District News


Administrative Assistants Conference

The Administrative Assistants Conference Committee is excited to share with you another educational, encouraging, and enjoyable conference. Our keynote presenter is Brenda Clark Hamilton who will add some joy and inspiration to the day. To learn more about this awesome presenter, go to www.BrendaClarkHamilton.com.

Please 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.

The conference committee has a block of rooms reserved at Sleep Inn (located off highway 169 & Kenyon Road). Call the hotel at 515.302.8508 and ask for the Iowa District West conference rate of $89 (plus tax); includes complimentary wireless internet, warm breakfast, and more. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by August 20.

Feel free to share the information with others in your community and surrounding areas. We look forward to seeing you in September!


Cancelled - Ministry Safety & Security Seminar

Are you prepared to protect the people in your ministry?

As public gathering places, churches are susceptible to a variety of safety and security situations.
This one-day course can show you how to recognize threats, build a safety and security team, deal with difficult
people and situations, and protect your people from harm.

You will learn:
• How to best utilize volunteer church safety and security teams
• How to respond to an active shooter
• How to help protect children from predators in the ministry setting
• How to raise the bar in your volunteer screening process

Deadline to register is October 14th (space is limited)
Register here - Cancelled

Saint Paul Lutheran Church
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Thursday, October 28, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*Doors open at 8:15 am


Ordination Anniversaries – 2021

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