Welcome to our blog!

The Northeastern Iowa Synod is one of 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The congregations and worshiping communities of this synod are centers for evangelical mission, where people of faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the world through worship and service.

The editor and author of most of the posts is the Rev. Dr. Joelle Colville-Hanson, Director for Evangelical Lutheran Church. It is written in Pastor Colville-Hanson’s job description that she is to help leaders and congregations in our synod use social media for outreach. As a part of that task, this blog began as a place to lift up, celebrate and encourage the ministries of the Northeastern Iowa Synod.

What we soon discovered was that what we were sharing, particularly articles about social media and digital ministry, was of interest to people beyond our synod. So while we still lift up and share stories about what our synod congregations are doing, our goal for this blog is to encourage and support all people of faith as we explore new and better ways to reach out to our communities, sharing the good news of God’s love and grace in our words and actions. Or as Pastor Joelle likes to say, “Show em Jesus!”