District News


Structured For Mission

A “Systems Evaluation” for maximum mission impact. Bring a team of leaders to learn, apply, plan for mission.

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Disaster Relief Updates - Houston

Update #1 | Update #2 | Update #3 | Update #4 | Update #5

Adopt a Family
Thank you for your interest in learning of ways to help families in Houston.

Following are individual families that you can adopt and help them to get 'back on their feet'.   If your congregation or members of your congregation are interested in sponsoring a family listed, contact me at 515-370-1159. Also, two or three churches can go together to sponsor a family.

This list will be added to as I receive more names and subtracted from as the families are sponsored.  Keep checking back for additional updates.

The names and contact information are not listed to protect their privacy.

Family #2Family #3 | Family #5

God bless you for caring about others,
Ellie Menz - IDW Disaster Response Coordinator.


Church & Clergy Finance/Treasurer Workshop

Why Attend?

Practical help. This workshop provides simple, straightforward help relating to clergy tax and church treasurer issues.

Bottom line: You get the tools you need to put an end to costly mistakes!

Guest speakers: In November, CPA Karen Sansone will be the speaker. She is the LCMS Tax & Compliance Director and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Robert Joy will be the presenter in January. He is a CPA specializing in clergy taxes and has many years of experience handling finances in the church.

What is the Cost?

FREE (for the first time ever)! Thanks to our ministry partnership agreement, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company & American Church Group are sponsoring the workshops. A light lunch is provided by Lutheran Church Extension Fund and Carole White.

How Do I Register?

Complete the registration form or go online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/treasurer_workshop. Please register at least five days prior to the workshop.


Ordination Anniversaries – 2017

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).