Seventeen pastors nominated for consideration as bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod

February 23rd, 2018

The Minneapolis Area Synod, gathered into 12 geographic conferences, named 17 rostered ministers for consideration as bishop at the 2018 Synod Assembly at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Ramsey, Minnesota, on May 4-5. The conference assemblies were held February 25 at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. More than 250 people participated […]

A Living Legacy: The Resurrection Fund of the Minneapolis Area Synod

February 6th, 2018

By Bishop Ann Svennungsen On March 10, 1957, the first worship service of the newly organizing congregation Lutheran Church of the Reformation (LCR) was held at St. Louis Park Theatre at 10 a.m. On October 27, 2013, the members of the church, with its building along Highway 100 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, voted to dissolve as a […]

A Dual Vocation

November 20th, 2017

By Bob Hulteen The Rev. Patrick Cabello Hansel, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, recently was awarded first prize in The Christian Century’s Reformation Poetry Contest, which was co-sponsored by Lutheran Arts, an organization that seeks to create inspiration on issues of faith. Cabello Hansel’s winning entry was titled “Cutting Away.” “The contest […]

Wading in the Water

November 4th, 2017

By Emily Campbell The EcoFaith Network (EFN) of the Minneapolis Area Synod was recognized as one of the “Watershed Heroes” by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) on Thursday, November 2. Through “Our Watershed Moment” campaign, the EcoFaith Network has worked to help congregations foster deeper connections to the land. For this work, EFN has […]

Instruments of Grace

September 26th, 2017

By Emily Campbell   The mission of the Lutheran Music Program is to transform lives and connect people through faith and music. And every summer, high school students gather to do just that. Through its Lutheran Summer Music (LSM) Academy and Festival, students from across the country come together to deepen their understanding of faith, worship, […]

Minneapolis Bishop travels to Nigerian companion synod

September 5th, 2017

By Emily Campbell September 5, 2017 — Bishop Ann Svennungsen has traveled to Nigeria to meet with Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus, of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), the Minneapolis Area Synod’s companion synod. The General Secretary of Mission Africa of Denmark, another partner judicatory of the LCCN, will also be part of […]


August 30th, 2017

My colleagues, In times of joy and in times of crisis, we need a strong community. The beautiful mystery is that in Christ, we are siblings, children of a loving God, and Christ unites us in ways we don’t even know. Sometimes God gives us a tangible way to live into that unity. Bishop Ann […]

Two Lutheran Volunteer Corps participants to join Minneapolis Area Synod staff for one year

August 7th, 2017

By Bob Hulteen August 8, 2017 — Bishop Ann Svennungsen is pleased to announce that the Minneapolis Area Synod will have two Lutheran Volunteer Corps participants joining the synod staff on August 14. The Lutheran Volunteer Corps places full-time volunteers in service or advocacy positions with nonprofit organizations in 14 cities around the United States. […]

Making a Statement

May 2nd, 2017

Relevant Magazine’s website launched a firestorm last week by reporting on a Sarah Bessey Twitter conversation about misogyny in the church using the hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Bessey is the author of Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women, an examination of biblical teaching and church practices regarding women and leadership. Women across […]

Renew the Face of the Earth … With 500 Trees

March 15th, 2017

The people of the Minneapolis Area Synod’s 147 congregations are going to don their coveralls and plant a bunch of trees this spring. Five hundred of them, to be exact, as trees will be distributed at the May 5-6, 2017, synod assembly as a featured way to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Why […]