About Us

Who We Are

The South-Central Synod of Wisconsin (SCSW-ELCA) is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). As 135 congregations and worshipping communities, we walk together to care for, connect and equip our congregations to be the heart and hands of Jesus.


We Care for the people of this church to grow together in the love of Christ through…

  • Weekly worship and recorded sermons from the bishop
  • Workshops on congregational health
  • Assist leadership during times of congregational anxiety
  • Build congregation/Synod office relationship through presence for preaching and fellowship
  • Helping congregations through transitions such as call process
  • In-gatherings & fundraising for our community and neighbors in need


We Connect the people of this church to be the church together in the world through…

  • Annual gathering of synod assembly
  • Congregational events
  • Synod wide events
  • Churchwide events & resources
  • Weekly e-newsletters, “What Matters” & “Connected Community


We Equip the people of this church to live out the gospel together for the sake of the world through…

  • Educational events to train congregational leaders
  • Supporting & walking with candidates for rostered leadership
  • Downloadable Resources
  • Speaker’s Bureau

Synod Congregations

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Synod Office

Synod Office Front Entry

6401 Odana Road, Suite 20
Madison, WI 53719
(608) 270-0201

Office Hours
Note for May 20, 2022-June 10, 2022: For the next few weeks several synod staff will be out of the office due to vacation or leave. Keeping sabbath time and remembering to rest and recharge are a vital part of our calling as God’s people. As such, truly being away when taking time off is important for…well, all of us! Please be patient over the next few weeks if the remaining staff take a little longer to respond to non-urgent calls and emails. Please know that someone on staff will be available if you or your congregation have an urgent or emergency situation. Thank you in advance for your understanding! You may also email the staff at anytime.

9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Synod Documents

Informational & Governing Documents

  • Synod Constitution & Bylaws
    Updated August 2020 with required provisions approved by the 2019 Churchwide Assembly and additional changes as ratified by the Synod Assembly in August 2020.
  • 2022-23 Spending Plan (Budget)
    February 1, 2022 – January 31, 2024
  • Local Conferences
    Our synod is divided into local conference clusters to help facilitate relationships and collegiality among our congregations.

Synod Policy Documents

  • Sexual Harassment & Misconduct Policy
    It is the policy of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin (SCSW) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America that sexual harassment and misconduct will not be tolerated.
  • Personnel Policies
    These personnel policies have been prepared in order that every employee of the synod may know the terms of employment that will govern his or her relationship to the synod.
  • Code of Ethics
    This Code of Ethics addresses conflicts of interest and business ethics but does not include the other ethical values and policies of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.