Conferences for Cooperative Ministry

 

Congregations of the Northeastern Iowa Synod work interdependently in geographical areas to form the nine Conferences for Cooperative Ministry. By sharing gifts and talents and tapping available resources, congregations can creatively assist each other in their ministries.
Shared ministries of stewardship, evangelism, youth, education, and social ministry are initiated with gifts and resources available within the congregations, synod, churchwide ministries, and agencies and institutions of the church.

Constitutional Guidelines for Conferences
CONSTITUTIONAL GUIDELINES FOR CONFERENCES FOR COOPERATIVE MINISTRY

S12.01.01. The primary purpose of the Conferences for Cooperative Ministry is to resource congregations in the standard congregational ministry areas of worship, education, evangelism, social ministry, stewardship, youth, etc. By sharing their gifts and talents with one another, and by calling upon available resources such as synod staff, regional staff, and others, congregations within the Conference for Cooperative Ministry will be free to seek assistance in whatever areas they feel are necessary and appropriate. The primary function of the Conferences for Cooperative Ministry is creative and not administrative. Therefore, the Conferences for Cooperative Ministry shall not be used as administrators of Synod Council or synod board decisions and programs.

S12.01.03. Each Conference for Cooperative Ministry shall hold an assembly at least once each fiscal year, prior to March 1st. The conference assembly shall have as its members all pastors serving under call in that Conference for Cooperative Ministry plus a number of lay delegates from each congregation in the Conference for Cooperative Ministry equal to twice the number of voting delegates permitted that congregation at the Synod Assembly, consistent with this synod rules for representation (S6.04.). Each Conference for Cooperative Ministry may organize itself as it sees fit. However, each conference assembly shall designate one person from among its members to serve as its official correspondent for the year. The name and address of the correspondent shall be reported to the secretary of this synod each year, not later than the first session of the meeting of the Synod Assembly. The correspondent shall arrange for the annual assembly of the Conference for Cooperative Ministry, and may call special assemblies. The correspondent shall call a special assembly of the Conference for Cooperative Ministry at the request of the Synod Council, or at the request of at least three congregations within the Conference for Cooperative Ministry.

S12.01.04. Funding for Conferences for Cooperative Ministry may be provided by (1) a line item in the synod budget and/or (2) by Conferences for Cooperative Ministry directly, as needed for fulfilling their purposes and activities. In the matters of programming, resourcing and congregational funding Conferences for Cooperative Ministry are accountable to the congregations. In matters of synodical funding the Conferences for Cooperative Ministry are accountable to the Synod Assembly and the Synod Council between synod assemblies (c.f. †S10.02.).

 


Conference Deans

The Dean of the Rostered Persons in each Conference for Cooperative Ministry shall be the liaison between conference-rostered persons and the Office of the Bishop. The Dean shall be supportive of the ministry of the synod and the ELCA and have a clear commitment to collegial relations among rostered persons.

Dean Job Description


Conference Chaplains

The Chaplain of a Conference for Cooperative Ministry, in consultation with the Bishop’s Office, shall be entrusted with fostering pastoral care among the rostered persons of the Conference and rostered persons’ families. The Chaplain shall have a clear concern for spiritual care and be considered trustworthy and wise in pastoral matters.

Chaplain Job Description
Chaplain’s Report Form


Conference Correspondents

Each conference assembly shall designate one person from among its members to serve as its official correspondent for the year. The name and address of the correspondent shall be reported to the secretary of this synod each year, not later than the first session of the meeting of the Synod Assembly.

The correspondent shall arrange for the annual assembly of the Conference for Cooperative Ministry, and may call special assemblies. The correspondent shall call a special assembly of the Conference for Cooperative Ministry at the request of the Synod Council, or at the request of at least three congregations within the Conference for Cooperative Ministry.

