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.
Take part in the ULTIMATE Lock-in
Join us for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod from Friday, November 7 through Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.
From 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 8:30 p.m.) to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, to view the film Wide Awake. This film is rated PG and is about a boy searching for proof of God’s existence after the death of his grandfather. Guided discussion following the film will encourage youth to think about where they see God at work in their everyday lives, and what role death plays in the promise of new life through resurrection. Then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship.
Fund for Mission Applications Due October 1
In 1997, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod created a mission endowment fund for the purpose of assisting congregations to energize and extend the reach of their mission. The primary purpose of these grants is to stimulate creative approaches to evangelical outreach, or, invitational evangelism.
Congregations that have previously received funding may apply for one follow-up grant for the same project.
Instruction and an updated online grant application are available here.
The form needs to be filled out and e-mailed to the synod office. The Fund Board awards grants twice a year.
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.
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.
Let's Talk: Food and Justice Is Online
In the new issuer of Let's Talk, we consider how food--including the bread and wine of Holy Communion--relates to justice. Read Julie Vassilatos on food deserts and baking communion bread, Ben Dueholm on the Night Ministry, Bailey Pickens on veganism and Christian ethics, Sonya Harper on Englewood's "Growing Home" organization, Frank Senn on food fights at the Lord's Supper, and much more.
Reader responses are always welcome.
Mission of the Month: ‘Sometimes a church just needs bricks and mortar!’
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia is growing fast – so fast it needs more church buildings. Inspire your congregation with this story.
For a colorful Word document to display on your congregation's bulletin board, or use in your bulletin or PowerPoint presentation, click 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.