• 65th Biennial Synod Convention

    The 65th biennial synod convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod will be held on July 29 – August 1, 2019 at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn.

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

Latest News

Online outreach in a restricted-access country

Imagine a country where it is illegal for churches to gather…
2019/07/18/by Marissa Krogmann

People group ministry

Dear Friend,

We call it “people group ministry.” Immigrants…
2019/07/16/by agoede

Synod convention begins July 29

The 65th biennial convention of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran…
2019/07/16/by WELS

First Taste of Missions a success

On July 13, more than 400 WELS members gathered for the first…
2019/07/16/by WELS

New seminary planned for Indonesia

Groundbreaking for a new seminary facility for Gereja Lutheran…
2019/07/16/by WELS

WELS Night a hit

Despite watching a Brewers defeat, more than 2,400 WELS members…
2019/07/16/by WELS

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Jesus sets his face for the place he will die...

Transformed – teen devotion – July 14, 2019

We need a friend who will stick by us...

Seeds are small. But they grow.

Our Lord so often compared his kingdom and its growth to a seed.…
2019/07/10/by Marissa Krogmann

Work in Vietnam continues – help us reach our goal!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Lord continues to hold the…
2019/07/09/by agoede

Fifth Sunday of Pentecost

Jesus had to suffer; He had to be killed...

Transformed – teen devotion – July 7, 2019

He says that he loves her...

WELS Christian Aid and Relief approves humanitarian aid grants

The administrative committee for WELS Christian Aid and Relief…
2019/07/02/by WELS

Work in Vietnam continues

WELS leaders traveled to Vietnam in June to continue the training…
2019/07/02/by WELS

WELS EdTechLead Summit connects leaders across disciplines

Held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., June 25-27, the WELS Education,…
2019/07/02/by WELS

LWMS convention highlights mission projects

The Wild Rose Circuit of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society…
2019/07/02/by WELS

MLC online courses bolster local ministry

This fall, Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., is offering…
2019/07/02/by WELS

Moments with missionaries: Hendersonville, North Carolina

Paul E. Zell 

I was practicing my sermon on a recent Sunday…
2019/07/02/by Sarah Proeber

Daily Devotions

Grace—Hmong Outreach in Vietnam

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





June 2019 WELS Connection: Welcome Home

The God-given mission of the church is to seek the lost. Knowing that, we rightly dedicate much effort and resources to reaching the unchurched and those who have never known their Savior. But that same zeal for missions should lead us also to recognize that we have a ripe mission field right in our own congregations, among family, friends, and neighbors who once worshiped with us but have now strayed. Watch this month’s WELS Connection to learn more about your synod’s initiative to seek the lost.

Upcoming Events

Fri 19

WELS Camps

January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019
Fri 19

WELS Women’s Ministry conference

July 18 - July 20
Watertown WI
Mon 29

WELS 65th Biennial Synod Convention

July 29 - August 1
New Ulm MN

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.