District News


Pastors Conference

The next Iowa District West Pastors Conference will be held at Starlite Village Best Western Hotel, 1518 3rd Avenue NW, Fort Dodge on May 6-7, 2019.  Our conference presenter will be the Rev. Dr. Matthew Rueger on the topic, “Sexual Morality in A Christless World.”

Online Registration | Email/Mailable Registration Form


FREE Road Trip to Concordia University, Seward

High school students, parents, and pastors are invited to a college visit on Friday, April 5, 2019. You will not be asked to make a commitment. This is just a visit. Check it out. See what Concordia has to offer.

We will be going to Seward the evening of Thursday, April 4. We plan to leave after school on Thursday and we will be staying at Cobblestone Inn at Seward.

The Friday schedule includes: campus and dorm tour, chapel, meet and greet professors and coaches, lunch, attend a student panel and before heading back to Iowa, we will have pizza and meet with current Iowa District West students!

There is NO COST for transportation, main meals (bring own snacks) or lodging. (Compliments of Iowa District West) Carpooling will be arranged.

Please share this invitation with all high school students. To register for the college visit, contact Ellie Menz by phone at 515-370-1159 or email ellie@iowadistrictwest.org.

Please register by March 26, 2019

Participating adults include:
Pastor Tom Schlund, Algona
Rhonda Mohr, Fort Dodge
Ellie Menz, Jefferson


Culture-Specific/Multi-Cultural Church Planting and Ministry

When: March 26, 2019

Time: 8:30 a.m. registration - 3:00 p.m. sending

Location: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St., La Vista, NE

Cost: $15.00/person (lunch and breaks provided)

*Registration covered by IDW for all participants from IDW congregations.*

Online Registration (due March 15): www.ndlcms.org/missions-workshop/

Nichole Hetz, NE District - nicholeh@ndlcms.org or 952-913-2973 (text or call)


Ordination Anniversaries – 2019

We share with the leadership of our congregations the names and ordination dates of Iowa District West pastors who will celebrate “special” ordination anniversaries in 2019. Congregations are encouraged to observe these ministry milestones with an appropriate celebration.

If we have erred or failed to include someone who is observing an anniversary this year, please contact Jill Davis at the District office.

We rejoice and give thanks to God with these gifts to His Church.


IDW Planned Program Bible Studies

The Human Care Committee shares the following Bible studies to help carry out resolution 2-04 from the 2015 district convention: Resolved, that the congregations, schools and other ministries of Iowa District West be encouraged to incorporate at least one intentional act of Christian mercy into their annual ministry plans with the goal of serving especially the citizens and institutions of their local community.  May it make your congregation aware of the opportunities in your local community to share God’s mercy.

Leader Guides | Participant Guides


Transitioning Leadership

Preparing Congregational Leadership for Ministry with Christ.


Ministry Excellence Fund - Education Debt Assistance

The purpose of this Fund is to provide assistance to rostered pastors and professional church workers in Iowa District West in addressing financial issues which undermine the effectiveness of their ministries

Scholarship Announcement

The Student Financial Aid Committee is pleased to announce that scholarships in the amount up to $5,000 are available for any student from a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Iowa District West who is currently a full-time student at one of the synodical universities. This scholarship is for non-church work students (provided by the District’s Kouhns Endowment).