Welcome to the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Spanning four counties, eight conferences, and over 200 congregations and worshipping 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.
Apply for an ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grant by July 10
ELCA World Hunger Domestic Hunger Grants support projects in four categories of ministry: relief, development, organizing and advocacy. In 2015, 324 projects were funded through a total of $739,075 in grants. The breakdown of the funding across the project categories is:
— 6 Advocacy Projects
— 58 Development Projects
— 41 Organizing Projects
— 219 Relief Projects
Through these four areas of focus, Domestic Hunger Grants both contribute to meeting immediate needs of families around the country and also look toward long-term growth and development in communities. In the relief sector too, funds allow organizations to expand and improve existing structures and services.
Click here to learn more about the application process and begin an application. The application is web-based this year and accessible right from the ELCA website. The deadline is July 10.
Video: New Church Rising
New Church Rising is the first in a series of brief videos from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and Bishop Wayne N. Miller. The videos are designed for congregational use to foster discussion about the church. In this installment, the bishop examines the current state of the church, and a vision for the future.
Final Resolutions, Assembly Election Results, Bishop's Report, and Video Available Online
Final resolutions adopted by the assembly, the results of elections, links to videos, and the PowerPoint from the bishop's report and the video —"New Church Rising"—that was part of his report, are all available online here.
Learn about New Affiliated Mission Communities in the Synod
Affiliated Mission Communities (AMCs) are one way the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, is sharing the good news of God's love for us in Jesus Christ.
Intended to respond to a need that is not currently being met by existing structures and programs, Affiliated Mission Communities may take a variety of shapes, depending on the context in which they are developed. Each AMC is defined and developed in close collaboration with both the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, and a host “Incubator Congregation.”
Issue 20.1 of Let's Talk on "The Catechumenate" Now Online
The North African church father Tertullian once said that "Christians are made, not born." The new Lent issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod looks at how area pastors, catechists and sponsors are engaged in making Christians by reclaiming, in a diverse array of forms, the ancient tradition of the catechumenate.
Featured are testimonies from Monte Johnson of Immanuel, Edgewater; Krista Kapp and Tim Brown of Luther Memorial, Lincoln Square; Ben Dueholm of Messiah, Wauconda; Sister Christina Fuller of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Evanston; and former catechumen Marcus Lohrmann, now a leader at Holy Trinity, Lakeview.
Plus, Mark D. Williamson on customizing the catechumenate for your context, PJ Malin on catechizing parents of the baptized, Frank Senn on preaching with catechumens present, and Heidi Haverkamp reviews Paul Hoffman's Faith Forming Faith.
Comments and responses are always welcome.
Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops
The Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops are available here on the ELCA webpage. You will need to select the "Synods" tab, and then the appropriate form.
Please e-mail the completed forms to Mary Richardson at the synod office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2015 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper left-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.
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.
See Mission Imagination at Work - Watch the First Affiliated Mission Community Video
See the short film BRIDGING THE GAPS. The Metropolitan Chicago Synod is on the front of an innovative movement called "Affiliated Mission Communities," and this story documents the first installment, Urban Acacia. This is the video featured as part of Bishop Miller's report at this year's assembly
You can also download the video at the same site to play at worship, council meetings, or as part of other presentations.
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.