Our Purpose

The purpose of the NWMN synod is to serve God’s mission by focusing its entire life on calling, raising up, forming in faith and spiritual leadership and sending the next generation of disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have a heart for God’s Mission to redeem creation. The synod is the hands and feet of God’s mission. As Christ followers led by God’s Holy Spirit we…

  • join in that work to bring hope and healing, reconciliation and redemption to the world.
  • pray and are guided by the message of scripture to discern God’s will in NWMN synod.
  • live out the Greatest Commandment of Matthew 22, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind … and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • live out the Great Commission in Matthew 28 to “Go therefore and make disciple of all nations.”
  • are missional pioneers, led out of our comfort zones by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness of the communities and contexts God has called us to serve.
  • are not a “settled” church comfortable with the status quo, but rather a sent church that sees itself as on the move for the sake of the gospel and the sake of the world. (Rick Rouse and Craig VanGelder, Field Guide for the Missional Congregation, Augsburg Fortress 2008, 25).

A brief sketch of the ministry of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod

What Difference Does Synod Ministry Make?


Supporting one another in evangelical mission development.God's work. Our hands


A strong church require effective leadership, both ordained and lay. Jesus devoted major energy to the leadership formation of his disciples. So must we. If you reflect on synod ministry, you notice the prominence of leadership formation, support, development and accountability. These are critical functions to the health of the church.


The church is at its best when gifts, burdens and mission are shared. Synod ministry oversees and tends the important relationships, networks and formal structures of our ministry together, helping congregations do together what could not be done well alone.


Synodical ministries of decision-making, leadership support and development, congregational support, and extended ministry are structured around the mutual accountability of the community of faith. Decisionmaking is democratic; leaders are elected by their congregations or appointed by the synod council or the synod assembly.

Our constitutions bind us to a confession of faith based on Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. In this way we choose to evaluate and discern our ministry by its faithfulness to Jesus Christ and his Gospel of Salvation.

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