District News

Concordia Plans Workshop

Learn what the comprehensive CHP can provide. With the CHP, you have a variety of coverage options to choose from. A member of the CPS Team would love the opportunity to tell you more about the options and benefits available to you.

Dates: July 16 at 10:30am or July 25 at 3:30 pm (All sessions are about 1 hour plus Q&A) 
Location: Free Online Meeting
Register today!

Administrative Assistants Conference

Date: September 17, 2024
Keynote speaker: Lena Scullard
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, Adel, Iowa
Earlybird Registration: $35 before September 1, and $45 after
Register today!

Fall Pastors Conference

Date: September 23-24, 2024
Location: Redeemer Lutheran Church, Sioux City, IA
Presenter: Rev. Charles Gieschen
TopicPaul's Pastoral Theology to the Thessalonians for Living in the End Times."
Cost: one congregregational fee of $50 paid by each parish
Housing: Reserved directly by the participant. To ensure a spot reserve at Stoney creek Hotel by Aug 22
Meals: All on your own
Contact: Pastor Ryan Roehrig with any additional questions

Register here https://forms.gle/yEH9Kf2uKZ1DkD5T8.

Heartland LCMS Singles Retreat

Join us for a weekend of indoor and outdoor rectration, Bible Studies, fellowship, and to meet other Lutheran singles from the Midwest states. Open to ages 21-41.
Date: July 19-21, 2024
Location: Camp Io-Dis-E-Ca, near Iowa City
Cost: $100 per person for two nights of lodging and four meals
Register here

IDW Pastors’ Wives Retreat

This retreat is a time for Iowa District West LC-MS pastors' wives to join together for fellowship, a time of prayer and reflection on how God has placed us in our vocation as pastor's wife (among other various vocations). We look forward to hearing from our keynote speaker, Heidi Goehmann, a fellow LCMS pastor's wife and mental health professional, on mental health and our life in relation to others in this unique vocation.

ThemeLife in Relationship: Building Grace, Safety, and Well-being in Relationship
Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:17-19
Date: October 11-13, 2024
Location: Camp Okoboji, 1531 Edgewood Drive Milford, IA 51351 (Bethel Retreat Center)
Cost$85 Per Person (Checks can be mailed to: Sue Light, Iowa District West, 409 Kenyon Rd., Suite B, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501)
KeynoteHeidi Goehmann
Schedule: View file below.
Registration closes on September 11, 2024.

Greenfield Tornado 2024

As you may be aware, Greenfield, Iowa has recently been devastated by a powerful tornado that caused significant damage to homes, infrastructure, and lives. Families have lost their homes, cherished belongings, and, tragically, some have lost loved ones.  We have heard of others in Western Iowa who have also been impacted by these storms.

In times like these, our faith community has an opportunity to come together and make a difference. We are reaching out to you today to request your support for our disaster relief efforts. Your generous donation will directly impact the lives of those affected by this natural disaster.

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Creating a Strategic Direction and Governance Practices for Your School

Topic: Discover how to navigate the evolving landscape of Christian education as a board member or educator. Drawing from his acclaimed book, 'The CEO and the Board: The Art of Nonprofit Governance as a Competitive Advantage,' Dr. Senske will guide you through creating a compelling vision for your school. Learn to align strategic vision with operational and academic plans for measurable success. Don't miss this opportunity to tailor your board’s own unique governance model so that it adds real, measurable value to their mission.

Date and Time:
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2024 | 9am - 2:30pm

Cost: $100 per school and $20 per person to cover lunch

Location: Shepherd of the Valley, 3900 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Register by July 15, 2024 

Early Childhood Conference

Date: August 2, 2024
Location: Gloria Dei Urbandale
Keynote: Dr. Drew Gerdes
Cost: $50 per person (includes lunch)
Register by July 12, 2024

Support the Ukrainian Lutheran Church

In light of recent events in Ukraine, we are partnering with Mission Central to raise funds for the Ukrainian Lutheran Church. These funds will go towards food, supplies, clothing, and other personal items for these refugees. Please consider supporting these individuals by sharing this information with your congregation and/or contributing financially.

Please see the attachment for full details.

Ordination Anniversaries 2024

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

Student Financial Aid

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).