New directors begin their work

One of the main purposes of the synod as described in its constitution is “to extend and conserve the true doctrine and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran church by assisting and counseling in every appropriate way the pastors, teachers, and congregations” of the synod. One way in which this is done is through the various commissions that are a part of Congregational Services.

Two of those commissions have recently been blessed with new directors who will serve at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry. Rev. Jon Hein, who has served as the director for the Commission for Congregational Counseling (CCC) but has been located at the congregation he had been serving, is completing his move to the Waukesha, Wis., area where he will continue his work as director of the CCC. In that role, he will serve not only as the director of CCC, but also as the coordinator for all the commissions of Congregational Services as they work together to help congregations carry out their local ministries.

Two other commissions (Adult Discipleship and Youth and Family Ministry) will also welcome a new leader who will serve as the director of both commissions. Rev. Donn Dobberstein recently accepted the call to serve as the Director of Discipleship and will be relocating to the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry in the coming weeks.

These two calls demonstrate the importance of the role that the synod plays—not in carrying out the actual ministries, which are done at the local level, but in helping congregations to evaluate their ministry needs and in providing the resources that will help them do that. The CCC will be instrumental in helping congregations assess ministry needs, challenges, and opportunities. The Commissions on Adult Discipleship and Youth and Family Ministry will focus on helping congregations address ministry needs to adults, families, and children.

As our synod strives to help congregations to serve people of all ages with the saving gospel, we pray that God would bless the work of these new leaders and their commissions.

Serving in Christ,
President Mark Schroeder