District News


Best Practices of Social Media Workshop

When: Tuesday February 8, 2022 at 6:30 PM
What: Explore different types of social media & discuss what is best for your congregation.
Where: Zoom
Who: IDW Communications Committee
Register for this free workshop here!

VBS Best Practices in March

Attend one of these workshops and hear from lay people and church workers who have been involved with planning VBS. Learn best practices and share ideas to have an impactful VBS in your community.
Register here.

When: Saturday, March 5, 2022
Where: St. Paul, 2326 Story Avenue, Battle Creek (country church)
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm (includes lunch)
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When: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Where: Christ the King, 500 4th Avenue SW, Spencer
Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm (includes lunch)


Pre-Retirement Workshop

Iowa District West and Concordia Plans are offering you the opportunity to learn more about planning for your future through a Pre-Retirement Workshop. 
When: Saturday April 30, 2022 | 9 am - 3pm
Where: IDW Office, 409 Kenyon Road, Fort Dodge, IA
Cost: Free, thanks to the generosity of LCEF
Register By: April 8 so that we can plan for materials and food.

Ordination Anniversaries – 2022

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).