presenting a workshop.

Workshop Leaders

Savanna Sullivan, ELCA YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission)

Dr. Rusty Maisel, Curator of The Enduring Word Museum (with an operational Gutenberg printing press)

The Rev. Russell Vardell, pastor of First United Lutheran Church, Dallas

Ecumenical Guests

Pr. George Mason, Senior Pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church, Dallas

The Rt. Rev. George Sumner, Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Dallas

Michael Thompson, Associate General Presbyter, Grace Presbytery

The Rev. Robert Williams, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Ways To Serve

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know when you register. We are currently in need of Facilitators (to help us manage the room, i.e. Ushers, etc.).


More information will be added as available.


April 28
April 30




Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center
7121 Bishop Rd
Plano, TX 75024 United States
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