Time to Amend Your Congregation’s Constitution!

At last August’s ELCA Churchwide Assembly in New Orleans many amendments were made to the ELCA Model Constitution for Congregations. Most of these amendments were introduced as a result of the Assembly’s decision to merge the three lay rosters (i.e. associates in ministry, diaconal ministers and deaconesses) into a single roster of Ministers of Word […]

NW MN Synod Fund for Leaders Endowment Established

In the 1990s our church created the ELCA Fund for Leaders (FFL) as an endowed scholarship resource. It was designed to insure that faithful and promising men and women can provide pastoral leadership for the ELCA. Over the years, a steadily growing number of the ELCA’s 65 synods have started their own endowment funds within […]

Mission Builders on the Move!

God does work in mysterious ways! We only need to stop and listen for God. That’s what happened to Gene and Caryl Ziegenhagen. In February of this year, Gene was approached to represent the Alexandria Conference as nominee for Synod Council. After prayer and consideration he agreed and was elected to the council position at […]

Cluster 13 and Their Transition

On September 8, 2016, Rev. Karla Mickelson of Gloria Dei/Winchester Lutheran Parish gathered members of congregations across Cluster 13 to discuss the recent release of results from the Congregational Vitality Project from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This meeting is the second that has taken place during the transition to the new conference structure […]

2016 Churchwide Assembly Report

Twenty-two members of congregations of the NW MN Synod were among the 945 voting members that met during the 14th Churchwide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in New Orleans, LA, August 8-13. As the highest legislative authority of the ELCA, they discussed and approved a number of key actions, including the following: […]