District News

Learn about the 2019 Concordia Health Plan Options

June 27 from 9 - 11 am
First English Lutheran Church
1311 E 18th St.
Spencer, IA

June 27 from 3 - 5 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
2228 W Lincoln Way
Ames, IA

Concordia Plan Services wants members to be able to focus on what matters most to them — ministry, family, well-being. The CHP is able to help them do just that!

You can offer your workers the peace of mind that the all-inclusive CHP can provide. With the CHP, you have a variety of coverage options to choose from, and the CPS Employer Resources Team would like the opportunity to tell you more about the options and the benefits that are included.

Questions? Contact Roger Curtis at 515-576-7666 or email  Roger@IowaDistrictWest.org

Veterans and Military Family Retreat


This retreat is being offered at a very reasonable cost for all Veterans and those who are Active Duty Military and the members of their household. Chaplain Mike Moreno will be our Bible Study leader and will be available to meet with campers during the weekend. There will be activities for children and youth if necessary.

There will be a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 28 around the flagpole by the Refuge Chapel. There will be planned activities as well as lots of free time for recreation and relaxation!

Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25. Dinner on Friday is on your own. The first meal will be breakfast on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. in the Ginny DeWall Dining Hall.

For more information and to register go to www.campokoboji.org

Housing will be in Joppa Hall, Shiloh, and Weber.

Cost is $50 per adult, FREE for children 17 and under.

Contact Camp Okoboji at 712-337-3325 or camp@campokoboji.org for more information.

Structured for Mission

When: Saturday, July 21 (8:30 am - 5 pm)

Where: District Office, Fort Dodge

A “Systems Evaluation” for maximum mission impact.

Bring a team of leaders to learn, apply, plan for mission.

Click here to register.

Pastors Golf Day

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 2018

WHERE: Ida Grove Country Club

TIME: 9 am FEE: $20 (two rounds of golf with cart and lunch)

PLAY: First round, scramble/best ball

CONTACT: Rev. Don Winterrowd (stpaulidagrove@gmail.com or 712-364-2918)

Deadline to register is May 18.

Joy In Ministry Banquet

Banquet at Carrollton Inn
1730 US Hwy 71 North, Carroll, Iowa

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Registration begins at 5:30 pm; Banquet at 6 pm


  • Scholarship Recipients and Families
  • Students Interested in Church Work
  • Prayer and Financial Partners
  • Professional Workers
  • Congregational Leaders
  • Friends and Guests
Poster | Online Registration

Ordination Anniversaries – 2018

We share with the leadership of our congregations the names and ordination dates of Iowa District West pastors who will celebrate “special” ordination anniversaries during 2017. 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).