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Welcome to the Mitten Synod!

NWLM Logo copyWe are the North/West Lower Michigan Synod. As one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we work to support the 117 congregations and 220 pastors across our geographic region.

Whether you are exploring the Christian faith, the Lutheran tradition, or what it means to become part of a faith community–or you are a leader looking for information or help, we seek to partner with and serve you.




Recent News:


Lay Ministry Program Receives Vital Worship Grant

The Lay Ministry Foundational Training Program has received a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, MI. The grant will fund a year-long project in which the Lay Ministry Foundational Training Program will provide quality, ecumenical, affordable online educational courses for a cohort of qualified students seeking to lead small congregations in meaningful worship […]

Synod Assembly Pentecost Prayers

Download the prayers that we will pray at the opening worship at Synod Assembly. We thank Rhianna Goodrich for preparing them. You are welcome to use these prayers in your congregation’s Pentecost worship as a way of joining the North/West Lower Michigan Synod together in prayer.

Collection for Flint Water Crisis

In addition to the Synod Assembly offerings for ELCA World Hunger and the North/West Lower Michigan Synod Disaster Fund, throughout the Synod Assembly there will be a money collection for Salem Lutheran in Flint and the Flint Water Crisis.

Pre-Assembly Book now available!

The Pre-Assembly Book is now available! All rostered leaders and lay voting members are encouraged to read the report prior to Synod Assembly. You may find it convenient to download it to an electronic device or print it and bring it with you. Paper copies will not be available onsite. Synod Assembly Documents: 2016 Pre-Assembly Report […]

Register Now: You Matter Event!

Rostered leaders and their families are invited to a day for refreshment and renewal on June 21 at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Traverse City. This year’s You Matter Day offers the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful places in the nation–right here in our own synod! We’ll meet at the Visitor’s Center […]



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Online Giving Opportunity! A Bishop’s Fund has been established to help many ministries of the synod at the discretion of Bishop Craig A. Satterlee. Visit the Donate page for more information.

Synod Office Hold Music

One of our own retired pastors, Bob Garrels, is a wonderful musician and composer, and has provided several of his pieces that you will now hear if you are put on hold when calling the Synod Office. The composition currently being played is the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) from Garrel's worship service The Lord is in our Midst.