Another year of record Congregation Mission Offerings

By God’s grace, Congregation Mission Offerings (CMO) received in December were $3.39 million. This was $30,000 more than the previous December. For calendar year 2023, CMO totaled $23.39 million, which is $60,000 (0.3 percent) more than 2022 and $436,000 (1.9 percent) more than projected receipts. This marks the fourth consecutive year of record Congregation Mission Offerings and the second year in which CMO surpassed $23 million.

It should be noted that God’s people in our synod have also responded to special needs and projects above and beyond CMO. WELS congregations and members received information on the “100 missions in 10 years” effort that began in 2023. We have already received $3.01 million in gifts and commitments from WELS congregations and individuals.

Clearly, this generosity reflects the Savior’s promises: “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work . . . so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:8,11).

Most congregations have submitted their CMO subscriptions for 2024. We pray that the upward trend continues, even in these difficult economic times.

God is already answering that prayer. CMO for January 2024 of $1.53 million (compared to $1.31 million last year) was the highest CMO level for the month of January on record.

Thank you, and with you we pray for God’s continuing blessings on our synod.

Serving with you in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder



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