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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 141 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 141 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.

WELS Missions – 2022 Impact Report

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

Impactful relationships

Depending on how you count, Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs make up…

Home mission milestones – Summer 2022

Home mission congregations celebrate a variety of milestones…

The story of open and closed doors

The circumstances change, but the gospel will not be chained.…

NEW Long-Term Volunteer Opportunities

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

Faces of Faith – Merle

I was walking our dog through the neighborhood, and out walked…

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 – Belniz

How do you reach out cross-culturally when there is a language…

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.

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…

Faces of Faith – Contreras Family

Salvador Contreras has always been a student of God's Word with…

Faces of Faith – Semson Lor

I remember being in high school 10 years ago and people would…

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).

45 world missionaries partner with over 400 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. 

Summer is time for growing

What could you possibly call 60 people frantically (even raucously)…

Together Video Update – August 9, 2022

Rev. Ben Foxen and Rev. Keegan Dowling were commissioned…

WELS Missions – 2022 Impact Report

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

New seminary class begins studies in India

54 new students just began their studies in the pre-seminary…

God’s Word lost . . . and found!

Imagine not having the Word of God. This is true for many people…

Missionaries receive support and direction during orientation

Six new world missionaries, one world mission vicar, and their…

Unity and peace

The Winter Olympics, you may remember, took place this past February.…

Aid distribution in Ukraine

As Russia continues to wage war against Ukraine, the effort to…

Back to square A (Albania)

Luke and I moved to Russia in 1997 right after he finished seminary.…

Your gifts are making a difference in Ukraine

"Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life…

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