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."

Walking Together and Synod Assembly Focus on Generosity

Nearly 400 people gathered at the university campus in Eau Claire May 30-31 to learn, share, worship and conduct the business of the synod. This year's theme, "The Generosity Project," helped attendees continue our focus on the 4Gs: Growing Grateful Generous Givers. View the video featuring generosity stories from our synod.

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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. 

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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

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Featured Events

August 19
Root Beer Floats with the Bishop Chippewa Valley Conference - Christ Lutheran, Menomonie 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please call the synod office or email Liz at lbartsch@nwswi.org to register.
More info

August 23
Root Beer Floats with the Bishop
Apple River Conference-Fristad Lutheran
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Please call the synod office or email Liz at lbartsch@nwswi.org to register.
More info

August 27
Building a Stewardship House: Tools for a Strong Foundation of Generosity Our friends in the Southeast Minnesota Synod bring you an opportunity to live stream this amazing event from Gustavus Adolphus College.
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September 21 - 23
Fall Ministry Retreat. Join your colleagues for "A Time Away" in a beautiful northwoods setting at Heartwood Conference Center. This is an environment where you can truly relax, refresh and renew, because we need healthy leaders. 
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March 12
Walking Together at UW-Eau Claire.

May 21
2016 Synod Assembly at Trinity Lutheran, Eau Claire

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Tuesday July 28, 2015

Greetings from Chipita which is as about as far north as one can go in Malawi. we are seven kilometers away from Zambia and 20 from Tanzania. Tomorrow we will mold bricks and greet the folks of the parish here. The pastor here is the solo pastor for 3642 members. The pastor we were with yesterday is the solo pastor fro 2000. I am impressed by them, and amazed at their dedication. The group continues to be awesome sports and… Read more.

Monday July 27, 2015

Valentines for Malawi being distributed by Mrs. Marge Lauring. These were made and sent by the youth of the Lake Town and First Lutheran parish in Cushing, WI. Read more.

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