Conferences

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Jubilee Conference
Dean: Rev. Gary Heidt-Johnson, Zion, Waterloo

Chaplain: Rev. Beth Olson, St. Timothy, Hudson

Correspondent: Rev. Dennis Hanson, Nazareth, Cedar Falls

Congregations/Institutions:
Bethlehem, Cedar Falls
Nazareth Evangelical, Cedar Falls
St. John American, Cedar Falls
St. Paul, Cedar Falls
UNI Lutheran Campus Ministry, Cedar Falls
Zion Evangelical, Dysart
St. Timothy, Hudson
Immanuel, Independence
American, Jesup
American, LaPorte City
Zion (Jubilee), LaPorte City
Redeemer, Washburn
Good Shepherd, Waterloo
Our Savior’s, Waterloo
St. Ansgar, Waterloo
Trinity American, Waterloo
Zion Evangelical, Waterloo

Living Waters Conference
Dean: Rev. William J. Peters, One in Christ Parish, Lake Mills

Chaplain: Rev. John W. Gannett, Mason City

Correspondent: Rev. Judith R. Converse, First, Northwood

Conference Assembly: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 4-6 p.m., Deer Creek Lutheran, Carpenter, Iowa (Snow Date: Feb. 28)

Congregations/ Institutions:
Deer Creek, Carpenter
St. John, Charles City
Galilean, Clear Lake
Faith (Miller), Garner
Grace, Hanlontown
Bethany, Joice
Bethany, Kensett
Elk Creek, Kensett
Salem, Lake Mills
Winnebago, Lake Mills
Our Savior, Leland
Bethlehem, Manly
Good Shepherd Inc., Mason City
Our Saviour’s, Mason City
St. James, Mason City
St. Paul, Mason City
Trinity, Mason City
Faith, Mitchell
St. Luke, Nora Springs
First, Northwood
Lutheran Retirement Home, Northwood
Silver Lake, Northwood
Fatih Lutheran Home, Osage
Our Savior, Osage
Rock Creek, Osage
St. John (Rock Township), Osage
Immanuel, Scarville
Good Samaritan Center, St. Ansgar
St. Peter, Toeterville

Riverside Conference
Dean: Rev. Timothy J. Maybee, Bethany, Iowa Falls

Chaplain: Dawn Pederson, Trinity, Belmond

Correspondent: Paul Wierson, Story City

Conference Assembly: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 2 p.m., Dows

Congregations/ Institutions:
St. Olaf, Belmond
Trinity, Belmond
First, Clarion
Nazareth, Coulter
First, Dows
St. John’s, Hampton
St. Paul, Hampton
Bethany, Iowa Falls
Bethesda, Jewell
Our Savior, Radcliffe
Zion, Radcliffe
Bergen, Roland
Our Savior, Stanhope
Bethany Manor, Story City
Riverside Bible Camp, Story City
St. Petri, Story City

Shechem Conference
Acting Dean: Rev. Adam Starrett, Zion, West Union

Chaplain: Rev. Virginia A. Olson, St. Peter, Eldorado

Correspondent: Daniel Kime, Waucoma

Congregations/ Institutions:
East Clermont, Clermont
West Clermont, Clermont
St. Peter, Eldorado
Elgin, Elgin
Highland, Elkader
Trinity, Hawkeye
Stavanger, Ossian
St. Peter (Richfield), Sumner
St. John (Stapleton), Waucoma
Zion, West Union

Shepherd of the Hills Conference
Dean: Rev. Erika Kielstrup, St, Paul, Monona

Chaplain: Rev. Margaret Yackel-Juleen, St. John Evangelical, Arlington

Correspondent: Heather Crogan, St. Olaf

Conference Assembly: Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, 2-4 p.m., Emanuel, Strawberry Point

