Walking together

for the sake of mission in God's world

The Northwest Synod of Wisconsin is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are comprised of 199 congregations, over 93,000 members, and over 300 clergy and rostered leaders.

Synod means walking together, which describes our interdependent ministry relationship as we support mission partners, carry out synodical and churchwide initiatives, provide for education events and leadership training, respond to disaster and emergency needs, and heed the call to be a church engaged in all the world. Learn more about our synod.

Call Process

From saying farewell to a pastor to beginning strong with a new one, we help you through the call process. Learn about the different stages of the process and find valuable resources.

Learn about the call process.

Congregations Seeking Leaders

Several congregations without regularly called pastoral leadership are in an interim period. These congregations are at various stages in the process, from newly vacant to call extended.

View openings for rostered leaders.

Make a Donation

Give a general gift or specify various ministries including Fund for Leaders, Malawi, Synod Resource Center, Lutheran Disaster Response, and more.

Give a gift online.
Download a pledge form.
Learn about planning giving.

ELCA Malaria Campaign

A child dies from malaria every 60 seconds. Today we are in a special moment where we could turn this around. Working though Lutheran churches in Africa, the ELCA Malaria Campaign is uniquely positioned to provide mosquito nets, insecticides, medication, health care, education and more to help eliminate deaths from this disease—for good.

Learn about the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

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Stewardship Toolkit

Having the right tools handy makes the job a lot easier. If you're looking for ways to grow grateful generous givers, you will find helpful tools here. View toolkit.

Welcome Mphatso!

Our friend Mphatso Thole from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Malawi is here in our synod! Many of you know Mphatso from his work as companion synod coordinator. He will be busy renewing relationships and making appearances in several locations. View Mphatso's itinerary.

Leaders Gather at Fall Ministry Retreat

Rostered leaders will have an opportunity to network, share ideas and learn from each other as they relax and renew at the Fall Ministry Retreat September 21-23 at Heartwood Conference Center, Trego. 

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Bishop Eaton Expresses Concern About Violence in the Holy Land

The ongoing struggle between Israelis and Palestinians has once again erupted into violence. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton has written a letter to Munib Younan, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land expressing her concern. Please read her letter and pray for peace in the Middle East and for all whose lives are affected by this conflict. 

View Bishop Eaton's letter

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Kaufmanns featured in Portico Video

A lot of people make New Year's resolutions about wellness, planning to exercise more, eat less or better. Unfortunately, our good intentions may not be enough. Greg and Diane Kaufmann have had to overcome some significant health-related obstacles in order to continue the kind of healthy lifestyle they once knew. Their inspirational story is featured in this short video from Portico Benefits. 

When Life Changes, How Do You Live Well? from Portico Benefit Services.

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Featured Events

September 21 - 23
Fall Ministry Retreat. Join your colleagues for "A Time Away" in a beautiful northwoods setting at Heartwood Conference Center. This year, the focus will be on creating an environment where you can truly relax, refresh and renew, because we need healthy leaders. There will be ample opportunity for counseling, coaching, best practices, interest groups, and more. Sign up today!
View brochure. View bios for spiritual directors/clergy coaches

September 27
Growing Grateful Generous Givers at Gethsemane Lutheran, Baldwin
Pr. Sandy Johnson and Pr. Mike Briggs, facilitators
View brochure.

October 13 - 14
Soul Support for Church Office Professionals in Chippewa Falls. 
This year's theme is "Living Healthy & Loving God's Abundant Life"
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November 1
Clergy Spouse Retreat at Luther Park, Chetek

November 7 - 9
Godstock (Sr. High Youth Gathering) at the Metropolis Hotel and water park, Eau Claire.
The weekend will include the music of Lightswitch, keynote speakers, service projects, water park and Action City. We have blocked off rooms at a group rate. Each group will be responsible for reserving their own rooms.
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November 9 - 12
First Call Theological Education (FCTE) at St. Anthony Spirituality Center, Marathon, WI.

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