• Shout for Joy

    At Christmas, happy hearts break into song.

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  • Cultural Connections

    Combining Home and World Mission outreach efforts

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  • Your Synod, Your News

    Subscribe to the WELS Together e-newsletter and videos to stay connected with your synod and its ministry.

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  • Every Neighbor, Every Nation

    Discover what’s new in WELS Home and World Missions—how the synod is reaching out to souls around the corner and around the world.

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  • Our Great Heritage

    2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Learn about what that means.

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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

WELS Foundation’s 2016 annual report: “Helping people support ministry”

WELS Foundation’s 2016 annual report summarizes how the WELS…
2016/12/09/by Adam Goede

Donate when you search and shop online

Just a reminder during this busy shopping season that you can support WELS when you search and shop online. We’d also like to remind you of the year-end discounts available from our ShopWELS vendors.
2016/12/08/by smattes

Strategies for Asian ministry

Dear Friend, Some of the most exciting opportunities God is…
2016/12/08/by Adam Goede

Shout for joy

At Christmas, happy hearts break into song! We are filled with…
2016/12/08/by Sarah Proeber

Informal discussions continue between ELS, LCMS, and WELS

Leaders from the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), the Lutheran…
2016/12/06/by WELS

Conference highlights multi-site strategy

A recent conference highlighted a rising strategy for expanding…
2016/12/06/by WELS

Family fun at WELS Day at the Bucks

Several hundred WELS members enjoyed an afternoon of basketball,…
2016/12/06/by WELS

Confessional Lutheranism in Europe

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod shares fellowship with…
2016/12/06/by WELS

Third Sunday in Advent – December 5, 2016

Third Sunday in Advent

Transformed – teen devotion – December 4, 2016

December is crazy, isn’t it? There are the parties—parties at school, parties with friends, and...

Transforming hearts

WELS congregations are helping adults build strong foundations…
2016/12/01/by Sarah Proeber

What it means to be truly Lutheran: Original sin

Original sin Joel D. Otto “There’s a little bit of…
2016/12/01/by Sarah Proeber

Daily Devotions






Every Neighbor, Every Nation

Read WELS Missions articles from a special issue of Forward in Christ magazine called “Every Neighbor, Every Nation.”

Interactive Faith

Adult Discipleship offers LIVE online Bible studies for use by congregations, small groups, or individuals to serve as a mid-week Bible study.

Questions and Answers


View reader submitted questions answered by a WELS professor. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Submit your own question.

WELS Radio

Listen to WELS artists on WELS Radio.

WELS on Instagram


You can now follow WELS on Instagram! Find us @WELSLutherans.

Digital Display Graphics

Download now! Digital display graphics for your church’s digital display screen.


November 2016 – Recruitment needed to fill pastoral vacancies

As there are currently more pastoral vacancies than there are pastors to fill them, it is ever more important to encourage the young men in your congregation to prayerfully consider the ministry.

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.