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    Get involved in the 100 Missions in 10 Years initiative is by encouraging a home mission church and/or its home missionary this Christmas season. Learn more at wels100in10.net.

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  • Aggressively reaching lost souls

    WELS Home Missions is launching a new initiative to plant 100 new home mission churches and enhance 75 existing ministries from 2023-2033. We pray that God will bless our efforts, trusting that he is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

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    Request a mission speaker for your next church mission festival, school assembly, men’s or women’s church group meeting, or LWMS rally.

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  • Watch videos

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  • Faces of Faith magazine

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  • Mission Journeys

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WHERE WE ARE

WELS Missions—made up of Home, World, and Joint Missions—seeks to share Christ’s love with the lost across the globe. Home Missions supports 134 congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies, and assists hundreds of other congregations with their campus ministry programs. World Missions conducts gospel outreach in 44 countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 18 prospective new mission fields. Joint Missions oversees any mission opportunity that is a combination of Home Missions, World Missions, and Ministerial Education. This includes diaspora (people-group) ministries, cross-cultural ministries, the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI), and new programs like WELS Mission Journeys.

MISSION SPEAKERS

Request a mission speaker for your next church mission festival, school assembly, men’s or women’s church group meeting, or LWMS rally. Request a speaker, read frequently asked questions, and learn more about the resources that are available to you.

WELS Home Missions plants new churches and assists mission-minded congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies. Home Missions currently supports 134 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, with 29 of those being cross-cultural mission congregations. Home Missions also provides over 30 campus ministries with financial support, while assisting hundreds of other congregations that serve college students around the United States and Canada.

In 2021, synod convention delegates approved an ambitious new goal that allows WELS Home Missions to plant 100 new home mission churches and enhance 75 existing ministries from 2023-2033. Learn more about this initiative.

  • NEW STARTS
  • Windsor, Colo.
  • Wichita, Kan.
  • Canton, Ga.
  • Conroe, Tex.
  • Lodi, Wis.
  • UNSUBSIDIZED
  • Redding/Anderson, Calif.
  • Midlothian, Tex.
  • ENHANCEMENTS
  • St. Paul, Minn.
  • Baton Rouge, La.
  • Delray Beach, Fla.
  • Killeen, Tex.
  • Burlington, Iowa
  • UNSUBSIDIZED
  • Redding/Anderson, Calif.
  • Midlothian, Tex.

More than we ask or imagine

"Pastor, we would like to meet with you to baptize our daughter.”…

Happy Thanksgiving from WELS Missions!

Sometimes it takes a bad situation to bring out the best in us. Medical…

Blessings and answered prayers

431 days. That is the number of days between my first day living…

The glory is God’s – New beginnings in San Antonio, Tex.

Our grand opening service began months before September with…

Home Missions highlights

It’s been a busy fall for WELS Home Missions. On Sept.…

What matters most

“What can I do for that Christian student when they are away…

The response to free

Sermon illustrations are not always easy to come by. Sometimes…

Unexpected booms

We heard that Dickinson, N.D., was booming. A town of 17,000…

Family ties

Santo Tomás Lutheran Church is a congregation that serves the…

Aggressively reaching lost souls

Dear Friend, “Go.” It begins with that one word from our…

WELS Campus Ministry, a ministry of WELS Home Missions, provides resources, support, and encouragement to WELS congregations that serve college students around the United States and Canada. These congregations are vital in connecting college students with fellow Christians, strengthening their faith with the gospel message, and encouraging them to share that faith with other college students. The WELS Campus Ministry Committee currently provides over 30 campus ministries with financial support and assists hundreds of other congregations in their campus ministry outreach.

Faces of Faith – Peter

Peter Hollins was raised in a religious household and regularly…

Faces of Faith – Kimberly

Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Campus Ministry has played such…

Faces of Faith – Alfredo

From a young age, Alfredo knew God. Raised in a religious family,…

Faces of Faith – Colleen

One Sunday in August, Colleen and Megan walked into our church…

WELS Joint Missions supports mission opportunities that are the responsibility of Home Missions, World Missions, and Ministerial Education. Much of this work centers around diaspora (people-group) ministries, where immigrants who have joined our fellowship in the United States and Canada are able to take the gospel back to friends and family in their country of origin. Joint Missions administers the work of the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) and assists in other cross-cultural outreach efforts and new programs like WELS Mission Journeys.

Happy Thanksgiving from WELS Missions!

Sometimes it takes a bad situation to bring out the best in us. Medical…

“One Faith, One Family.” – Hmong National Conference 2022

What would lead people to pack into three vehicles at 11:30 p.m.…

WELS Missions – 2022 Impact Report

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations. . . Matthew…

NEW Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

Jesus gave the Great Commission to the Church saying, “go and…

MISSIONS BLOGS &
NEWSLETTERS

Read inspiring stories from Home, World, and Joint Missions in weekly Missions Blogs while also staying up-to-date on the most recent Missions news through the quarterly Missions Update e-Newsletter.

WORLD MISSIONS

WELS World Missions conducts gospel outreach in 44 countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 18 prospective new mission fields. World Missions brings the light of God’s Word to the world through evangelism efforts, church planting, training national workers for ministry, and providing religious materials in foreign languages through Multi-Language Productions (MLP).

49 world missionaries partner with almost 500 national pastors to conduct outreach and train more than 380 students for service in Christ’s kingdom.  

World Mission supports mission work:

  • on Native American reservations, where the gospel has been shared on the Apache reservations in Arizona for more than 125 years and exploratory mission work is beginning on other reservations throughout North America;
  • in Africa, where missionaries partner with national church bodies in six countries and are exploring outreach in at least seven more countries throughout the continent;  
  • in Asia, where the two missionary teams have joined together to equip, encourage, and empower others to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to 1.8 billion unreached souls; 
  • in Latin America, where hundreds of thousands of people are being reached through Academia Cristo online courses and more than 40 individuals are being trained to plant a church;
  • in Europe, where missionaries partner with national churches to train the next generation of church leaders and bring the true gospel to countries without a strong Lutheran presence 
  • and through Multi-Language Productions, which has produced materials in more than 56 languages and reaches tens of thousands of English-speakers in more than 30 different countries through the TELL online training platform. 

Happy Thanksgiving from WELS Missions!

Sometimes it takes a bad situation to bring out the best in us. Medical…

Visit to Kenya and Ethiopia

Along with Rev. Larry Schlomer, WELS World Missions administrator,…

Growth and partnership in Indonesia

In July 2022, WELS Friendly Counselor Rev. Gregory Bey made his…

Ukrainian music ensemble performs in Germany

In October, Baroque Plus, a Ukrainian musical group that includes…

Supporting the family of believers

Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the…

Fellowship in Latvia

What does “fellowship” look like? The Europe mission team…

Sharing their stories

How did you become a Christian? When did it happen? Were there…

A new approach to African mission work

In May and June of this year, three of WELS’ sister church…

Update from Ukraine: Sept. 16, 2022

Rev. Roger Neumann serves as the WELS liaison to Ukraine. He…

What does starting a Lutheran seminary look like?

Walking through the central streets of Medellín, Colombia, is…

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