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.
Mission of the Month: Working with Children in South Africa
While serving with the ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission program, Rachel Swenson has come to some amazing conclusions about her reason for being there. Inspire your congregation with her story. For a colorful Word document to use in your congregation's bulletin board, bulletin or PowerPoint presentation, click here.
Register for Open Hands Open Hearts Webinar
To help congregations create cultures of generosity, we created an Open Hands Open Hearts website built around the six different settings where a congregation teaches Generosity – Worship, Formation, Caregiving, Outreach, Leadership, and Operations. The Open Hands Open Hearts process is scheduled to launch in July, as is the supporting website.
Choose one of three introductory webinars and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the website.
Let's Talk: Growing Leaders Is Online
The current issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod focuses on how and why we are equipping lay and clergy leaders in our synod. Read Bishop Miller on vocation and transparency, Trudy Stoffel on leading in a new call, Dan Beirne on Urban Acacia and ministry in the gaps, Fred Nelson on moving to multisite ministry, Frank Senn on projecting a worldview, and many more. The issue also features a remembrance of the journal's founding chair and longtime synod pastor Thomas Knutson. Comments and responses are always welcome on their site or Facebook page.
Synod Assembly Report Available
Due to an equipment problem, portions of the assembly were not properly recorded and a video will not be available this year.
We are looking at ways to prevent this in the future.
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.