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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.




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Save the Date! Preaching Stewardship

Want to be more bold in preaching about stewardship? Looking for new ways to enhance conversation about mission support? Want to share in conversation with colleagues about how to grow stewards? This is for you! Two overnight trainings gleaning the best of Bishop Satterlee’s D. Min. teaching about preaching stewardship. The program will consist of […]

Clergy Systems and Leadership Work Sessions

Synod Bridgebuilders Resource Team is offering Clergy Systems and Leadership Work Sessions at scheduled Bridgebuilders meetings. Pastoral leaders interested in presenting challenging or effective ministry situations as a gleaning and learning experience are invited to meet with the experienced synod team in a confidential and collegial context. Two sessions are available at 1:00 p.m. and […]

2017 Luther Trip to Germany and Italy

Reformation 500: A Pilgrimage of Remembering 12 Days Lutherland and Italy May 1-12, 2017 Hosted by Sister Nancy Brousseau, OP and The Rev. Craig A. Satterlee, Bishop, Ph.D. Visiting Berlin, Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, Eisenach, Munich, Venice, Florence, Rome, and the Vatican City with a Papal Audience. View the Flyer Download the Registration Form

ELMM Announces Fall 2016 Retreat Dates

In response to questions regarding the Lay Ministry Foundational Training Program and its connection to, or effect on, Equipping Leaders for Mission and Ministry, ELMM program administer Rebecca Bossenbroek invites you to read this response. ELMM is also excited to announce the Fall 2016 retreats on September 23-24 and October 28-29. Learn More.

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 […]



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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.