La Crosse Area Synod
The La Crosse Area Synod is 74 congregations of 38,100 baptized Christians, partner camps, nursing homes, and Lutheran Campus Ministry of La Crosse. The area our ministries serve includes 10 counties in southwestern Wisconsin and southeastern Minnesota.
The La Crosse Area Synod is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States. We are a church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, committed to doing God’s work with our hands.
ELCA “God’s work. Our Hands.”
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God’s grace in our lives.
We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we strive to make a difference in practical, realistic ways.
With more than 10,000 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and 4.2 million members—we welcome you to experience this church right in your community. Explore the ELCA, and help us celebrate our gift of faith—with action.
Christ-Centered…Safe…Fun….Faith formation at camp is not through rigid instruction or presentations. Rather, it is a day of life lived out in “holy play,” caring conversations, and intentional time in God’s beautiful creation. Our faith expressions go beyond worship and Bible study to permeate every aspect of the camp experience. Safety is our top priority. Rigorous background checks and intense training ensure that our summer staff members are ready to respond to emergencies. Our concrete storm shelter and on-site registered nurse provide additional peace of mind. We meet all safety and program standards of the American Camping Association. Our programs are full of age-appropriate activities, games, and songs. Campers join in “holy play” with friends. Younger campers may enjoy creek stomping, parachute games, camp outs, and pony rides while the older campers may canoe the Mississippi, have epic “Olympics” on the beach, and play Ultimate Frisbee.
UW La Crosse: Campus Ministry
Opened in May of 2012, Common Ground brings together two established campus ministries in Lutheran Campus Ministry and Crossroads United Campus Ministry. Together, these ministries represent six different denominations – United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Episcopal Church, American Baptist and Presbyterian Church all under one roof!