God's Work. Our Hands. Ministry in the Western Iowa Synod, ELCA
The Western Iowa synod, in partnership with the churchwide organization, bears primary responsibility for the oversight of the life and mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in the western one-third of Iowa. The Western Iowa Synod is one of 65 synods in nine geographic regions of this church, with over 55,000 baptized members. There are currently 134 congregations and 1 Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community in the synod.
Conferences The congregations of the Synod are currently grouped into six Conferences. Conferences are responsible for developing and sharing programs with and for the congregations. They are also about the work of encouraging a spirit of mutuality in ministry among the congregations and between the congregations and the synod.
To this end, each Conference meets and selects conference leaders. The conference also nominates leaders to serve on Synod Council, boards and synod committees.
Constitutions The three expressions of the ELCA are established by, rooted in, and lived out of their constitutions.