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Our Missions & Ministries


This mighty castle fortification in Slovakia’s capital, erected in the 9th century, is a symbol of our strong and enduring relationship with the many Lutheran ministries in Slovakia. Learn more about our mission and programs there…

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We Are Connected.

Our Synod is unique, and as part of our celebration of our 100th anniversary, a multi-part video series has been commissioned that explores our identity as a synod within the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The first part of this series, Our Synod Is Connected, debuted at our 2019 Synod Assembly. Watch it now and learn more about us…

PICTURED ABOVE: Presiding Bishop Eaton, Vice President Jerry Owen, and members of the Synod Assembly laying hands upon Bishop Kucharek, following her 2014 re-election.

As a synod

our churches join in walking together in faith and service to our Lord Jesus Christ. As people of God, we join together in mission and loving service to others, committed to proclaiming the love of Christ to everyone.

Out in the world

we are helping neighbors and friends, seeking justice, celebrating diversity, feeding the hungry, defending the poor, sheltering the homeless, and advocating for peace.

We rejoice

that God has richly blessed us, and seek to be a blessing to others in our mission and outreach. Jesus Christ is the focus of who we are and what we do as Christians. May our identity and service be a reflection of God’s grace shown to us!

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A Lenten Message from Bishop Kucharek

The season of Lent is observed in the church for 40 days (excluding Sundays) beginning with Ash Wednesday and lasting until Easter Sunday. It is a time for spiritual reflection, fasting, and focus on the ministry, witness, life, and sacrifice of Christ, and is...

Epiphany Greetings from the Bishop

On January 6, Lutherans celebrate Epiphany, the day the Magi came to worship the Christ-Child. The word Epiphany means manifestation.  It is the 12th day of Christmas and begins a season of the church calendar that lasts until Lent. The Magi were wise and learned...

Christmas Greetings from Bishop Kucharek

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined (Isaiah 9:2). The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:5). Christmas is not a holly-jolly time for...

Transforming through Ministry

Our Synod is spread from the East Coast out west as far as the Chicago area. We are a special expression of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.

Rooted in Mission

We are defined by our focus on our missions and ministries in this church of Christ, and in that, we find our reach around the globe is not limited by geography or borders.

Investing in Stewardship

Stewardship is a spiritual matter, not a financial one. In order to live up to our identity as good Christians, we must live generously. This is paramount to being a witness of God’s love to all people.

Renewing in Wellness

Many of us don’t dare to breathe the word ‘vacation’ around others. But remember that in order to be good leaders in this church, we must be healthy leaders as well. Self Care is integral to our identity here.

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