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.
Holy Week and Easter Services in Synod Congregations
Find a congregation in your area to attend Good Friday and Easter services.
Find out more about the teachings of congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) by visiting here.
All are welcome.
Register for Spring Stewardship Conference
This year’s Spring Stewardship Conference, Overcoming the Stewardship and Financial
Confusions in Your Congregation, will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago 1100 E. 55th St., Chicago, IL 60615.
Online registration is available here.
The cost (includes lunch) is $30 per person, $25 per person if registration and payment is received prior to April 21, 2014, and $20 for LSTC students.
The conference will look at overcoming five stewardship confusions and four financial confusions common in congregations.
If you have questions, please contact Steve Homberg at the synod office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-248-0021.
Apply for a Nonviolence Initiatives Grant by May 1
The Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, has received funding to provide a series of one-time grants aimed at fostering nonviolence in our communities. Grants of three to five thousand dollars will be offered to congregations that propose initiatives in one of three categories: domestic violence prevention, community violence prevention, and suicide prevention. Grants are due by May 1, 2014, and funds will be distributed in August 2014. Download the fillable grant application here - scroll down to Nonviolence Initiatives Grant Application.
Complete the Challenge, Earn Your Wellness Dollars
ELCA-Primary health plan members and eligible spouses, you can each earn $500 wellness dollars in 2014 by taking stock of your health and working to improve it.
Take the Mayo Clinic Health Assessment — Earn $150
Take your confidential health assessment on the Mayo Clinic EmbodyHealth portal by April 30 to help your congregation earn a 2% discount on 2014 health contributions. (Final health assessment deadline: Sept. 30.) Even if you do not know all of your health numbers, you can answer with your best idea of what they are.
If you have any questions about the assessment, contact the synod's Portico regional representative Andrea Arey at 949-338-9573 or e-mail her your question.
Indicate that you have completed the assessment (anonymous).
Turnaround Synod Initiative
The Turnaround Synod Initiative is an attempt to challenge, inspire, encourage, and equip declining congregations of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod to grow and thrive.
The goal of the Turnaround Synod Initiative is that 50% of the congregations in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod that are currently experiencing decline will be seeing an upward trend in worship attendance by mid-2013. This means that we will move from having two of every three congregations declining to two of three growing in average worship attendance.