General Questions

Questions

Who could help our congregation set up its own endowment fund?

We’re concerned about the cost of Portico benefits. Who could help us?

Our council is wondering about visiting with neighboring congregations to discuss ways we could cooperate together more closely. Who could help us with that?

We’re struggling with our financial stewardship. Who in the synod could help us with that?

Someone in our congregation is thinking about becoming a pastor. Who could help this person?

We’ve been in a conflict in our church that’s keeping us from being healthy. Who could help us with that?

We’re interested in having a church council retreat. Are there good leaders available to help us?

Commonly Used Acronyms

Where should I send upcoming events?


Who could help our congregation set up its own endowment fund?

To find out more information on helping your congregation start its own endowment fund, please contact Amy Bigot, 763-443-3750 or amy.bigot@elca.org.


We’re concerned about the cost of Portico benefits. Who could help us?

For more information about Portico Benefits, please contact Terri Endres, 800-352-2876 or tendres@porticobenefits.org.


Our council is wondering about visiting with neighboring congregations to discuss ways we could cooperate together more closely. Who could help us with that?

For more information about working with other congregations in your area, please contact Keith Zeh, 218-299-4447 or zeh@cord.edu.


We’re struggling with our financial stewardship. Who in the synod could help us with that?

The synod provides many resources to assist in the growth of financial stewardship within congregations. Please visit our Stewardship Resources page or contact Paul Erdal, 218-299-3019 or paulerdal@cord.edu.


Someone in our congregation is thinking about becoming a pastor. Who could help this person?

If you are interested in the candidacy process for yourself or someone else, please contact Laurie Natwick, 218-299-3019 or natwick@cord.edu. The ELCA website also has excellent resources about the candidacy process.


We’ve been in a conflict in our church that’s keeping us from being healthy. Who could help us with that?

The pastoral staff are available to help with conflicts. Please contact the synod office for assistance.


We’re interested in having a church council retreat. Are there good leaders available to help us?

A great place to start with this would be contacting the pastoral staff at the synod office. They may lead the retreat or they may suggest someone who would be a good fit.


Commonly Used Acronyms

AiM = Associates in Ministry

CLA = Congregational Leadership Academy

CSM = ELCA Congregational and Synodical Mission

CWA = ELCA Churchwide Assembly

EaND = Eastern North Dakota Synod

ELCA = Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

FCTC = First Call Theological Education (Annual event for first-call pastors)

FMM = Fabric of Mutual Ministry

LCPPMLutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota

LCM = Lutheran Campus Ministry

LMM = Lutheran Men in Mission

LYO = Lutheran Youth Organization

NWMN = Northwestern Minnesota Synod

P2P = Pastor-to-Pastor Program

SAM = Synodically Authorized Lay Minister (not ordained)

STaR Congregations =  Small town and rural congregations

SWO = Synod Women’s Organization (See also WELCA)

VFM = Vibrant Faith Ministries

WELCA = Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (See also SWO)


Where should I send upcoming events?

If you have an event or article you’d like included in the Northern Lights email newsletter, please email newsnwmn@cord.edu. Articles for the Northern Lights must be submitted by 10:00 am the Thursday before the publication date. All items submitted to the website need to be approved and may be edited by synod staff.