The 2021 Book of Reports and Memorials is now available online. This book summarizes the activities of each area of ministry over the last year and contains the proposed ministry financial plan for the next biennium. The information in the Book of Reports and Memorials will help guide the delegates of WELS’ 66th biennial convention, which is being conducted in an altered format this year.
The in-person convention is being held at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis., July 26–28. Only the chairman, secretary, and two laymen from each floor committee will be present. Floor committees will conduct their business and adopt their reports and resolutions via virtual meetings in advance of the convention. Elections will also be held electronically in advance. Delegates who are not attending in person will be able to vote on convention resolutions remotely.
The entire convention will focus on the theme “Here we stand.” This theme reminds us of Martin Luther’s willingness to risk his life with his bold stand on the Word of God 500 years ago at the Diet of Worms. Our convention will focus on this theme to remind us that for the Christian church today to carry out its mission faithfully, the same bold stand on the Word of God is necessary.
Major items for consideration at this convention include:
- the proposed ministry financial plan (budget) for 2021–23,
- increasing opportunities that God is giving our synod to proclaim the gospel to a growing number of people around the world, and
- a recommended change in the WELS Pension Plan.
More details on the proposed changes to the WELS Pension Plan are available at www.welsbpo.net.
Six memorials are also included in the Book of Reports and Memorials. A memorial is a formal request to the synod convention for specific action.
One printed copy of the Book of Reports and Memorials is being mailed to each delegate, congregation, and male called worker. These printed copies should arrive by the first week of June.
To view the online version of the Book of Reports and Memorials, visit wels.net/2021synodconvention.
You can also see details of the proposed change to the pension plan at https://welsbpo.net/proposed-changes-to-wels-retirement-program-2021/.
Serving together with you in Christ,
WELS President Mark Schroeder