youth

Among the 315 voting members at the 2017 Synod Assembly, 17  were youth voting members. This was the first Synod Assembly for Matthias Letsche, member of Redeemer Lutheran in Waverly.  It was a very positive experience for him.  “It was a very unifying experience,” observes Letsche, who plans to become a pastor.  “All the best […]

highlights

We’ve heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  It takes a village to preach the Gospel. This past weekend, the rostered ministers and members of the congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod gathered to do the work that is necessary to ensure that the Gospel is proclaimed in response to Christ’s […]

4.13.17

Anita T. Nuetzman is a graduating senior at Wartburg Theological Seminary.  She has been approved for ordination and assigned to the Northeastern Iowa Synod. When I showed up for my entrance interview, I expected the candidacy committee to do its job, that is, to tell me I was unfit for ministry and send me back […]

mission

Your mission statement reminds members who they are and what they are about. Sometimes churches get distracted or lazy or burned out.  This comes from not having a clear purpose.  A clear mission statement reminds everyone what we are here for.   A mission statement helps members talk publicly about their faith. Writing a mission […]

reformation

2017 marks the 500th commemoration of the Reformation which is traditionally dated October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the All Saints Church in Wittenberg to protest what he saw as abuses in the church at the time. Synods and churches throughout the ELCA are planning different ways […]

H. George Anderson Fund for Leaders

The problem is real and it is urgent! ELCA pastors in the Northeastern Iowa Synod are retiring at an alarming rate.  In fact, only 27 of our current pastors are under the age of 50.  This means that while our congregations are already feeling the effects of the clergy shortage this problem will accelerate to […]

ELCA Election Resources

The ELCA is blessed with numerous carefully prepared, theologically faithful, and thoughtfully written social statements and messages, providing remarkable resources to guide us as we engage as citizens in the public square. 2016 Civic Participation and Voter Education Guide Social Teaching Documents ELCA social statements are teaching and policy documents that provide broad frameworks to assist […]