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."
NEW! Transformational Ministry Resources

2016 Synod Assembly

On May 21, 2016 nearly 450 people gathered to participate in this year's synod assembly. Participants participated in worship, fellowship, and the business of the assembly. Ten resolutions were brought to the assembly for approval and election of synod council members also took place.   Assembly Summary!

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Does your congregation need some money? Reverend Laurie Skow-Anderson has some grant funds available! If you are looking for some money to do an outreach or evangelism project in your community or you need some funds for congregational renewal, she can help. Applications are below but Pastor Laurie is also available to help you...give her a call 715.651.1658 or email her today at                               lskow-anderson@nwswi.org

Outreach and Evangelism Grant Application

Congregational Renewal

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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.  

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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Featured Events

August 18 - 19
Women of the ELCA Dairyland Conference Retreat
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Sunday May 29, 2016

Rev. Jeanne Warner was "reinstalled" today as the redeveloper pastor at Christ Lutheran, Menomonie. All of the congregations of the Northwest Synod of WI support you in your intentional work of asking what is God calling us to be and do! Read more.

Saturday May 21, 2016

Thanks to Kim Vrana for the superb photography during our 2016 Synod Assembly. Here are some additional photos that help you capture the fun everyone had during the assembly. Read more.

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