2017 synod convention planning underway

Planning has already begun for the synod convention next summer. The convention will take place at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis., July 31-Aug. 3. More than 400 delegates and 50 advisory members will meet under the theme “Our Great Heritage,” reflecting the blessings we remember in the 500th anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation.

Delegates have already been chosen. Each delegate will soon be assigned to a floor committee. The floor committees are asked to discuss an area of the synod’s work and then to bring reports and resolutions to the convention for action.

The issues and information to be discussed by the convention will be published in the Book of Reports and Memorials (BORAM). The BORAM will be sent in printed form to all delegates prior to the convention as well as posted online at wels.net/2017synodconvention.

Some of the issues to be considered at the 2017 convention are:

  • The establishment of full fellowship with three Lutheran church bodies.
  • The adoption of the 2017-2019 Ministry Financial Plan (Budget).
  • The election of the first vice president and the secretary of the synod.
  • Election of many other positions on boards and committees.
  • The report of the Compensation Review Committee, which is making recommendations for modest changes to the synod’s compensation guidelines.
  • The report and recommendations of a special committee that conducted a review of the synod’s Ministry of Christian Giving.
  • A number of recommended changes to the synod’s bylaws.

Some special events being planned for the delegates include:

  • The synodwide observance of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
  • Special presentations by world missionaries.
  • A screening of the new Luther movie, A Return to Grace: Luther’s Life and Legacy.

Most of the convention, including the opening worship service, will be streamed live to enable WELS members to view the convention in real time. Follow convention news and updates at wels.net/2017synodconvention.

Serving in Christ,
President Mark Schroeder



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