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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It's Friday . . . But Sunday's Coming!

An Easter Message from Bishop Hoyme

Last month I got to meet one of my heroes.  His name is Tony Campolo He has been one of the great influences in both my personal faith and my professional life. I have sat in a stadium filled with 40,000 Lutheran kids and watched this man transform kids, one life at a time, through the power of his Christian message. Last month, I got to sit in one of our congregations and experience him-and the power of his message- again.

According to Tony, his most popular message is what he calls, "It's Friday… but Sunday's coming!"  


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Growing Grateful Generous Givers

Keith MundyKeith Mundy, Director of Stewardship for the ELCA asked the 69 participants in the March 24 Stewardship workshop,"How many of you want to raise ungrateful ungenerous children or grandchildren?"

No one wants that. Then the question becomes, "How do we raise grateful and generous children, grandchildren and congregations?"

Read the full story.

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

May 2 - 3
Synod Women's Convention at the Plaza Hotel, Eau Claire
View flier. For more information, visit SWO website.

May 9 - 10
Lay School of Ministry at Our Saviour's Lutheran, Chippewa Falls

May 10
Imagine Together: Multiple Missional Strategies
David Fredrickson, Luther Seminary
View details.

May 14
Life Together: How to Form Cooperative Ministries at Luther Park Bible Camp, Chetek
View details.

June 7 - 8
Synod Assembly This year's theme is "Walking Together ... Working Together." Get a group from your congregation together and join us for this new approach to synod assembly. Walking Together (formerly a one-day event in March) will be combined with synod assembly at UW-Eau Claire. View assembly details. View Walking Together information.

June 7
Walking Together at UW-Eau Claire. View details.

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