• God’s Map

    We might not know where we’re going, but God does.

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  • Reaching Native Americans

    WELS’ first missionaries to a foreign nation stepped off the train in Arizona determined to share the gospel with the Apache people.

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  • Because Jesus Lives

    God works through believers around the world–even in anti Christian countries–to share the message of his victory.

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  • 2018 Youth Rally

    Plan your youth group trip this summer! Registration is now open for the 2018 WELS International Youth Rally, June 26-29, Bowling Green, Ohio.

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  • Your Gifts, God’s Blessings

    “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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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

Fifth Sunday of Easter

In Christ, we will bear much fruit...

Transformed – teen devotion – April 22, 2018

It’s hard to talk about Jesus and share our faith....

New Home Mission Projects Approved

On April 13, the Board for Home Missions approved support for…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Church Extension Fund – A Tremendous Blessing to Home Missions

"I don't think we realize what a tremendous blessing WELS has…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

The Lord Blesses Hmong Outreach in Vietnam

It all started when a leader within the Hmong Fellowship Church…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Africa Updates – Mission Work in Liberia, Unrest in Cameroon

Mission Work in Liberia
Do you call it reaching out? Or reaching…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Celebrating 125 Years of WELS World Mission Work

"I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Latin America Mission Updates

When you think of Academia Cristo, think of Luther’s Catechism.…
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Is Now the Right Time?

"Is now the right time? Should we wait? Should we move forward?"
2018/04/20/by Marissa Krogmann

Unless Someone Explains It

“Go south to the road - the desert road - that leads down from…
2018/04/19/by Marissa Krogmann

Apache ministry today

Dear Friends of Apache Christians,

We are so thankful for…
2018/04/18/by agoede

Conference of Presidents spring 2018 meeting summary

At its recent meeting, the Conference of Presidents (COP) reviewed…
2018/04/17/by WELS

Home Missions approves new mission starts

On April 13, the Board for Home Missions approved support for…
2018/04/17/by WELS

Cameroon mission update

Cameroon Missionary Jeff Heitsch and his wife, Stephanie, will…
2018/04/17/by WELS

Deadline approaching for hymns feedback

May 1 is the final deadline to submit feedback about the WELS…
2018/04/17/by WELS

Series highlights new members’ journeys of faith

In April 2008, Forward in Christ (FIC) magazine started a new…
2018/04/17/by WELS

Fourth Sunday of Easter

The risen Lord is our Good Shepherd...

Transformed – teen devotion – April 15, 2018

It’s game day. You know what you have to do,...

Daily Devotions

Your Gifts, God’s Blessings

annual report

“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.





March WELS Connection: Ministerial Education

Due to the large number of teachers reaching retirement age, the need for more teachers is growing, especially in urban settings.



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WELS Locator

Looking for a WELS church or school near you? Search by specific types of churches, schools, early childhood education (pre-k), or specific WELS organizations. Search the WELS Locator.

Forward in Christ

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

Contact Us

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.