2018 Synod Assembly

May 17 – 19, 2018
Hilton Houston North


FAITH5 (Faith Acts in the Home) is a simple set of nightly and weekly “enrichuals” with profound psychological, sociological, neurological, and theological gifts attached. Simple enough for a child to lead but deep enough to turn every faith gathering into a seminary (seed bed), FAITH5 is sweeping across churches and seeping into the DNA of worship, education, and pastoral care from the US to Latvia to Ethiopia to India to Korea. Come enjoy the theory, brain-science, systems theory and humor of FAITH5 founder, the Rev. Dr. Rich Melheim, an ELCA pastor in his 25th year with a specialized ministry call to enhance the lives of children, youth, families, and congregations across the globe.


Dr. Rich Melheim is an entrepreneur, author, semiotician, cartoonist, comedian, speaker, publisher, playwright, songwriter, family counselor, business systems consultant, amateur complexity theorist, log cabin builder, preschool designer, and student of the human brain. Melheim has written and produced 6 musical comedy stage plays, authored two dozen books, produced 24 music albums, created an international preschool education project with 535 songs, taught in 1000 cities on five continents, and has appeared on 50 network television news shows from WNBC-NY to KTLA to CNN consulting on family issues.

An ordained Lutheran pastor with a BA in Journalism (UND – 1977), an MDiv in Theology (Luther Seminary – Spring 1981), and a DMIN in Semiotics and the Future (George Fox Evangelical Seminary – Spring 2013), Rich has invested his ministry in creating education systems that pull parents into the core of children, youth and family systems “every night in every home.”

Rich is the founder and initiating force behind:

Churchwide Representative

Molly Beck Dean, Director of the ELCA Youth Gathering


Please register online. Early bird registration prices end on April 20. Registration closes on May 4

Early Bird Rates (to April 20)

  • Voting Members – $299
  • Visitors – $299
  • One Day Visitor – $125
  • Retired Leader/Spouse – $99
  • Exhibitor – $200 (additional booth personnel meal package – $115)

Regular Rates (April 21 – May 4)

  • Voting Members – $334
  • Visitors – $334
  • One Day Visitor – $150
  • Retired Leader/Spouse – $129
  • Exhibitor – $250 (additional booth personnel meal package – $115)
    • Additional meal packages are not available after May 4


  • Commuter Fee – $25 (for all attendees not staying at Hilton)
  • Retired one day only – free
  • Synod council (not sent by congregation) – free
  • Other volunteers – confirm with assembly planner first
  • First Call
    • With or without assembly registration (through May 4) – $60
    • Commuter – $25 (not staying Wednesday)

Requests for financial assistance are made through this online grant request form by May 4.

Late Fees

All participants, exhibitors, visitors, etc. will add an additional $25 to the regular rates if registering between May 5-17.


  • Cancellations that are submitted through the registration system no later than May 4 or submitted in writing to the synod office (emailed, faxed, or postmarked no later than May 4) will receive a full refund, less $10 processing fee.
  • Partial refunds will be available, if requested in writing through email, fax, or mail from May 5-16. Amount of partial refund will be determined after assembly.
  • Email your request, fax to 281.875.4716, or mail to the synod office. Email is strongly preferred.
  • Cancellations received on May 17 or later are not eligible for refund.

Tentative Agenda

Thursday, May 17

10:00 am – Cross+Gen Eduworship pre-assembly workshop
10:00 am – LEAD pre-assembly workshop: Faithful metrics
10:00 am – Legacy LFSW pre-assembly workshop

1:00 pm – Assembly begins; opening worship
2:00 pm – Opening business
2:30 pm – Break and visit exhibits
3:00 pm – Keynote: FAITH5
3:40 pm – Business session and bishop’s state of the synod
4:35 pm – Break and visit exhibits
5:00 pm – Vespers
6:00 pm – Dinner (on your own)

Friday, May 18

7:30 am – Breakfast buffet
8:30 am – Opening music and prayers
9:00 am – Keynote: Cross+Gen Community
9:35 am – Business session and Lutherhill board
11:00 am – Break and visit exhibits
11:30 am – Network lunches
2:00 pm – Keynote: Rich Learning
3:00 pm – Break and visit exhibits
3:30 pm – Business session and reports
5:00 pm – Dinner (on your own)
6:30 pm – FAITH5 fireside with Rich Melheim

Saturday, May 19

7:30 am – Breakfast buffet
8:30 am – Opening music and prayers
9:00 am – Business session and recognitions
9:30 am – FAITH5 mural reveal
10:30 am – Break and visit exhibits
11:15 am – Closing worship
12:30 pm – Assembly ends


Please book your room with the Hilton Houston North by April 25 if you wish to receive our group rate of $110 per night. Our group code is SYNO. Click “reservations” or call the hotel at 866.577.1154. Use the code SYNO when making reservations, or just mention the 2018 Synod Assembly.

Nominations & Resolutions

All resolutions for consideration must be submitted by April 14.

There are a number of important leadership opportunities within our synod. If you know of a qualified candidate, who is a person of integrity, passionate about the work of the church, and a voting member of a congregation in our synod, please submit the corresponding nomination online form. All nominations are due by April 14.

At this time, there are no positions up for election with the discipline or consultation committees.

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Date(s) - May 17, 2018 until May 19 2018
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Hilton Houston North

2018 Synod Assembly