Other WELS Sites
Calvary Academy Foundation
Calvary Academy Ministries has been established to help troubled youth and their families. The motto of our ministries is “Hope For Hurting Families.” We firmly believe that the only real hope is Jesus Christ and His Word. We are convinced that the Holy Spirit working though the Word can and will effect changes in the lives of these children and their families. For Jesus himself said, “…with God all things are possible.” (Mt.19:26)
Central Africa Medical Mission
The Medical Mission is a program in which WELS or ELS health care professionals can use their God-given abilities to spread His love in a different area of the world. This ministry is a tremendous benefit to the Lutheran Church of Central Africa and our fellow sisters and brothers in Jesus.
Christian Family Solutions
At WLCFS Christian Family Counseling, it is our mission to heal and help people in need through the ministry of Jesus Christ. As more and more people seek help with tough life issues, we want to be the Christian counseling resource they turn to for hope, healing, and peace.
Christian Life Resources
Christian Life Resources (CLR) was established in 1983 as WELS Lutherans for Life. CLR serves people of all ages in need of help and understanding as they face serious life and family issues. CLR fulfills its mission to use these issues as bridges to convey the love of God and to share the message of salvation through Christ. This is carried out nationally and internationally through a network of affiliates along with an extensive educational program and Web site. Its charitable foundation, Christians Concerned for Life Foundation, supports pro-life and pro-family work. CLR is also the parent organization of New Beginnings—A Home for Mothers, a residential setting for single mothers and their children.
Conquerers through Christ
The men and women of the Conquerors Through Christ team are members of a subcomittee of the Committee on Mental Health Needs under the Commission on Special Ministries, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We have pastors, staff ministers, and laypeople serving on the subcommittee. We are pursuing this fight against internet pornography because we have seen the devastation it wreaks on the families and individuals in our churches and realize the danger to souls. We want to equip as many as possible to fight this battle with the proper motivation and preparation. Conquerors Through Christ exists to give spiritual and practical advice to Christians struggling to overcome adult internet pornography.
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
The Evangelical Lutheran Synod is an American Lutheran church body of 130 congregations in full fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The ELS is also a member of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), which currently consists of 24 church bodies throughout the world in fellowship with one another. Following Jesus’ command to bring the Gospel “to all nations,” the ELS operates missions in seven countries around the world: Peru, Chile, India, Korea, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Latvia. We are also active in beginning new congregations in the United States. You can read about our history here.
Jesus Cares Ministries
Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM) assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities. Nationwide, JCM programs encourage Bible studies, worship and fellowship opportunities. We assist congregations in developing Bible classes and worship services designed to meet each person at his or her comprehensive level.
Luther Preparatory School
The continuing mission and purpose of Luther Preparatory School is to prepare and encourage young men and women for the full time ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Lutheran Association for Church Extension
The primary purpose of LACE is to provide congregations with low cost loans. These loans can be used to refinance current mortgages; construct, expand or renovate church/school facilities; parsonage or teacherage construction; or to complete miscellaneous projects such as purchasing an organ or fixing a roof. In addition to providing the funding for loans, LACE provides a channel through which people can purchase investments and receive annual interest payments.
Lutheran Girl Pioneers
Lutheran Girl Pioneers (LGP) is a Christ-centered youth program for girls of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church and those in fellowship with the WELS.
Lutheran Pioneers exists to assist congregations in nurturing and training boys in the Lord, so that they will remain faithful to Him and faithfully serve Him throughout their lives.
Lutheran Science Institute
Lutheran Science Institute (LSI) provides creation/evolution resources from a Confessional Lutheran view. LSI is PhD scientists, engineers, teachers, pastors and laity using scientific and theological knowledge to produce these resources. Watch our confirmation class video online. Schedule one of our speakers. Learn about the various creation apologetics used in the WELS. The LSI Journal is published quarterly and is available both online and in print.
Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society
Meeting together since 1958 and formally organized in 1964, the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society works to increase awareness of, interest in, and support of the mission outreach of WELS. The annual convention and other activities are guided by the board of directors. Visit the Web site for a complete list of board members and information on the 60 circuits and more than 865 congregational and individual members.
Martin Luther College
Martin Luther College is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Formed from an amalgamation of Dr. Martin Luther College (founded in 1884) and Northwestern College (founded in 1865), Martin Luther College opened its doors to the next generation of church workers in 1995.
While every institution has its strengths, Martin Luther College is distinctive. We are the WELS College of Ministry. We exist solely to train future pastors, teachers, and staff ministers for the public ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Martin Luther Elder Care Ministries
Martin Luther Elder Care Ministries (MLECM) was formed by Martin Luther Memorial Homes as a transition from a “brick and mortar” ministry to a more direct ministry to the elderly. The singular mission of MLECM is to serve the spiritual needs of the aging with emphasis on those who are in elder care facilities or home bound. We will do this by working with congregations in Michigan for the purpose of sharing the message of the gospel by “Sharing the words of life with those nearing the end of life.”
Michigan Lutheran Seminary
Michigan Lutheran Seminary has continued to fulfill its mission and purpose: Train students for the public ministry of the gospel and to enroll them upon graduation at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota.
Mission to the Children
Mission to the Children exists to make disciples for Christ and is solely supported by the thoughtful donations from individuals, congregations and church groups and works in cooperation with approved mission activities of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.
