District News


Men's Breakfast Postponed

This event was originally scheduled for April 25th and has been postponed until November 7th.

Pastors Golf Day

When: May 11, 2020
Where: Ida Grove Country Club
Time: 9 am
Contact: Rev. Don Winterrowed at stpaulidagrove@gmail.com or 712-364-2918
Register by May 8

Ongoing Education by CTSFW

Refreshing the Confession of the Office of the Holy Ministry

June 16-18 in Le Mars, IA (Grace Lutheran Church)
Led by: Dr. Naomichi Masaki
The doctrine of the Office of the Holy Ministry is central to the pastor’s work, as it gives definition and certainty to his vocation. Challenges to this doctrine may weaken the pastor’s and congregation’s understanding of the pastoral ministry and undermine the Gospel itself. Such challenges are exacerbated when congregations and pastors find themselves in disagreement or conflict over parish practices and policies. This course offers a rejuvenation and deepening of the doctrine of the ministry in order to comfort the pastor and strengthen his service.


For more information & to register, visit their website.

Right to Life Issues

August 10-14 in Council Bluffs, IA (St. Paul's Lutheran Church)
Led by: Dr. Peter Scaer
This course will discuss basic issues of children and family. We will consider the work of Margaret Sanger and her campaign against marriage and for birth control. We will then show how Sanger's work turned into legalized abortion via the work of Lawrence Lader and Bernard Nathanson. Next, we will discuss how these issues have affected the Church...including our physical bodies and the Body of Christ.

For more information & register, visit their website.


Kapfer Symposium

Date: May 18 & 19, 2020 
Time: Monday 10 AM - 5 PM, Tues 9 AM - 12 PM
Location: Memorial Lutheran Church and Student Center, Ames, IA
Topic: "Letting The Word Come Alive": Choosing, Studying, & Presenting The Text
Speaker:  Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing
Event In Memory Of: Rev. Richard Kapfer

Register here or contact Pastor Ryan Roehrig of St Paul, Alta, at pastor.roehrig@gmail.com or 631-456-2875.


Ordination Anniversaries – 2020

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 2020. 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).