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.

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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

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.

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Change and Thrive: A Congregation's Journey from Decline to New Life

What is God's purpose for your congregation? 

That's a big question-one that several members of congregations in our synod gathered to discuss Saturday, Oct 18 at Calvary Lutheran in Minong. Presentations were part of the "Change and Thrive" workshops facilitated by four NWSWI pastors who have attended Mission Redeveloper training-Nancy Hanson, Amy Hessel, Michelle Nickodemus and Paul Simmons. 

In an effort to better understand change and how to implement change in congregations, the group learned about the science of renewal, the congregational life cycle, eight characteristics of vital congregations and the difference between adaptive and technical change.

The facilitators challenged the group to create a six-month plan to renew their congregations by focusing on:

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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

December 12 - 13
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's in Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Carl Heidel, Northwest Synod of Wisconsin
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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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February 13 - 14
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Kathryn Schifferdecker, Luther Seminary
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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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April 10 - 11
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Ann Fritschel, Wartburg Seminary
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May 8 - 9
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls
Continuing Ed Faculty: Ralph Klein, LSTC
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