• 2024 New Missions

    WELS Board for Home Missions approved 12 new home mission starts and enhancements. These five new starts and seven enhancements put us that much closer to our goal of starting 100 new missions and enhancing 75 ministries by 2033.

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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 157 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 and encourages gospel outreach in 46 countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 19 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 157 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, with 32 of those being cross-cultural mission congregations. Home Missions also provides over 45 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.

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Bend, Ore.

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Cedar Lake, Ind.

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Conway, Ark.

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Easley, S.C.

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Williston, N.D.

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Calvary, Dallas, Tex.

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Crossroads, Chicago, Ill. (Restart)

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Faith, Prior Lake, Minn.

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Good Shepherd, Plymouth, Wis.

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Northdale, Tampa, Fla.

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St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wis.

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St. Paul, Calgary, AB, Canada

  • NEW STARTS
  • Bend, Ore.
  • Cedar Lake, Ind.
  • Conway, Ark.
  • Easley, S.C.
  • Williston, N.D.
  • St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • St. Paul, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • ENHANCEMENTS
  • Calvary, Dallas, Tex.
  • Crossroads, Chicago, Ill. (Restart)
  • Faith, Prior Lake, Minn.
  • Good Shepherd, Plymouth, Wis.
  • Northdale, Tampa, Fla.
  • St. Marcus, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • St. Paul, Calgary, AB, Canada

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Together Video Update – April 23, 2024

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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 45 campus ministries with financial support and assists hundreds of other congregations in their campus ministry outreach.

Where city and country and college meet!

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Giving God the glory. . . on and off the field

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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.

God allows for wonderful plans to unfold

Peace in Jesus Vietnamese Lutheran Church in Boise, Idaho, is…

Faces of Faith – Angel and Maribel

Hispanic ministry in Deltona, Fla., seems like a natural fit.…

The gospel in Garden Grove…in three languages!

“Pastor, has there ever been a trilingual ordination service…

Faces of Faith – David and Guili

It’s an enormous blessing for a congregation to have a PSI…

WORLD MISSIONS

WELS World Missions conducts and encourages gospel outreach in 46 countries and is exploring outreach opportunities in 19 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).

47 world missionaries partner with over 500 national pastors to conduct outreach and train more than 400 students for service in Christ’s kingdom.

World Mission supports mission work:

  • on Native American reservations, where the gospel is being shared on the Apache reservations in Arizona and the Native Christian Network has begun outreach to additional tribes;
  • in Africa, where missionaries partner with national church bodies in seven countries and are exploring outreach in eight more countries throughout the continent;
  • in Asia, where 17 missionaries 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 30 individuals are actively leading a group in worship and study;
  • 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.

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An update from the Ukrainian Lutheran Church

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Native Strength Network

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Praying dangerously in Africa

Have you ever heard people use the phrase, “Pray dangerously?”…

Building trust in the heart of Japan

In the heart of Japan, gospel outreach is blossoming through…

A growing faith leads to a growing group for TELL student

On a recent trip to Africa, Joel Hoff, TELL Missionary to Africa…

Pastoral Studies Institute: Winterim 2024

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous WELS member, the Pastoral…

Mission Journeys: Connecting with cultures in the U.K.

“John 3:16 tells us that ‘God so loved the world that he…

CAMM helps address healthcare challenges in Africa

The need for affordable and adequate healthcare is a hot topic…

A reason to celebrate

February 10 seemed like any other Saturday in Birmingham, England,…

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