Often Synod Staff get questions like “What should we put in our Little Free Pantry?” “Where can I find the updates to the Model Constitution?” or “How can I find out what passed at the Synod Assembly?”  Of course we are happy to help and answer any questions you may have, but you can find the answer to these and many more questions on our Synod website.

It may be that there is so much information on our website that it can be overwhelming.  Here is an outline of what you can find and where you can find it on the site:

The top row has seven tabs, three with drop down menus:

  1. Home

  2. About Us

    1. Congregations – List of all our congregations by town, with a search feature
    2. Conferences – List of Synod Conferences with a Conference Map you can download
    3. Synod Council – List of Synod Council Members
    4. Synod Staff – List of Synod Staff and how to contact us
    5. Contact Us
  3. Ministries

    1. Disaster Response – includes “How to Assemble a Flood Bucket” and “Resources about Disaster Preparedness”
    2. Hunger – Instructions on “How to Build a Little Free Pantry,” how to reserve our wooden pig mascot to promote ELCA World Hunger and other resources
    3. Generosity
      1. Stewardship Resources
      2. Giving Opportunities – this is where you can donate to Synod Ministries online
    4. Companion Synods
      1. Hungary
        1. Young Adults in Global Mission
      2. Namibia
    5. Women of the ELCA
    6. Men’s Ministry
    7. AMMPARO Welcoming
    8. Racial Justice Advocacy
    9. Leadership Support – Candidacy, First Call, Colleague Groups, Compensation, Resources and Forms for Rostered Ministers and Congregations
    10. Barnabas Uplift
    11. S.A.F.E. Ministry
    12. Partners in Ministry
  4. Youth and Family

    1. Home Life
      1. Living Faith at Home Newsletters
    2. WIYLDE
    3. ELCA Youth Gathering
      1. 2021 ELCA Youth Gathering
      2. 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering
    4. LYO Network 
    5. Youth Ministry Network
    6. Ideas and Resources
    7. Young Adult Ministry (Lutheran Student Center, UNI)
    8. Youth Ministry E-News
    9. Call Process – List of Congregations in the Call Process, Supply Pastors, Resources and Forms
  5. Resources

    Model Constitution for Congregations, 2019 Amendments to the Model Constitution, Synod Assembly Summaries, Mission Planning Resources, Rural Ministry Resources, Resources for Geographical Parishes, Resources for Pastoral Care for Military, Newsletters and Blog, Synod Videos


Each of these pages contain a wealth of information, including links, photos, downloadable resources, and ideas.  Next time you are looking for information about our synod, check the website!



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About The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson

The Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson has been Director for Evangelical Mission, ELCA for the Northeastern Iowa Synod since late 2013. Part of her job description is to help leaders and congregations use social media and other digital means for outreach and mission. She writes and edits this blog as well as runs the social media accounts for the synod.


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