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.

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Upcoming Events

  1. 2017 National Convention

    July 6 @ 12:00 pm - July 8 @ 3:00 pm
  2. Thanksgiving Youth Retreat

    October 6 @ 5:00 pm - October 9 @ 3:00 pm
  3. Lecture Presentation by Dr. Dirk Lange

    November 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
  4. Lecture Presentation by Dr. Timothy Wengert

    November 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

June 25th, 8:13 am

This day in Lutheran history, The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession... ... See MoreSee Less

June 23rd, 10:27 am

Plan to join in the National Reformation Commemoration Worship service on Friday, July 7, at 7pm at St. Gianna Beretta Molla Roman Catholic Church - everyone welcome!! ... See MoreSee Less

June 21st, 9:51 am

Happy National Aboriginal Day!
-In Winnipeg, we acknowledge that we are in Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
-In Brandon, we acknowledge that we are in Treaty 2 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Assiniboine, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. The First Nations communities of Treaty 2 are: Dauphin River, Ebb & Flow, Keeseekoowenin, Lake St. Martin, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi, Pinaymootang and Skownan.
-In The Pas, we acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Mushkegowuk, Inninnowuk, Dene, Saulteax, Oji-Cree, Anishinabe and Metis.
-In Thunder Bay, we acknowledge that we are in Robinson-Superior Treaty territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg and the Métis. #NationalAboriginalDay
(image from Downtown Winnipeg BIZ's Aboriginal Peoples' Advisory Committee)
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June 20th, 12:00 pm

Hosted by First Lutheran Church, our final session in the Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue series ... See MoreSee Less

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