Welcome to the home of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin, where mission is about sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ everywhere!

Part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the East Central Synod of WI consists of 85,000 Lutherans in 126 congregations.

 Live Stream the 2016 Synod Assembly!


Congregational Wellness Grants

As the new year gets under way, we are happy to announce a Request for Proposals for one time grants supporting activity promoting the health and wellness of rostered leaders, lay leaders in the congregation, and/or congregations. This is an opportunity to consider the wellness areas making up the wellness wheel as well as the purpose and missional directions of this synod that were identified through a process of discernment with you last year.

This is a competitive grant process, and it is likely that not all proposals will be funded, or they may be funded at an amount other than what was requested. To find out more about the parameters of this initiative, you may click to access the formal Request for Proposals and the  Project Proposal Form.

East Central Synod of Wisconsin Synod Assembly – May 20-21, 2016

ECSW Synod Assembly 2016
We are church: Listening deeply to the voice of the other

We will experience listening to the voice of the other whether they be race, religion, economic, gender, or sexual orientation. Diversity on all levels will be experienced through devotion, prayer, speakers, breakouts, and ministry moments in the form of “Stories Speak”.

Visit the Assembly 2016 page for Registration & Information

500 Years of Evangelical Reformation 1517-2017

When Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-five Theses” on the church door in Wittenberg in 1517, no one expected the breadth of evangelical reforms in Christian teaching and practice that followed. In every dimension of Christian faith a renewed trust in God’s forgiving mercy replaced a reliance on teachings and practices that, like the sale of indulgences, were vulnerable to abuse and corruption.

Preaching a few years later, Luther said, “I opposed indulgences … but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. I did nothing; the Word did everything.” When he began to propose reforms in worship, he wrote similar words. “This is the sum of the matter: let everything be done so that the Word may have free course.”

Nearly 500 years later, the results of this evangelical confidence in God’s forgiving and liberating Word are evident today in Christian communities of all types. In the years leading to 2017 ELCA members, congregations and synods will observe the anniversary of this evangelical reformation in a variety of ways with numerous partners.

Check out the Luther Reading Challenge. For more resources go the ELCA Reformation site at www.ELCA500.org.


Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA was overwhelmingly approved in August 2013 by the voting members of the ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The five-year fundraising effort, the ELCA’s first comprehensive campaign, formally launched on February 1, 2014, and will end January 31, 2019.

The campaign seeks to raise $198 million in support of new and expanded churchwide ministries above and beyond those supported by your regular weekly offerings. This goal represents a 64 percent increase in designated funding for the ELCA’s existing and new ministry initiatives.

Through several major goals and priorities, the campaign seeks to:

  • Renew and begin new congregations
  • End poverty and hunger, and overcome malaria
  • Identify, train and support new leaders and engage young people in the life of this church
  • Expand the ELCA’s disability ministries
  • Grow this church’s capacity to serve globally, support ELCA missionaries and women leaders among global companion churches

To learn more http://www.elca.org/Campaign-for-the-ELCA/About