District News


Pastors Conference - Fall 2019

The next Iowa District West Pastors Conference will be held at Best Western Starlite Village, 1518 3rd Avenue NW, Fort Dodge on September 9-10, 2019. Our conference presenter will be Dr. Tom Egger on the topic, “Themes in Exodus.”

There is only one congregational fee of $40 for this Conference which is paid by each parish. For example, a congregation having three professional church workers attending would pay a flat $40 congregational charge, which includes the church workers’ meals. There is no fee for spouses of workers to attend the sessions or for pastors who are retired. Meal costs for spouses/children are extra and can be found on the registration form. Multi-point parishes, including those identified by the Synod (formerly permanent vacancies served by another congregation), will be treated as one parish for the $40 fee. Congregations are requested to provide for the expenses of the conference for the pastor and wife and the Emeriti pastor under contract and wife. We would like to thank IDW and acknowledge that the professional church worker fee for this conference is being financially offset through the District’s ministry partnership agreement with Brotherhood Mutual.

Housing arrangements are to be made directly with the motel/hotel by each participant. Participants will need to make those arrangements ASAP to ensure that a room is reserved for them. Conference lodging has been arranged at the Best Western Starlite Village, 1518 3rd Avenue NW, Fort Dodge. The direct number to the hotel is 515-573-7177. A block of rooms has been reserved for the conference. The per-night cost plus taxes, which includes a full hot breakfast is $55 for single queen, $61 single king, and $75 for a double queen. Please note that room rates are only guaranteed until August 10. Please call Best Western as soon as possible to make your arrangements. See the link on the agenda for a map from the church to the hotel. Childcare will not be provided at this conference.

Talk with your elders/leaders about attending this required IDW conference. The registration form will hopefully answer all questions about registration matters. As always, we can use your help in planning for food at St. Paul by filling out and emailing your registration information to dmartensfaith@yahoo.com by August 28. You may also call me at 515-386-3517.

Plan to have your picture taken while at the Pastors Conference. Lifetouch Photography will be at the Best Western tentatively from 1-5 pm on Monday, September 9 and from 8 am-noon on Tuesday, September 10. Only those photographed will receive a directory from Lifetouch.

We thank our congregations for their support and encouragement of the continued growth of our pastors and professional church workers.


You are invited to help in Pacific Junction!

Water has receded, houses are cleaned out and now it is time to rebuild.  Will you help?

Thanks to the financial donations to Iowa District West, we have been able to help families in the flooded area.

A group from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Spirit Lake, headed by Duane Tracy, will arrive late afternoon on Sunday, August 4.  They invite you to join them in helping to rebuild Pacific Junction.

Lodging and meals will be provided in Trinity Lutheran Church, Glenwood, or you can stay at a local motel at your expense.  Glenwood is five miles from Pacific Junction.

There will be something to do for everyone.

You may bring your own tools if you wish, but the Northwest and Boone Circuit LERT trailers will be onsite.  If you are interested in helping part, but not all of the week, that is fine.

If you are not able to join the group on August 4-9, please consider helping at a different time.  Construction is starting now.  Call Ellie Menz (515-370-1159) to set up a time that works in your schedule.

You do NOT need to be LERT trained to help.  All willing hands and feet over age 14 are welcome.

To register, contact Duane Tracy (712-231-0614 - dtracy1958@gmail.com) or Ellie Menz (515-370-1159 - ellie@iowadistrictwest.org)

More Than Giving Stewardship Conference at Camp Okoboji

When: August 16-17, 2019
Where: Camp Okoboji, Milford
Program Cost: $30 (includes the program fee and instructional materials)
Registration: At the www.doxology.us website or direct link: www.doxology.us/events/2019-more-than-giving-ia-insight.

Led by the Synod’s Stewardship Director Rev. Heath Curtis and Assistant Director Rev. Dr. Nathan Meador, this conference will equip pastors and laity to think biblically and “Lutheranly” about financial stewardship in its broader context.

Your team or a committee from your church will bring home:

  1. A fresh view of the undergirding theology of stewardship.
  2. A candid overview of the financial challenges facing most churches, large and small.
  3. A preview of quality resources available.
  4. Practical tools for stewardship flowing from the presence of Christ through His means of grace.
  5. The “More Than Giving” event concludes with a planning session preparing each congregational team to return home, having designed a year-round stewardship action plan and strategies tailored to its own unique setting.

Early Childhood Conference

Join us Friday, August 2 at the Iowa District West and East Early Childhood Conference to hear words of encouragement and to “build each other up.” We are excited to join together Iowa East and Iowa West for the Conference.

Where: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

When: Friday, August 2, 2019

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

Pre-Retirement Workshop

Iowa District West and Concordia Plan Services are offering you an opportunity to attend a pre-retirement workshop! This workshop is designed to help you plan for that very important transition in your life: RETIREMENT! We encourage you to attend and start learning what you’ll need to know about making plans for your future.

Friday, November 8 (7 – 9 PM)
Saturday, November 9 (9 AM – 3 PM)

St. Paul Lutheran Church
610 15th Street
Ames, IA 50010

LLL - Burgers for Booth!


Administrative Assistants Conference

The Iowa District West Administrative Assistants Conference Committee is excited to share with you another educational, encouraging, and enjoyable conference. Our mission presenters, the Rev. Dr. Brent Smith, and Gary Thies are looking forward to hosting this conference for the first time at Mission Central. If you have never been to the world famous Mission Central, this will be a terrific opportunity to see the Barn Museum and Creation Theater. Annetta Dellinger will add some humor and joy to the day and will have a topic on communication. To learn more about this awesome presenter, go to www.AnnettaDellinger.com.

I encourage you to register by September 1 to receive the discounted registration fee and to assist the committee with planning details. The early registration fee is $35. Make checks payable to Iowa District West and mail to First English Lutheran Church, Spencer.

Your congregation is encouraged to pay for your registration, mileage, and lodging (if necessary). Unfortunately, we have not secured a room block this year. Since there are no hotels in Mapleton, you are welcome to search out your own lodging in Denison, Ida Grove, or Onawa. The conference begins a bit later this year at 9 am to accommodate those traveling in the morning.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Enthusiastically,
Roger Curtis and the Conference Committee

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).