I received a phone call last week sharing that Shirley Hansen had recently died. She was the widow of Pr. and District President/Bishop Edward A. Hansen from the Southwest Minnesota District of the American Lutheran Church. She recently died. Lee Anne Lack (her husband is Gene), one of Ed and Shirley’s daughters, shared the news […]
Attention Pastors and Congregation Presidents! THANK YOU to those who have submitted their Annual Congregational Reports (Parochial Report/Form A & C) online, or mailed them to the synod office! To date, 161 Forms A and C have been submitted. We still need 80 congregations to complete the forms to be at 100% completion. These forms […]
The SW MN Synod received three new candidates for call during the churchwide assignment process. We are grateful for Stephen Hilding, Lisa Meshke, and Megan Preston who will come to serve in your synod. Each week we will share a little something about each assignee. Meet Stephen: Stephen Hilding is excited to join the Southwestern […]
The 2017 Synod Assembly registration is now open! Click here to register! Click here to visit the synod assembly webpage, here you will find materials that will assist you in registering members of your congregation for the assembly.
We formally announced the Embrace God’s Mission + Equip God’s People Funding Initiative at last year’s Synod Assembly. Our mission as a synod calls us to empower and equip people. Our investment will bring significant improvements to our synod’s congregations and leaders. We are working on communication materials for your congregation to better understand the […]
The SW MN Synod received three new candidates for call during the churchwide assignment process. We are grateful for Lisa Meshke, Megan Preston, and Stephen Hilding who will come to serve in your synod. Each week we will share a little something about each assignee. Meet Megan Preston: My name is Megan Preston and I […]
Rooted in Faith The Sr. High Youth Gathering happened March 10-11 and the gathering was all about being rooted in Christ, strengthened and fed to naturally and gratefully reach out to our neighbors. Pastor Brian Konkol shared stories from his life that illustrated our roots in God, our connectedness with others and the impact of […]
In 2015’s statistical report, congregations in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod were invited to complete a survey about congregational vitality. The surveys were sometimes given to congregations, councils, committees or sometimes staff alone completed them. Recently the results of these surveys became available. Here are the results. Thanks to everyone who joined in the process. […]
A great way to “Equip all the baptized!” Shetek Bible Camp is hosting a youth and adult equipping event. Bring a Team! PLAN-IT the coming year design a well-balanced, one year framework, with an emphasis on self-care and building a leadership producing culture. “OVERVIEW This is a guided planning and sharing experience for those responsible for youth […]
I just found this Congregational Vitality Report from 2015. It is interesting to ponder how we make these numbers even stronger.