About Us

Our Mission Statement:

Empowered by God ~ Shepherding the church ~ Serving the world!

Guiding Principles:

As we make decisions and plan ministry in the synod we will strive to:

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Discern God’s will through scripture and prayer

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Seek the common good

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Build community

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Shape and grow disciples

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Foster partnerships

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Share the gospel

Organization Structure and Governance

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) was formed in 1986 through the merger of the former Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada (ELCC) and Lutheran Church in America-Canada Section (LCA-CS). The ELCIC has 128,133 baptized members in 550 congregations across Canada.

Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario (MNO) Synod is one of five Synods of the ELCIC. The Synod covers 60 congregations in Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario (as far east as Thunder Bay) and has a baptized membership of 17,000

The decision making body of the MNO Synod is the biennial convention. The voting delegates to convention are MNO Synod Rostered Ministers, elected members of congregations, lay members on MNO Synod Council and 14 youth delegates (2 elected by each of the 7 conferences). The Convention elects 14 Synod Council members (with 4 year terms) to do visioning and the business of the synod between conventions. Within the Synod Council is the Synod Executive, consisting of the Bishop, Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The remaining council members are made up of one lay person from each of the seven conferences and three members-at-large who are rostered ministers. Synod Council meets 2 to 3 times per year, and the Synod Executive meets approximately once per month.

Within the MNO Synod are 7 conferences, representing the different areas that the Synod covers. Each Conference elects a Dean from the list of rostered ministers in the conference. The 7 Deans meet with the Synodical Bishop once or twice per year.

Synod Council oversees 4 committees, each with their own mandate. The 4 committees are as follows:

  • Church in Society
  • Mission
  • Candidacy
  • Youth

Committee members are made up of a least one rostered minister and congregational members, who are appointed by the Synod Council for four-year terms. The Committees model their ministry around the missional directions set by Synod Council and report to Synod Council annually. Synod council reports to the Synod Conventions on the activities of the Committees.

Recent Newsletters

May 19th, 3:00 pm

Synod visits to church councils in Kenora (Bethesda Lutheran) and Steinbach (St. Paul's Lutheran Church - also undergoing a major renovation)! ... See MoreSee Less

May 17th, 11:06 am

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada National Convention takes place in Winnipeg in early-July! Volunteers are still needed to help host this big event - can you help?
See info in this image, and online: elcic.ca/in-convention/2017-Winnipeg/Volunteers.cfm #myELCIC
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May 17th, 9:15 am

Together in Christ - Lutherans and Catholics Commemorating the Reformation
Session 4 is on Tuesday, May 23 "Growth in Communion Through Dialogue"
7:00pm at St Vital Roman Catholic Church (1629 Pembina Hwy)
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May 16th, 9:54 am

Pictures from The Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Namibia! ... See MoreSee Less

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