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

NEW! Blog by Carey Nieuwhof. Check out "8 Reasons Most Churches Never Break the 200 Attendance Mark."

Malaria Campaign Reaches Goal

$301,181.50 = many lives saved, and many others healed from the scourge of Malaria. It also means that the NW Synod of Wisconsin has achieved its fundraising goal as part of the ELCA Malaria Campaign. 

Read the full story.

Growing Grateful Generous Givers

Pastors, bring a team of 3-5 people to this workshop and be equipped to do year-round stewardship. You will go home with the tools you need to open up the conversation about stewardship in your congregation in a new way. Choose the workshops that are most convenient for you. They will be led by pastors from this synod. There is no cost for these workshops. Call or email the synod office to register your team: 715.859.6810 or lbartsch@nwswi.org. View details

'Generosity Project' theme for 2015 Synod Assembly

This year's synod assembly will be held May 30-31 on the UW-Eau Claire campus. In addition to taking care of synod business matters, voting members and guests will hear Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share, Save, Spend. For over 20 years, Nathan has been an industry thought-leader on helping individuals and families align their values with their money decisions. View details.

Bishop Hoyme's Easter Message

I walked slowly down the hall to Vera's room. It was the day before Easter and I had spent much of Holy Week bringing Communion to my church's shut-ins. But I had not yet crossed Vera off of my list. Vera was in our local hospital, and Vera was dying. Perhaps this is why I waited to see her last. Pastors aren't supposed to have favorites, but I always have, and Vera was one of my favorites. I didn't want her to die.

As I sat by Vera's hospital bed, I confessed that I didn't have my Easter sermon done yet, and even worse I told her, I really didn't like writing Easter sermons. "Everybody knows the story," I told her as I held onto her withered fingers, "and I never know what else to say." 

Read the full story.

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Featured Events

April 25
Growing Grateful Generous Givers at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Marshfield
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May 2
Growing Grateful Generous Givers at Saron Lutheran, Ashland
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May 8 - 9
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Ralph Klein, LSTC
View website.

May 9
Synod Council Meeting at the synod office (Luther Park), Chetek.

May 30 - 31
2015 Synod Assembly at UW-Eau Claire
View details.

May 30
Walking Together at UW-Eau Claire. View details.

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