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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.​

"A Season of Global Awareness."


The 2023 Central States Synod Assembly adopted Resolution SA 23.02, "A Season of Global Awareness". Which resolved that Sunday, April 7th, 2024 is designated as the Sunday to celebrate our companion church relationship with the Kote District of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea (ELCPNG)

Please include President Erena Waraga, the people of the Kote District, ELCPNG as well as the people of Papua New Guinea in your personal and congregational prayers, especially on Papua New Guinea Sunday, April 7th, 2024.

A four-person delegation from the Central States Synod will be traveling to Papua New Guinea in August to participate in a consultation there and visit our companion district.  However, there are no funds budgeted by the synod for this purpose.

Can you help fund travel to this very important gathering in Papua New Guinea?


Please consider a special offering on Papua New Guinea Sunday, April 7th, 2024, designated for Companion Synod Travel.
If your congregation has a mission endowment fund, please let the synod Office know if it would be possible to apply to it for funding for the consultation.
If your congregation has undesignated benevolence, please consider directing it toward the Companion Synod Consultation.


Funds should be sent to the Synod Office designated for Companion Synod Travel or Papua New Guinea Consultation.. 

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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.

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