One thing that can be said about this election’s political climate is that it has sparked a nationwide conversation on sexism, sexual harassment, and abuse.  The ELCA Task Force on Women and Justice, which is writing a statement to be presented to the 2019 Churchwide Assembly, has many resources for congregations who wish to address […]


Every fall, the rostered leaders of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gather for a few days of continuing education, rest, renewal, and fellowship.  This event is planned and organized by a committee of synod rostered leaders and is anticipated and appreciated by those who attend. The gathering usually follows the same schedule.  We gather on Sunday […]


Pastors have been serving more than one congregation probably since there were congregations. Some may be familiar with the term “yoked” congregations.   This is when two congregations share the expenses of a pastor, but maybe not much else.  It is only one of many possibilities when it comes to shared ministry.  The Northeastern Iowa Synod […]


In late August Decorah, Spillville, Elkader, and surrounding areas were hit with heavy rains that caused flash flooding. The onslaught was swift and unexpected but Northeastern Iowa Synod congregation leaders and members were just as swift to respond with shelter, food, volunteers as well as working with Lutheran Services in Iowa to develop a relief […]

Social Media Sunday

I know, Fall arrived sooner than you were ready and there were Rally Day and God’s Work our Hands Day, and a new Bible Study starting up and plans for the Fall Supper and Bazaar.  And last year you thought you’d do something really elaborate for Social Media Sunday, but here it is coming up […]


For more and more folks, email is the preferred method of communication. You may already find that many of your members choose to receive their newsletters by e-mail when given that option. You are probably sending them the regular print edition in a PDF form.  This is not the best way to communicate your news.  […]


Last month the 2016 Churchwide Assembly voted to gather all those serving as lay rostered leaders – deaconesses, diaconal ministers and associates in ministry (AIMS) into one lay roster known as “Ministers of Word and Service”, effective January 1, 2017. They will also be called deacons (which means service). Ministers of Word and Service serve […]