Northwestern Publishing House
The mission of Northwestern Publishing House is to deliver Biblically sound Christ-centered resources within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and beyond. The vision of Northwestern Publishing House is to be the premier resource for quality Lutheran materials faithful to the Scriptures and Lutheran Confessions. We offer resources for the church, the school, and the home. In addition to adult and youth curriculum, we publish periodicals and books of general interest on a variety of subjects: devotions, family and personal guidance, church history, and Scripture studies such as the popular People’s Bible commentary series and the People’s Bible Teachings series on doctrine. We also provide books and materials selected from other Christian publishers.
The Lutheran Home Association
The Lutheran Home Association (TLHA) is a not-for-profit Christian ministry dedicated to providing for the spiritual, physical, and emotional needs of people in its care since 1898. TLHA offer a wide variety of health care, housing, and spiritual outreach services with campuses in several states and congregational programs serving seniors and individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities nationwide. Services and programs include senior living, skilled nursing care, memory care, disability services, rehabilitative therapies, chaplaincy, Bible classes, worship services, and property management services.
Truth in Love to Mormons
Truth in Love Ministry (TILM) is dedicated to reaching Mormons. It provides opportunities for WELS members to participate on mission trips in heavily populated Mormon areas. Pleaseopenthedoor.com is a website devoted to equipping people to witness to LDS missionaries. Another extensive site, tilm.org provides witnessing tips, videos, blogs and more.
Truth in Love to Muslims
With that goal, Truth in Love to Muslims provides a Web forum where Christians may learn things they may not know about Islam and encourage each other to share the love of Christ with their Muslim neighbors around the world. Truth in Love to Muslims is sponsored by Outreach to Muslims (WELS-OTM), an evangelism ministry begun in October 2004 to inform Christians about Islam and encourage outreach to Muslims. Since that time, hundreds of OTM presentations have been seen and heard by interested groups all across the U.S.
WELS Benefit Plans
The WELS Benefit Plans Office serves WELS/ELS workers, their family members and their calling/hiring bodies through administration of the WELS VEBA Group Health Care Plan and the WELS Pension Plan.
WELS Historical Institute
The institute exists to preserve and present the history of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The WELS Historical Institute was inaugurated in 1981 for the purpose of preserving the story of God’s grace as he works among the congregations, institutions, and people of the WELS. The Institute carries out that purpose by maintaining the Salem Lutheran Landmark Church,the museum of the WELS, printing two issues of the WELS Historical Institute Journal and two newsletters per year, supporting the development of synodical archives, and providing regular public presentations related to the history of WELS.
WELS Kingdom Workers
Kingdom Workers exists for the purpose of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, using volunteers in mission fields in partnership with ministries of our fellowship.
- Builders For Christ helps congregations in fellowship with the CELC organize and provide skilled workers who will build facilities at a reduced cost.
- Lutheran Health Alliance connects Christian health professionals aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities, all while sharing the gospel and maturing as disciples of Christ.
- Faith In Action matches mission-minded Christians with many congregations in fellowship with the CELC that need volunteers to carry out gospel ministry.
WELS Nurses Association
WELS Nurses Association (WELSNA) was organized as an avenue for nurses within WELS to collaborate, learn from each other, and support each other in their work and spiritual growth. WELS Parish Nurses are also a part of WELSNA, providing education and consultation to nurses and congregations. Through WELSNA, needs for medical or humanitarian mission opportunities are communicated to nurses as it works with other WELS organizations.
WELS Hymnal Project
In 1993 we reflected on the grace of God which has come to us “unasked, unforced, unearned,” (CW 54). In 2008 we marveled that “on the cross, as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied” (CWS 752). The next milestone for gospel-centered worship in WELS is 2024 when a new hymnal will be released. Christ’s church on earth has always been blessed by people who think not only of themselves, but of those who worshiped before them, those who worship with them, and those who will worship after them. For it is in worship that Christ himself approaches us to forgive our darkest sins and bring us a glorious hope.How will this new hymnal project help a new generation of Christians to reflect on the grace of God? Time will tell. For now, we humbly undertake this project to bring glory to God and to proclaim Christ’s saving name. We begin our task so that worshipers now and long into the future can both hear for themselves and proclaim to God and the people around them the saving work of Jesus Christ.
What About Jesus?
Many people have questions about Christianity; they wonder about what God says and does. Some of these questions you might have asked yourself. This website is here to help answer some of those unanswered questions about Who Jesus is, questioning God, and any life concerns.
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Students who choose to attend the college desire a strong and challenging liberal arts program. They expect to be prepared for their future because that is what the college promises when they enroll.
That’s Wisconsin Lutheran College’s mission, after all; producing well prepared Christian leaders who understand the importance of serving others as they lead.
Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries
Institutional Ministries is a nonprofit organization established in 1901 that ministers to people living in correctional facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, hospitals, mental health centers and extended care facilities, and also offers post institutional support. Our Mission: To share God’s law and the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with all individuals who are or have been institutionalized, and their families.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary
The purpose of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary is to offer theological training that prepares men to enter the pastoral ministry of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod or of churches within its confessional fellowship . The seminary also endeavors in various ways to offer opportunity for theological and professional growth to called workers who already are serving in the ministry of its confessional fellowship.
Download a PDF with even more WELS church-related and charitable organizations featured in the annual WELS yearbook.