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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. Read more about this initiative in this article from the November 2021 edition of Forward in Christ magazine.

  • 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.

Sharing light . . . and s’mores

Zion had been thinking about starting a new site for gospel ministry…

What’s a Missionary? You are a Missionary!

Picture Philip being called by God and told to go visit the Ethiopian…

Home mission milestones – Spring 2022

Join with us in celebrating and praising God for the major church…

Congrats to the Taste of Missions School Challenge winners!

Congratulations to the 3rd grade class at Christ-St. Peter Lutheran…

Mission mysteries

The wick was missing. Five or six weeks in a row. A member would…

Board for Home Missions approves five new missions

On March 31–April 1, the WELS Board for Home Missions met and…

Gratitude for God’s blessings on WELS Home Missions

Dear Friend, Having accepted a call to serve at St. John’s…

One day makes an eternal difference

Although our first encounter took place over six months ago,…

Mission exploration in an unlikely place

When you think of places that are ripe for the harvest and logical…

Our first church

Often mission churches start out by meeting in their pastor’s…

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.

Reflection in the water

It was a long year of online learning for Brenda. The plans to…

Campus Ministry – Helping parents one worry at a time

My wife and I are blessed with three daughters. They are all…

Faces of Faith – Emma

Outwardly, the most dramatic moment in Emma’s coming-to-faith…

Beyond the dinosaur phase

Many little children go through a dinosaur phase. Even before…

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.

Opportunities for Hispanic outreach

More than 2,000 WELS members in North America report that Spanish…

New locations for cross-cultural outreach

One of the primary focuses of WELS Joint Missions is supporting…

Registration now open! Taste of Missions 2022

Registration is now open for Taste of Missions, a hybrid event…

Reflection in the water

It was a long year of online learning for Brenda. The plans to…

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. 

Update from Ukraine: May 11, 2022

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

New evangelism resources in Vietnam

I’m sitting at a laptop in a government hotel room in Hanoi,…

Equipped for ministry – Seminary graduation in India

Dear Friends in Christ, Greetings from Christ Evangelical…

Congrats to the Taste of Missions School Challenge winners!

Congratulations to the 3rd grade class at Christ-St. Peter Lutheran…

New gospel outpost in Brazil

Rev. Denício Godoy was ordained and commissioned by the Lutheran…

Little pastor

Forty years ago, his pastor called him “Xiao Mushi” (little…

Update from Ukraine: April 20, 2022

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

Support for Ukraine continues

Members of the Ukrainian Lutheran Church (ULC), WELS’ sister…

New chapter for Russian church

On Tues., March 1, Missionary Luke Wolfgramm and his wife, Jennifer,…

Update from Ukraine: April 8, 2022

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

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