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 Rostered Leaders Lenten Day of Prayer, April 8, 2014
Rostered leaders are invited to join one another in a Lenten Day of Prayer led by Spiritual Director Brad Hanson (Grace Institute, Luther College) under the theme “Water from the Well: Reflection, Renewal, and Prayer for Lent” on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, beginning at 8.30 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Rd., Lisle, IL 60532. Structured prayer, guided reflection, and silence will be built into the day. Lunch is included, and the Day of Prayer ends with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at approximately 4:30 p.m. The fee for the day is $45, and is open to the first forty registrants.
Those wishing to attend can register and pay online here.
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).
Congregational Leadership Training Opportunities in Lent
The synod office is offering, at no cost, six different congregational leadership training opportunities during Lent . The sessions will all be held at the Lutheran Center, 1st Floor, Augsburg Room, 8765 W. Higgins Rd., Chicago, IL 60631.
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.
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.