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 138 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

*Please note that the synod
office will be closed for the
Christmas & New Year’s
Holiday from December 24
through January 2. In
case of an emergency
please call the office for
information to reach the
synod staff person on-call.

Office Hours
Please note that due to the
ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
and the rise in the Delta
variant in Wisconsin,
the synod staff may be
working remotely and
conducting all meetings
via Zoom. Our office
hours listed below are the
normal times when our
main phone line will be
attended to. You can 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.
  • 2021 Spending Plan (Budget)
    February 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
  • 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.