Seminarians gather for Mission and Ministry

Mission and Ministry is an annual three-day event at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., that highlights the worldwide mission of WELS. From Feb. 2-4, students met and learned from pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders from around the country and the world who are doing various types of ministry in Christ’s kingdom.

The three days highlighted the way WELS supports congregations, ministries, and missions in North America and throughout the world. Each day featured a worship service, keynote address, an update from WELS areas of ministry, and ten workshops to choose from where 35 presenters from wide-ranging ministries spoke about their work.

Breakout sessions included urban outreach, ministry to Pakistanis, Kingdom Workers, early childhood ministries, assimilating ex-prisoners and addicts into your congregation, counseling sexual abuse survivors, humanitarian aid in India, using teens in outreach, and creating small group Bible studies.

In addition, more than 30 WELS organizations set up displays to share their work in God’s kingdom and how they support pastors and congregations.

Mission and Ministry is organized entirely by five seniors. One of the organizers, Kurtis Wetzel, shared that Mission and Ministry is valuable because it equips and encourages students. “We gain so many new insights, tips, and practical advice in three days. All of this serves to better equip us for different ministries in different settings,” he says. “The preachers and presenters motivate and instill fresh excitement for gospel ministry through their stories, their preaching, and simply by being with us.”

The three-day conference closed with a worship service led by Rev. Michael Geiger. There he reminded students that as they “Take Up the Sword”—this year’s theme—to first let the sword of the Spirit work in their own hearts and lives.