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.
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Registration for the Synod Assembly Available
Early registration for this year’s synod assembly, June 10-11, 2016, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Dr., Tinley Park, IL 60477, is available here. Early registration ends May 6, 2016. Hotel reservation assembly rates end on May 19, 2016. Online registration ends May 27, 2016.
Assess Your Physical and Emotional Health — Earn $150
Take the Mayo Clinic health assessment and, if you have ELCA-Primary benefits, earn $150 wellness dollars. Act by April 30, and help your sponsoring organization earn a 1% discount on ELCA health contributions, too. But don’t just take it for the money. Take it because it’s an opportunity to pause and truly listen to what your numbers, your body, and perhaps your doctor or loved ones have told you.
Access the health assessment directly through myPortico — no need for a separate Mayo Clinic username and password. Be sure to use your own myPortico account; couples cannot share one.
2016 Rostered Leader Salary Guidelines Available Online
The 2016 Salary Guidelines for Rostered Leaders are available here (see upper right-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.
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.”
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.
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.