Companion Synod Team​

Our Companion Synods give us the opportunity to engage with Companion Christians who live out their faith in different parts of the world. As we come together with our CoSyn Lutheran Christians in Papua New Guinea, Russia and other parts of the world, we both bless them and receive their blessings. We both teach and learn. We both encourage and are encouraged.

Every congregation in the Central States Synod is encouraged to celebrate the World-wide church we are a part of and to find ways to walk more closely together with our partners in Papua New Guinea, Russia, and around the globe.


For a more detailed explanation of the Companion Synod Ministry, read:

Companion Synod Ministry, CSS-ELCA.​



Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 was designated as the Sunday for congregations in the Central States Synod to lift up and celebrate our companion church relationship to the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the Urals, Siberia, and the Far East (ELSUSFE) by resolution of the synod council. You are invited to use the prepared bulletin insert that Sunday and/or this video.

The bulletin insert contains additional information as well as prayer suggestions for Sunday, October 3rd, and the video is part of a zoom conversation with Pastor Alexander Lapochenko with missionary Bradn Buerkle translating. Our Synod is committed to providing financial support for Pastor Lapochenko, a commitment that is a priority for us in our work with the Lutheran Church in the Russian Far East. Learn more at the link below entitled "Far East Deanery Russia"


Don't miss this opportunity to remember that we are part of a global church and that we are not the only ones struggling with the pandemic and challenges in ministry."    

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Far East Deanery


Reports, updates and trip summaries of the Far East Deanery of the Lutheran Synod of the Urals, Siberia and the Far East.


Kotte District

Papua New Guinea

Reports, updates and trip summaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Kotte District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea.


Young Adults in Global Mission

Stories, missions, and updates from the ELCA and Central States Youth participating as a YAGM.