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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.

To learn more, read the Constitutional Guidelines for Conferences for Cooperative Ministry.


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 PDF Format

Conference Chaplains
The Chaplain of a Conference for Cooperative Ministry, in consultation with the Bishop's Office and the Board of Leadership in Ministry, 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 PDF Format

Chaplain's Report Form PDF Format


Water of Life Conference (A)

Shepherd of the Hills Conference (B)

Jubilee Conference (C)

Upper Iowa River Conference (D)

Tree of Life Conference (E) 

Riverside Conference (F) 

Living Waters Conference (G)

Three River Conference (H)

Shechem Conference (I)




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