About the Pacifica Synod of the Evangelical Church in America
With nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and nearly 4 million members, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God’s grace in our lives. We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways.
The ELCA is organized into 65 synods (64 geographical and one non-geographical) located in nine regions. Each synod (a Greek word meaning “a way together”) is led by a bishop. The geographic area of the Pacifica Synod includes the state of Hawaii and portions of Southern California, including the counties of Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, Imperial and part of Los Angeles County. The number of ELCA congregations in the Pacifica Synod is currently 115, comprised of nearly 31,297 baptized members (2014 Synod Totals based on congregational reports submitted). These congregations are organized into nine conferences of about a dozen churches. Each conference is led by a dean.
Pacifica Synod Mission Statement
Together in Christ we equip, accompany, and serve boldly so all may experience God’s boundless grace.
Pacifica Synod Core Values
Together in Christ we are:
Claimed – we are loved and claimed by God in Jesus and we respond to the Spirit’s call as we grow in faith and love.
Connected – we bring together our congregations, the church, and our neighbors.
Relational – we enter into relationships with our neighbors in new and gospel-centered ways.
Inclusive – we endeavor to welcome all, mindful of the things which divide us in the world, respecting and celebrating the diversity in which all are created.
Witnessing – we continuously witness to God dwelling in all creation.
Worshipful – we gather in the sanctuary of grace to proclaim God’s love through Word and Sacrament.
Invested – we equip lay leaders, pastors, and deacons to serve.
Reforming – we strive to change systemic injustice in all contexts.
Together in Christ we are Pacifica Synod.