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Registration Open – Equipping Congregations Day

Equipping Congregations Day! Come gather together as we enter the season of Advent with learning opportunities to equip congregations as we live the Word today. Saturday, December 2, 2023 8:30am – 3:00pm Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar ALL ARE WELCOME! -Congregation Members -Council Officers -Christian Educators -Worship & Youth Leaders -Pastors… Everyone! Childcare Available! Register Now …

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God’s Love Made Real: A Conversation With Bishop Eaton

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), will join congregations in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota on Oct. 17 at 12 p.m. Central time for a regional conversation on God’s Love Made Real. The Rev. Craig Schweitzer, bishop of the ELCA Western North Dakota Synod, will …

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LYO Worship Band

LYO is bringing back the youth-led praise band to the SW MN Synod! Band Application Beginning October 1, high school musicians (current 9-12 graders) will be able to apply to be part of this group, mentored by Rev. Hans Peterson of Dakota Road. The application process includes a short written application as well as a …

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Companion Synod Visitor Exchange

This month the SW MN Synod will host 4 guests from our Companion Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa – South Eastern Diocese, for a two week visit.  To welcome them, a synod-wide meet and greet will be held:  Saturday, September 23rd  1-4 pm  Zion Lutheran Church 504 N Gilman Litchfield, MN 55355  …

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Lay Ministry Learning

+Post by Pastor Heather Culuris, Synod Minister  But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of God who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light… (1 Pet. 2:9)  Almost 2000 years ago, these words were written to the earliest …

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Financial resources for Coaching sessions now available!

Thanks to generous support from the Lilly Endowment Inc., the Gifts of Grace program is offering funding for rostered ministers who would like to utilize the new Coaching program in SW MN Synod. Rostered minsters can receive support for up to four coaching sessions. Coaching can help with renewal in ministry. It’s a chance to intentionally …

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2024 Compensation Guidelines

As congregations move into the process of planning church budgets or spending plans for the coming year, the Compensation Guidelines Committee provides the following highlights for rostered leaders and council leaders. Click here for the 2024 Compensation Guidelines that were approved at our 2023 synod assembly. A few things to highlight in the Guidelines:  The …

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