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.
VIDEO: Building a Stewardship House


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."

Malawi Famine Relief Efforts

Our companion synod in Malawi (ELCM) is currently experiencing a famine due to the severe flooding that occurred earlier this year.  Because of the famine, and estimated 2.8 million people in the "Warm Heart of Africa" are currently facing starvation.  Unfortunately, the situation will only get worse.  The need for food and resources is critical during the peak of the famine (November 2015 - March 2016).  Please consider joining the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin in our relief efforts to reduce hunger and starvation.  Monetary gifts will be sent directly to Malawi's food ministries.  Thank you!  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!  

Click here to give a gift online.

Click here to support Famine Relief through our GoFundMe account.  

An Invitation from Global Mission

Serving the global church is a great opportunity to engage with and learn from other cultures, travel and discover more about who you are as a Christian. The Global Mission Unit is developing a recruitment strategy for members of the ELCA, especially members of ethnically diverse populations and those whose first language is other than English. Your input will be the basis for the strategy. We are interested in hearing from all regarding what would make global service appealing. Please click on the link below for a short questionnaire. Thank you for your time!

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.

SRC is Deeply Rooted and Always Being Made New

Synod Resource director, Greg Kaufmann, shares a new approach taken by the Synod Resource Center to keep up with the times.

Read the full story.

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Featured Events

February 14 - 15
Winter Theological Event at the Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire  
Register Now!
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February 27
Christ Jam: Middle School Youth Gathering View Synod Youth Board Website
Registration Form-Due February 5, 2016

March 12
Walking Together at UW-Eau Claire.
View Walking Together Page for Details

April 13
Healthy Boundaries Workshop Opportunity Sponsored by Wisconsin Council of Churches

April 17
Synod Resource Center-Open House Come see the new digs for the Synod Resource Center as they've recently moved to Grace Lutheran in Eau Claire!

April 29 - 30
Synod Women's Convention at the Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire

View all upcoming events.

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Thursday February 4, 2016

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