• Supporting new missions initiatives

    WELS Home Missions is reaching our neighbors in North America

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  • Hurricane relief efforts are underway

    Find out how Christian Aid and Relief is helping WELS members and their communities after the hurricanes.

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  • Serving our service men and women

    Each week, get a devotion written especially for military servicemen and women and their loved ones delivered to your inbox.

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  • Celebrate the Reformation

    The 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation is upon us. Learn about the Reformation, find resources, and attend a celebration near you.

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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

ADVENT – December 11, 2017

Jesus is the Central Focus of Our Message and the Joy in Our Living

Transformed – teen devotion – December 10, 2017

Did you ever pretend to be a superhero when you were younger? Little girls pretend...

Proclaiming the birth of our Savior to people around the world

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

During this season of…
2017/12/08/by Adam Goede

Mexico – Not Quite Potlucks and Pipe Organs

I’m a pretty WELSie (WELSy?) guy. I could bore you with details,…
2017/12/07/by Marissa Krogmann

The widow’s gift

Dear Friend,

She was in her 90s, used a walker, and lived…
2017/12/07/by Adam Goede

Intersynodical meetings continue

On Nov. 28-30, representatives from the Lutheran Church – Missouri…
2017/12/05/by WELS

New director of discipleship joins Congregational Services

“Encouraging and equipping congregations for faithful and fruitful…
2017/12/05/by WELS

Celebrating 20 years of Hispanic outreach in Phoenix

On Nov. 25, Santo Tomas, Phoenix, Ariz., celebrated its 20th…
2017/12/05/by WELS

ADVENT – December 4, 2017

God Provides Messengers and Means to Prepare Us for the End.

Transformed – teen devotion – December 3, 2017

The Lord gathered Adam and Eve around him in the garden that had been tainted by sin,...

What Do You Really Need?

What do you need to hold public worship services? I mean, what…
2017/11/30/by Marissa Krogmann

Hurricanes offer opportunity to show Christian love

With three major hurricanes affecting the United States this…
2017/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Classes offered for chaplaincy program

From police officers to those who are incarcerated, the Chaplain…
2017/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Working together to support congregations

WELS Congregational Services has put together a five-year plan…
2017/11/30/by Sarah Proeber

Preach the Word – The Blessings of Lectionary Preaching

Treasures Old and New

Challenges to Lectionary Preaching
2017/11/28/by WELS

Renovation: Luther Prep, Watertown, Wisconsin

Fifty years ago, the chapel on the Watertown campus was the worship…
2017/11/28/by WELS

ADVENT – November 27, 2017

God’s Faithful Intervention in Our Lives Connects Us to an Eternal Life with Him

Transformed – teen devotion – November 26, 2017

Sorrow, sadness, grief, distress, sickness, and pain. What do all...

Daily Devotions

Reformation 500

Find different ways you can celebrate Reformation 500.






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 WELS Connection: WELS demographic report highlights

After a demographic report shows the findings and latest membership trends happening in congregations throughout our synod, WELS Commission on Congregational Counseling puts forth efforts to respond to these challenges and opportunities.

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.