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.


Missional Toy Box

Missional Toy Box

Find playful and imaginative ways to explore renewal in your congregation.

View Missional Toy Box

Bishop Hoyme's Christmas Message

In his Christmas message, Bishop Hoyme reminds us to make way for the Christ child to re-enter our lives this Christmas--not with a flurry of activity, but in the peace and quiet of 'silent night.' View the Bishop's Christmas message.

Renewing Congregations

Perhaps you have determined that your congregation is in need of renewal, but where to start? In this short article, the Rev. Laurie Skow-Anderson makes it easy. Begin with prayer.

Read the full story.

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

January 9 - 10
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Diane Jacobson, Luther Seminary
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January 30 - 31
Candidacy Retreat at Luther Point Bible Camp, Grantsburg
View details.

February 8 - 9
Winter Theological Event at the Metropolis Resort, Eau Claire  
View brochure.
Register now

February 13 - 14
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Kathryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary
View website.

March 13 - 14
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Brian Jones, Wartburg College
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March 26
Foundations and Endowments featuring Larry Westfield, ELCA Regional Gift Planner. This event will be held at Luther Park, Chetek.

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Wednesday December 17, 2014

Malawi Mission Trip Read more.

Tuesday December 16, 2014

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