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.
Participate in Ultimate Youth Lock-in on November 6-7, 2015
Take part in the Ultimate Lock-in on November 6-7, 2015, beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and ending on Saturday at 5 a.m.
The cost is $30, and registration is by group. Scholarships are available; please contact Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require financial assistance. Join youth from around the synod for this annual event for high school and middle school youth of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod. From 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., youth and adult chaperones will gather at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187, for a concert with Rachel Kurtz and Agape.
Then from 12:00 a.m. until 5:00 a.m., participants travel to Enchanted Castle in Lombard (1103 S. Main St., Lombard 60148) for arcade games, bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, food, and fellowship.
Youth leaders need to indicate how many youth will attend the event. There must be at least one adult leader per seven youth.
For more information about the event, e-mail email@example.com.
Click here for more information and online registration.
Invitation from Bishop Miller and Antiracism Team to Participate in 40 Days of Prayer
September 8, 2015
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
As you are aware, our ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton designated last weekend as a time to draw special attention to our stance of solidarity with the African Methodist Episcopal Church and with all who work to combat racial violence and systemic racism in our world.
I am deeply grateful to Bishop Eaton for calling us into a new engagement with the destructive power and pervasive presence of racism in all aspects of our lives and work. At the same time, I am painfully aware that a weekend emphasis on heightened awareness of this demonic force is only the beginning of the work that must be done.
I am therefore making a special appeal to the leaders of our synod to begin, now, a renewed commitment to summon the courage, the dedication, the perseverance and the faithfulness that is required of us to make the struggle with racism not just an event, but the ongoing expression of lives transformed by the love and power of Jesus.
We begin, at the encouragement of our synod antiracism team, with a period of 40 days of prayer, using, as you see fit, the daily prayer included here:
Loving God, continue to guide the synod's antracism team as they move forward in their ministry.
As we emerge from this 40 days of preparation, I will be regularly encouraging and challenging us all in the use of additional resources and disciplines so that the work may continue.
I fully expect that there will be many places of resistance and skepticism in this endeavor. I am asking you, as colleagues, not only for your prayers, but for your partnership as we strive to make the promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ into a living witness in our confused and broken world.
In the name and by the power of this same Jesus Christ,
Wayne N. Miller
Register for Workshop on Professional Boundaries for Rostered Leaders, November 5 or 6, 2015
The synod will host a free workshop for all rostered leaders on November 5 and 6, 2015, that will address boundary issues. This workshop is being offered on two different days and at two different locations. It is the expectation of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, that, once every three years, all rostered leaders attend a workshop focusing on appropriate boundaries in ministry. Boundary awareness workshops typically focus on sexual boundaries in ministry, this training will also include: financial boundaries, conflict of interest and complications of social media. The workshop will explore internal and external reasons why it is so difficult to set and maintain boundaries in a church system. Finally, the workshop will focus on prevention and ways to support healthy boundaries in self and congregation.
The presenter is David Olsen, the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) David recently co-authored Saying No to Say Yes: Everyday Boundaries and Pastoral Excellence (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, March 2015).
Bishop Miller’s Upcoming Sabbatical
July 28, 2015
Dear congregations and rostered leaders,
Bishop Wayne N. Miller will be on a three-month sabbatical from September 21, 2015, through December 21, 2015. While he is away, neighboring bishops from ELCA synods will cover any contingencies requiring a bishop to be present. Also during this time, the Rev. Cynthia K. Hileman will be acting bishop and attend to the day-to-day activities of the synod office.
Sabbatical leaves are quite common for clergy, and most bishops take one sabbatical during each term of office. This is the first sabbatical of Bishop Miller’s career.
Please note that throughout his sabbatical, Bishop Miller will not be available for any work relating to the synod office.
If you have any questions, please contact the synod office at 773-248-0021.
Video: New Church Rising
New Church Rising is the first in a series of brief videos from the Metropolitan Chicago Synod and Bishop Wayne N. Miller. The videos are designed for congregational use to foster discussion about the church. In this installment, the bishop examines the current state of the church, and a vision for the future.
Final Resolutions, Assembly Election Results, Bishop's Report, and Video Available Online
Final resolutions adopted by the assembly, the results of elections, links to videos, and the PowerPoint from the bishop's report and the video —"New Church Rising"—that was part of his report, are all available online here.
Learn about Affiliated Mission Communities in the Synod
Affiliated Mission Communities (AMCs) are one way the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, is sharing the good news of God's love for us in Jesus Christ.
Intended to respond to a need that is not currently being met by existing structures and programs, Affiliated Mission Communities may take a variety of shapes, depending on the context in which they are developed. Each AMC is defined and developed in close collaboration with both the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, and a host “Incubator Congregation.”
Issue 20.1 of Let's Talk on "The Catechumenate" Now Online
The North African church father Tertullian once said that "Christians are made, not born." The new Lent issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod looks at how area pastors, catechists and sponsors are engaged in making Christians by reclaiming, in a diverse array of forms, the ancient tradition of the catechumenate.
Featured are testimonies from Monte Johnson of Immanuel, Edgewater; Krista Kapp and Tim Brown of Luther Memorial, Lincoln Square; Ben Dueholm of Messiah, Wauconda; Sister Christina Fuller of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Evanston; and former catechumen Marcus Lohrmann, now a leader at Holy Trinity, Lakeview.
Plus, Mark D. Williamson on customizing the catechumenate for your context, PJ Malin on catechizing parents of the baptized, Frank Senn on preaching with catechumens present, and Heidi Haverkamp reviews Paul Hoffman's Faith Forming Faith.
Comments and responses are always welcome.
Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops
The Rostered Leader Reports to Synod Bishops are available here on the ELCA webpage. You will need to select the "Synods" tab, and then the appropriate form.
Please e-mail the completed forms to Mary Richardson at the synod office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.