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.
Letter Concerning New Immigration Guidelines from Bishop Sally Dyck, Northern Illinois Conference of The United Methodist Church, Bishop Jeff Lee, Episcopal Diocese of Chicago, and Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod
February 27, 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
This is a difficult time in many of our congregations. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security released guidelines that greatly increase the number of immigrants to this country who are at risk for deportation. Many people who are now fearful that they will be arrested and deported are parents, children, leaders in our congregations, and valued members of our communities.
We ask especially that you pray individually and together for people who now must worry each day about suddenly losing their jobs, homes, families, and hopes for stable and safe lives in this country. We also invite you discern how God may be calling you to respond. In each of our judicatories, we are making available resources and practical support to our immigrant members. Each of our denominations is also exploring additional ways to support our immigrant members in these difficult times, and we will keep you informed... (more)
Customizable Holy Week and Easter Invitation Tools for Congregations
Planning ahead for Holy Week and Easter? Extend an invitation to neighbors and the surrounding community using these customizable communications tools found here.
Mission Support Statement of Intent Online
Please complete your congregation’s Mission Support Statement of Intent for 2017. The link is located at the top of the page.
If you have any questions about the form, please contact Steve Homberg at the synod office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021.
Thank you for completing the form.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021. If you have any questions about the guidelines, please contact Steve at email@example.com 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.