• Don’t forget Advent

    In the midst of Christmas chaos and crowds, Advent points us to what is important.

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  • Expanding outreach in Africa

    As our sister synods in Africa are maturing and growing more independent, they are reaching into new areas to quench the thirst of those seeking the Water of Life.

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  • Equipping Christian Witnesses

    Martin Luther College is equipping Christian witnesses qualified to meet the ministry needs of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

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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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WELS is a group of nearly 360,000 men, women, and children in nearly 1,300 congregations united by a common faith in Christ’s saving love.

Latest News

Third Sunday in Advent

In the Messiah’s kingdom, things are not always what they seem...

Transformed – teen devotion – December 8, 2019

Churchill would call this dark time in English History “the darkest hour,”...

African music by African composers for African worship

One of the exciting highlights of this year’s WELS synod convention…
2019/12/05/by Marissa Krogmann


Our nation recently celebrated Thanksgiving. As most people enjoyed…
2019/12/05/by Marissa Krogmann

Question and answer about “Equipping Christian Witnesses”- Part 2

In celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2020, Martin Luther…
2019/12/04/by Sarah Proeber

A front-row seat to WELS Waukesha campus ministry

Please Lord! Just send two or three college students to our gathering…
2019/12/04/by Sarah Proeber

Lighthouse Youth Center opens third location

After every school day, Lighthouse Youth Center provides safe,…
2019/12/04/by Sarah Proeber

Book nook: Purposeful Grieving

One who is grieving is often challenged to find someone who…
2019/12/04/by Sarah Proeber

Restatement of “Scriptural Principles of Man and Woman Roles”

In early 2018 the Conference of Presidents (COP) decided to produce…
2019/12/03/by WELS

Spring 2020 chaplaincy courses offered at MLC

The Commission on Special Ministries offers a program for chaplain…
2019/12/03/by WELS

Second Sunday in Advent

Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near...

Transformed – teen devotion – December 1, 2019

I still haven’t seen The Avengers: End Game...

Wrapped in God’s comfort

At the end of a long day, many enjoy burrowing beneath their…
2019/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Insights into Lutheran leadership

WELS Congregational Services will host the WELS National Conference…
2019/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Question and answer about “Equipping Christian Witnesses”

In celebration of its 25th anniversary in 2020, Martin Luther…
2019/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Yes, you should go to jail

It’s true: a pastor’s primary responsibility is to his flock,…
2019/11/25/by WELS

Those who are forgiven much love much

“Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that…
2019/11/25/by WELS

Is there a TBI survivor in your church?

It shakes your faith for a more than just a moment. It makes…
2019/11/25/by WELS

Daily Devotions

Grace—Hmong Outreach in Vietnam

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





November 2019 WELS Connection – Africa Mission Opportunities

The One Africa Team is a valuable platform for connecting to the growing opportunities in Africa. The work in Africa is entering an exciting new phase. As the national churches there mature and communication technologies improve—God is giving us new opportunities to spread the gospel through our national partners to new places.

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WELS Camps

November 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
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Luther Preparatory School – Christmas Concert

December 15 - December 19
Watertown WI
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December 19
New Ulm MN

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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.

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