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.
Implications of the Illinois Marriage Equality Act
This letter explores some implications of the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act with respect to ELCA positions and policies on same-gender relationships.
Find other forms and documents on our Forms and Documents page.
Mission Support Statement of Intent Online
Please complete your congregation’s Mission Support Statement of Intent for 2014 here. The link is located at the bottom 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 by February 1, 2014.
Attend Youth Ministry Fundraising Workshop with Mike Ward
On Monday, January 13, 2014, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 930 W. Higgins Rd., Schaumburg, IL 60195, Mike Ward will be the featured presenter at a workshop about fundraising for youth activities. The workshop will have two sessions: The $10,000 Car Wash from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Congregational Stewardship and Annual Special Giving Appeals from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Attend one or both of the sessions. All participants must register here. There is no cost for this event being sponsored by the Chicago Youth Ministry Network.
Information from LSSI Regarding Illinois Tornados
Information about how you can help those affected by the tornados in Illinois is available at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI). Click here for information on how to help.
Pacific Typhoon Response
One of the most powerful storms ever recorded, Super Typhoon Haiyan, crashed the central islands of the Philippines. Through partnerships and as a member of ACT Alliance, Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to urgent needs. | Give now.
2014 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2014 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper left-hand corner of page).
Appendix F deals with changes at Portico Benefit Services related to US health care reform.
Also available is information from Porticio about having the health care discussion in your congregation.
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.
Give to the ELCA Malaria Campaign
Members, congregations, and synods of the ELCA have given more than $9.2 million to support the ELCA Malaria Campaign. Thank you! This brings us closer to our goal of $15 million by 2015. Learn more.
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.