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The Florida-Bahamas Synod

Sharing Christ, Making Disciples, Doing Justice

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The Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed in 1988 from the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in Florida and the Bahamas. There is one historic Lutheran church in Freeport, Bahamas, that dates to the earliest settlement of Europeans in the Western Hemisphere. The synod includes 187 congregations and over 200 pastors with 20 lay professionals; a like number are on the retired roster. 
The mission of the Florida-Bahamas Synod is to share Christ, make disciples, and do justice in the world.
 
The Rev. Robert G. Schaefer, Bishop
Synod Information
The Synod House is located in Tampa, from which the Bishop and staff operate. A synod is one of the three expressions of the church in the ELCA; the others are congregations and churchwide. The synod is a covenantal relationship among congregations and rostered leaders to engage in the mission of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a given area.
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us ... 2 Corinthians 5:17-20