Welcome to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Spanning four counties, eight conferences, and over 180 congregations and worshiping communities, our synod works each day to support parishioners and Lutherans in Chicago and its surrounding area. As part of the ELCA, our mission is to share God's love made known to us in Jesus Christ.
Learn more about our synod in Who We Are.
Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops
The Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops are available here on the ELCA webpage.
The forms have been modified slightly from previous years.
You will need to save the form on your computer before filling it out and sending it to the synod office.
Please e-mail the completed forms to Mary Richardson at the synod office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Current Issue of Let's Talk: All Are Welcome?
How welcoming are our churches? Has "welcome" become ubiquitous but bland, affirmed but meaningless? Can we say it better? The new issue of Let’s Talk takes up these questions and more. Jennifer English writes on moving beyond welcome to invitation. You can assess your own congregation with a welcoming tool developed by Nicholas Zook and Adam Warner. Craig Mueller tells us about mystery and welcome. Michael Fick and Kelly Faulstich write on welcome and transgender people. Read Frank Senn on how churches exclude children and Benjamin J. Dueholm, in an archival piece, on how welcome can become aggressive.
Watch Synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge Video
Bishop Miller has prepared a video highlighting the synod's Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge and inviting you and your congregation to participate.
There are two versions of the video; one that is two minutes and 45 seconds, and an extended cut that is approximately six minutes.
Please consider using one of the videos during service announcements, council meetings, hunger team meetings, youth gatherings, and sharing them in other ways.
2017 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2017 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper right-hand corner of page).
For a printed copy of the guidelines, please contact Sandie at email@example.com or 773-248-0021. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021.
Sign up for Metro e-Word
While rostered leaders and congregations are already signed up to receive Metro e-Word, the weekly electronic newsletter of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, individuals can sign up as well.
Get reminders about events, notification about when the monthly newsletter and supplement to Living Lutheran are available online, and more.
Invitation to Participate in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod Million Dollar ELCA World Hunger Challenge
Meeting in assembly June 10 and 11, 2016, voting members unanimously passed RES. 03-16 To Support ELCA World Hunger, which resolved “that the congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod accept the challenge to raise one million dollars for ELCA World Hunger between June 1, 2016, and October 31, 2017; and that 100% of the offerings from the 2016 and 2017 Metropolitan Chicago Synod Assembly worship services be designated for ELCA World Hunger.”
Together we can meet and surpass this challenge. Find our more here.
Invitation to Participate in the Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative
The Open Hands Open Hearts Stewardship Initiative website is available at www.openhandsopenhearts.com. The first step in participating is for a congregation to complete a Congregational Assessment. Once completed, the results of the assessment, a planning tool, and a password are sent to the congregation. The password provides congregational leaders website access to an extensive menu of resources. This enables the congregation to develop a self-directed–yet strategic–systematic plan of action, including participation in a congregational peer cluster.
If you want to learn more about the process and the website, a recording of the Saturday, July 19, introductory webinar is accessible on the Open Hands Open Hearts page here.
Turnaround Synod Initiative
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod works to energize and renew congregations, supporting their efforts to “turnaround” and begin to grow and thrive. Our Turnaround Synod Initiative (TSI) is our program that invites these congregations to be inspired, challenged, and empowered to increase participation in their congregation and community and become more engaged.
Get more information and answers to questions, or a packet of information to share with your congregation’s leaders by clicking here.