Congregations/Institutions:
St. John Evangelical, Arlington
Zion, Castalia
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace, Clayton
St. John, Dundee
Bethany, Elkader
Hope (Littleport), Elkader
Zion (Clayton Center), Elkader
St. John, Farmersburg
St. Paul Evangelical, Garnavillo
St. Peter, Garnavillo
St. John’s American, Guttenberg
St. Paul, Guttenberg
St. John, Luana
Good Neighbor Home, Manchester
First Evangelical, McGregor
St. Paul, Maynard
St. Paul, Monona
Zion, Oelwein
Good Samaritan Home, Postville
St. Paul, Postville
Peace, Ryan
Emanuel, Strawberry Point
EWALU Camp and Retreat Center, Strawberry Point
St. Sebald, Strawberry Point
Strawberry Point Lutheran Home, Strawberry Point
St. Paul, Volga
Good Samaritan Center, West Union

Three River Conference
Dean: Rev. Lisa Dietrich, Fredsville, Cedar Falls

Chaplain: Rev. Kim Smith, Faith, Shell Rock

Correspondent: Rev. Robert A. Scheurer, Zion and St. Paul, Marble Rock

Conference Assembly: Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, 2-4 p.m., St. Peter, Rockwell

Congregations/ Institutions:
St. James, Allison
Fredsville, Cedar Falls
Messiah, Charles City
St. John, Clarksville
St. Peter, Greene
American, Grundy Center
St. Paul, Marble Rock
St. John, Nashua
Peace Lutheran Fellowship, (SAWC), Parkersburg
Zion, Rockford
St. Peter, Rockwell
Zion St. John, Sheffield
Faith, Shell Rock
St. Paul, Thornton
St. Paul, Wellsburg

Tree of Life Conference
Dean: Rev. Scott Duffus, Grace/St. John Parish, Tripoli

Chaplain: Rev. Corey Smith, Messiah, Janesville & St. John (Maxfield), Denver

Correspondent:

Congregations/ Institutions:
Zion, Alta Vista
St. John (Maxfield), Denver
St. Peter Evangelical, Denver
St. John, Frederika
Messiah, Janesville
Immanuel (Crane Creek), Lawler
Trinity, New Hampton
St. Peter, Oran
St. John (Buck Creek), Sumner
St. John Evangelical, Sumner
Grace, Tripoli
St. John (Crane Creek), Tripoli
St. John (Bennington), Waterloo
Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community, Waverly
LSI-Bremwood Campus, Waverly
Redeemer, Waverly
St. Paul’s Evangelical, Waverly
St. Paul’s Christian Day School, Waverly
Wartburg College, Waverly

Upper Iowa River Conference
Dean: Rev. Stacey J. Nalean-Carlson, Glenwood & Canoe Ridge, Decorah

Chaplain: Rev. Matthew L. Larson, Burr Oak & Hesper, Decorah

Correspondent: Rev. Dr. Elaine G. Siemsen, Immanuel, Cresco

Congregations/Institutions:
Calmar, Calmar
United, Chester
First, Cresco
Immanuel, Cresco
Aase Haugen Homes, Decorah
Big Canoe, Decorah
Burr Oak, Decorah
Canoe Ridge, Decorah
Decorah, Decorah
First, Decorah
Glenwood, Decorah
Good Shepherd, Decorah
Hauge, Decorah
Hesper, Decorah
Highland, Decorah
Luther College Congregation, Decorah
Springfield, Decorah
St. John’s Evangelical, Decorah
Washington Prairie, Decorah
St. Paul (Maple Leaf), Elma
Our Savior’s, Lansing
St. Paul, Lime Springs
Ossian, Ossian
Madison, Ridgeway
Orleans, Ridgeway
Peace, Ridgeway
Good Samaritan Home, Waukon
Mosaic, Waukon
St. John, Waukon

Water of Life Conference
Dean: Rev. M. DeWayne Teig, St. Peter, Dubuque

Chaplain: Rev. James P. Mehltretter, Chaplain, Finley Hospital

Correspondent: Ann Straley, Dubuque

Congregations/Institutions:
Lord of Life, Asbury
St. Paul (Waupeton), Balltown
Holy Trinity, Dubuque
Luther Manor Nursing Home, Dubuque
St. John’s, Dubuque
St. Matthew, Dubuque
St. Peter, Dubuque