We are Church Together

We are church together. From small congregations on the prairie to large congregations in urban centers (and everything in between), we come together as the Southwestern Minnesota Synod.

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Upcoming Events

08 October

2023 Fall Theological Conference

6:30 pm - 11:30 am

Link for 2023 Fall Theological Conference
17 November

Junior High Youth Gathering

All day

Link for Junior High Youth Gathering
21 November

SW MN Synod Ethics and Boundaries for Ministers Training

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Link for SW MN Synod Ethics and Boundaries for Ministers Training


Aug 09

A Message from Bp. Dee Pederson & Synod Minister, Pr. Naomi Mahler

September 4, 2023 Continuing Prayers for Synod Minister, Pr. Naomi Mahler. Please visit Pr. Naomi’s CaringBridge site…

Link for A Message from Bp. Dee Pederson & Synod Minister, Pr. Naomi Mahler
Jul 27

Joy, Generosity, Gratefulness 

We are church together! What a joy it was to gather for the Synod Assembly as people…

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Apr 10

“Do not be afraid; go and tell.”

Easter 2023 Easter 2023As Matthew tells the resurrection story, Matthew 28:1-10, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary…

Link for “Do not be afraid; go and tell.”

Are you discerning God’s call?

Take a moment to consider: What is God calling you to? God’s call comes to us in wide and varied forms — teaching youth, serving on a board or committee within your congregation, or even leading worship as a lay leader. Others may feel God is calling them to further learning and become ordained as a minister of Word and Sacrament (pastor) or a minister of Word and Service (Deacon).

If you are hearing God’s call, please reach out to Pastor Heather Culuris at the synod office. We would love to hear how God is calling you and help you along your vocation journey!

Can Help With the Call Process

If you are a Rostered Minister seeking a call or a congregation seeking a Minister, Synod staff can help. Synod staff walks with you through the ELCA congregational Call Process. Synod and ELCA resources are abundant — listening, consulting, guiding, training, and equipping to navigate transitions.

Thank You for your
Financial Support!

Make a donation, pay for an event, or set up online giving for your congregation. Visit the SW MN Synod online giving page.

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