WELS Congregational Services exists to serve congregations and schools and their leaders by providing resources, training, and personal assistance so that they might carry out gospel ministry in the most faithful way on the local level. To help share the resources it’s developed, Congregational Services launched a website, welscongregationalservices.net, in 2018. Designed to serve as a clearinghouse for its materials, the site includes training videos, leaders’ guides, how-to manuals, and more on a wide variety of topics. Here is a quick glimpse of some of the resources that are currently available.
Leadership modules—Documents here include a congregational planning overview on producing a mission statement, clarifying core values, statistical forecasting, crisis management, and accounting in the church.
Worship modules—Topics covered in this section include the liturgical framework, explaining worship customs and traditions, worship folders, planning Lutheran worship, and the role of the choir.
Evangelism module—Learn how to equip members for evangelism in this resource that includes video segments as well as written summaries.
Schools modules—Lutheran Schools has shared resources here that help schools learn more about starting an early childhood ministry or Lutheran elementary school, using a school or early childhood ministry for outreach, school accreditation, and quality assurance.
Compassion ministry modules—Modules include a Bible study to encourage caring congregations as well as resources on topics such as standing up for children encountering abuse or neglect; helping Christians reject, resist, and recover from addiction and pornography; serving as a military contact pastor; inclusion; and geriatric care facility outreach.
Discipleship modules—A series of videos with discussion guides and a playbook provide many great insights into ministering to Millennials. Two other discipleship modules address delinquency and Lutheran small groups.