District News

Administrative Assistants Conference

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

8 am - 3:30 pm

8301 Aurora Ave, Urbandale, Iowa

Today’s world presents many challenges and unexpected changes. We don’t always have control over the events in our lives, but we do have control over our responses to them. Shannon Zetterlund will provide ideas for coping with any type of situation by finding the humor within ourselves. Discover how to shape a positive world by using good humor as a communication tool. This presentation will lighten the heart, tickle the funny bone, and encourage everyone to become a success by giving positive steps to having an attitude that will help you soar in any situation! Most of all Shannon will encourage you to go for the gusto … reach for the stars … setting no limits on what you can achieve. She will have you believing in yourself, ready to live your life and truly love what you are doing. You will leave with a zest for life that is contagious!

Dalend Mackey is a singer and songwriter of Christian music and also plays the guitar. We are thrilled to have Dalend guide us through our day of learning and fellowship.

ALL ARE INVITED! This is an excellent opportunity for all church office personnel (volunteer or paid), school secretaries, and office managers to rejuvenate enthusiasm for church work.

Preschool & Early Childhood Conference

Sectional topics will focus on literacy, communication, behaviors, early education, movement, and more! Application for 5 professional in-service hours has been submitted.

Experience Jesus…
  • Through partnerships between educators, aides, boards, pastors
  • Through professional presenters
  • Through resources for early childhood education
  • Through those who love and support children

…because each child is created and redeemed by God!

Brochure | Keynote & Sectional Topics

LERT Training

811 Oak Street
9 AM - 12 PM

Registration begins at 8 AM
Light breakfast and lunch served

Click here to register.

Learn to prepare for a natural disaster or to help others and yourself in times of need.  Pastors who need to have certification to be on site are also encouraged to attend.  We need you!

Iowa District West has an immediate need for LERT-certified volunteers to respond after natural disasters and it times of need by giving spiritual comfort and emotional support while providing food, water, clean up, debris removal and helping with basic repairs.  This is an opportunity to exercise your Christian faith and use your God-given gifts and talents to help others in need.

It’s easy to become a trained Lutheran Early Response Team volunteer!

Take this opportunity to join members throughout IDW in this unique Christ-centered mission.  Attend the disaster orientation training event to become FEMA certified through LCMS World Relief and Human Care. 

FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP WORKSHOPS with Ron Chewning of Stewardship Advisors, Inc.

Monday, August 20 | (5:30 - 8:00 pm)
Zion Lutheran Church | 811 Oak St., Atlantic, 50022

Tuesday, August 21 | (5:30 - 8:00 pm)
Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church | 1701 W Jester Park Dr., Polk City, 50226


Learn about the 2019 Concordia Health Plan Options

June 27 from 9 - 11 am
First English Lutheran Church
1311 E 18th St.
Spencer, IA

June 27 from 3 - 5 pm
Memorial Lutheran Church
2228 W Lincoln Way
Ames, IA

Concordia Plan Services wants members to be able to focus on what matters most to them — ministry, family, well-being. The CHP is able to help them do just that!

You can offer your workers the peace of mind that the all-inclusive CHP can provide. With the CHP, you have a variety of coverage options to choose from, and the CPS Employer Resources Team would like the opportunity to tell you more about the options and the benefits that are included.

Questions? Contact Roger Curtis at 515-576-7666 or email  Roger@IowaDistrictWest.org

Structured for Mission

When: Saturday, July 21 (8:30 am - 5 pm)

Where: District Office, Fort Dodge

A “Systems Evaluation” for maximum mission impact.

Bring a team of leaders to learn, apply, plan for mission.

Click here to register.

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).