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  • Serving those who serve

    The Care Committee for Called Workers (CCCW) exists to help congregations provide spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional care to their pastors, teachers, and staff ministers.

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  • 2019 Annual Report Now Available

    Your gifts, God’s blessings: An annual report to our members highlights the blessings that God has showered on WELS through the gifts of its members.

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  • Grace—Hmong Outreach in Vietnam

    God’s grace has opened doors to an unprecedented mission opportunity in communist Vietnam.

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  • For the generations to come

    Learn how WELS Congregational Services is helping churches so that they can proclaim the gospel for generations to come.

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WELS is a group of nearly 400,000 men, women, and children in nearly 1,300 congregations united by a common faith in Christ’s saving love.

Latest News

Serving and supporting our pastors

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The “firsts” are…
2019/02/19/by agoede

CMO totals for 2018 and CMO subscriptions for 2019

Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) received in 2018 totaled…
2019/02/19/by WELS

Church dedication in Puerto Rico

On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria swept over the island of Puerto…
2019/02/19/by WELS

Women’s ministry conference highlights being “living stones”

“You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual…
2019/02/19/by WELS

Mission and Ministry held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

From Feb. 5–7, students at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon,…
2019/02/19/by WELS

Big steps for the WELS Hymnal Project in 2019

The development of the new WELS hymnal and its supplementary…
2019/02/19/by WELS

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany

Because of God’s love for you, love your enemies...

Transformed – teen devotion – February 17, 2109

When I was in college studying to be a pastor,...

A Little Child Shall Lead Them

*Specific details have been left out and names changed due to…
2019/02/14/by Marissa Krogmann

Reflecting Christ’s love to those facing disaster

Tornadoes, hurricanes, heavy rainfall, forest fires—it’s…
2019/02/13/by Sarah Proeber

Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jesus is our surprising Savior...

Transformed – teen devotion – February 10, 2109

Your body doesn’t belong to you...

Serving those who serve

The Care Committee for Called Workers (CCCW), part of the WELS…
2019/02/07/by Sarah Proeber

Gospel Seeds Continue to Multiply

Ger Yang was one of the first Hmong men home missionary Rev.…
2019/02/06/by Marissa Krogmann

A joyful event in Puerto Rico

In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean islands…
2019/02/05/by WELS

WELS members support Christmas outreach program

Approximately 70 percent of WELS congregations participated in…
2019/02/05/by WELS

Fearlessly proclaim the gospel

Students heard the voice of experience Jan. 16 at Martin Luther…
2019/02/05/by WELS

Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

Jesus is our compassionate Savior...

Daily Devotions

Grace—Hmong Outreach in Vietnam

God’s grace has opened doors to an unprecedented mission opportunity in communist Vietnam. Learn more.





January: 2018 in Review

From the growth in WELS World and Home Missions to the excitement of the WELS International Youth Rally to the release of the updated WELS mobile app, 2018 was a truly blessed year for the synod.



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WELS Locator

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Forward in Christ is the official magazine of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Printed monthly, this magazine addresses many important issues facing Christians today.

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Do you have a question about the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod? Basic information about our church body such as leadership, history, reports, and numbers can be found at About WELS.