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.
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.
Take Part in “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday
“God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday is an opportunity to celebrate who we are as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America — one church, freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. On Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, the nearly 10,000 congregations of this church will gather to serve communities in ways that share the love of God with all of God’s people.
Whether it’s 30,000 young people doing community volunteer work at an ELCA Youth Gathering, the passionate volunteers of the ELCA homeless ministry network or the devoted members of our congregations who fight for peace and justice in their communities every day, we are a church that boldly does God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities.
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.
Let's Talk: Growing Leaders Is Online
The current issue of Let's Talk: Living Theology in the Metropolitan Chicago Synod focuses on how and why we are equipping lay and clergy leaders in our synod. Read Bishop Miller on vocation and transparency, Trudy Stoffel on leading in a new call, Dan Beirne on Urban Acacia and ministry in the gaps, Fred Nelson on moving to multisite ministry, Frank Senn on projecting a worldview, and many more. The issue also features a remembrance of the journal's founding chair and longtime synod pastor Thomas Knutson. Comments and responses are always welcome on their site or Facebook page.
Mission of the Month: Abby in South Africa
As a Young Adult in Global Mission, Abby Henderson mentored teen girls and encouraged them to stay in school. Inspire your congregation with her story. For a colorful Word document to display on your congregation’s bulletin board, or use in your bulletin or PowerPoint presentation, click here.
Synod Assembly Report Available
Due to an equipment problem, portions of the assembly were not properly recorded and a video will not be available this year.
We are looking at ways to prevent this in the future.
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.