The Academy
The Academy, a series of 11 courses designed to develop well-equipped, thoughtful people to better serve councils in a variety of capacities, will offer its first classes this summer at Synod School, which runs July 23-28 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Described as a unique, cohort-based learning community, The Academy offers participants an opportunity to grow in faith and knowledge, grow as a leader, and have more opportunities to serve God as needed. A new cohort will begin each year at Synod School, while subsequent learning takes place in online and in-person settings. The Academy is a joint effort of and underwritten by the presbyteries of Minnesota Valleys, North Central Iowa and Prospect Hill, and the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Details can be found at "The Academy."

Collegiate, Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical Ministry
The Synod of Lakes and Prairies has a long-standing commitment to collegiate, ecclesiastical and ecumenical ministries within the bounds of the synod. The synod's Ecclesiastical Relations Committee fulfills its mission by supporting and maintaining relationships with these varied ministries, and contributes to their success through its grant program. Additional information and grant application forms are at "Collegiate, Ecclesiastical and Ecumenical Ministry."

Emerging Mission
Part of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies' support for emerging mission within the synod is through grants. For the grant program, the synod gives priority to proposals that support leadership development, congregational vitality and-or mission, or communication. To find out more, and to find application forms, go to "Emerging Mission."

Racial-Ethnic Scholarships
The Student Scholarship Fund is an educational assistance program designed to encourage racial-ethnic students in their preparation for academic success in higher education. Students must have a permanent residence within the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and be active members in a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation. To learn more, and find application forms, go to "Scholarships."

Self-Development of People (SDOP)
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) website notes: "Self-Development of People is a ministry that affirms God's concern for humankind. We are Presbyterians and ecumenical partners dissatisfied with poverty and oppression, united in faith and action through sharing, confronting and enabling." The Synod of Lakes and Prairies maintains its own Self-Development of People Committee. To learn more about SDOP and to apply for a grant, check out "SDOP."

Links to other online connections, resources
The synod also maintains a number of important connections to agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), other institutions associated with the synod, ecumenical associations and links to sermon and worship aids. (Click on the italicized copy to reach the materials.) Please feel free to suggest additions to the these lists by sending a note to Duane Sweep at dsweep[at]