District News

Call Services

Friends in Christ,

God's Peace to you this day!  Soon we will learn if our seven requests for seminary candidates will be granted.  Call Services are Tuesday, April 24, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis and Wednesday, April 25, at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne.  Please note that both call services will be live streamed.  You may want to schedule a "watch party" or let your congregations know that they can view the services live:

  • Concordia Seminary, St. Louis April 24 at 7 pm (CDT): callday.csl.edu
  • Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne April 25 at 7 pm (EDT): callday.ctsfw.edu

May God bless you and your congregations, and may He hear our prayers concerning our desire for new seminary graduates to serve us!

Rev. Dr. Steven Turner, President

Pastors Golf Day

WHEN: Monday, May 21, 2018

WHERE: Ida Grove Country Club

TIME: 9 am FEE: $20 (two rounds of golf with cart and lunch)

PLAY: First round, scramble/best ball

CONTACT: Rev. Don Winterrowd (stpaulidagrove@gmail.com or 712-364-2918)

Deadline to register is May 18.

Joy In Ministry Banquet

Banquet at Carrollton Inn
1730 US Hwy 71 North, Carroll, Iowa

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Registration begins at 5:30 pm; Banquet at 6 pm


  • Scholarship Recipients and Families
  • Students Interested in Church Work
  • Prayer and Financial Partners
  • Professional Workers
  • Congregational Leaders
  • Friends and Guests
Poster | Online Registration

Ordination Anniversaries – 2018

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).