Who could help our congregation set up its own endowment fund?
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 email@example.com.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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
FCTC = First Call Theological Education (Annual event for first-call pastors)
FMM = Fabric of Mutual Ministry
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.