Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala
In June 2005, the Saint Paul Area Synod assembly passed a resolution establishing a companion synod relationship with the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (the Augustinian Lutheran Church of Guatemala, or ILAG). The Guatemala Task Force oversees the relationship and has a list of speakers who are available to speak to congregations, adult forums, youth, and other interested groups. For updates and photos, like ILAG on Facebook.
About the partnership
Founded in 1991 by Padre Horacio Castillo, ILAG ministers to people from the margins of Guatemalan society, particularly the indigenous poor. The church has about 2,000 members in 17 congregations. ILAG also operates two elementary schools in Guatemala City. The ILAG pastoral team is represented by several pastors, evangelists, and catechists who typically work with more than one congregation. Bishop Castillo retired in 2014, and Pastor Karen Castillo now serves as President of the ILAG and as the primary contact for US congregations. Read more about the history and leadership of our companionship.
Caminando Juntos (Walking Together) Newsletter
The newsletter of the Saint Paul Area Synod's companionship with the Iglesia Luterana Agustina de Guatemala (ILAG) launches twice a month. Caminando Juntos includes a reflection, prayers, upcoming travel groups, Guatemala in the news, and ILAG updates. Sign up to get Caminando Juntos in your inbox!
Current Mission and Priorities
2014 Partnership Update from the Rev. Karen Castillo
This five-minute video introduces the new President of the ILAG, Pastor Karen Castillo, and lifts up the vision, mission, and ministry goals for the church in the coming years. It’s designed for use in congregational worship on a mission Sunday, at committee meetings, and for delegations preparing to visit Guatemala.
In order to more fully understand the current mission and priorities of the ILAG, please review the following items:
- Latest Transition Update: Global Companion Consultation (PDF) updated Aug. 2013
- International Consultation in Bogota Executive Summary (DOC)
- International Consultation (ILAG Summary) (PDF)
A key component of the companion synod relationship is for congregations in the Saint Paul Area Synod to be matched with ILAG congregations. The relationship is grounded in prayer, communication, visits, financial support, education, and participation.
Watch Mission: Guatemala 2013 to see what this relationship can look like (Courtesy of Our Savior's, Circle Pines)
Download this brochure (PDF) to see where your financial support goes.
Planning a trip to Guatemala? Trip leaders planning on taking a group from their congregation or organization should download and read the following handbook. This handbook includes valuable information on the history and culture of the Lutheran Church in Guatemala as well as travel forms that will be critical in the planning of your trip.
- Handbook for Leading a Trip to the ILAG (PDF) Last updated June 2014
To ease the distribution and completion of your ILAG travel forms, the following forms from the Handbook have been made available for you to download. If you wish to complete any of the following forms on your computer, you must follow the directions listed at the top of the Group Reservation or Individual Travel forms before you print or email it to your group leader. Contact in the synod office at 651.224.4313 should you encounter technical difficulties.
- Application for Mission Trip (PDF)
- Group Reservation Travel Form (PDF)
- Individual Travel Form (PDF)
- Waiver for Minors and Parental Permission (PDF)
- Simply Giving Form (PDF)
- Trip Evaluation (PDF)
To assist congregations in developing a relationship or to learn more about the work in Guatemala, the task force provides speakers who will meet with congregation councils and other interested groups or lead adult or youth forums.
For more information, contact Janet Metcalfe at 651.450.1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.