Home Missions

WELS Home Missions reaches out with the life-saving message of the gospel throughout the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies (Antigua, Grenada, and St. Lucia). Home Missions currently supports 125 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, some with more than 20 different cultural background represented in their membership. Home Missions also supports more than 32 campus ministries.

14 District Mission Boards (DMBs), comprised of 2-4 pastors and 2-4 laymen volunteers, work to start new missions and support existing missions in their districts. The DMB chairman and one lay volunteer from each district serve as voting members on the Board for Home Missions. This Board for Home Missions (BHM) meets twice a year to vote on the new starts and enhancement ministries for the next year and set overall direction for WELS Home Missions.

Home Missions Statistics:

  • 125 Home Mission congregations
  • 17 new mission starts/enhancements in 2018
  • 81 new mission starts/enhancements since 2011
  • Home Missions in 35 states
  • Supports 23 congregations that are part of multi-site ministries

Get the latest resources and materials from Home Missions at missions.welsrc.net.

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Home Missions Partners

Church Extension Fund (CEF)

CEF is a valuable partner of Home Missions. CEF provides loans to home mission congregations who are looking to purchase land, build worship facilities, or remodel their current locations. Besides offering loans at affordable rates, they also have a matching grant program that provides additional financial assistance to home mission starts. Since 1993, CEF has provided over $35.3 million in matching dollars to help offset initial costs of home mission mortgages.

On top of the matching grant program, CEF also provides special grants to Home Missions to support additional ministry. In 2016-2017, CEF approved $837,000 in special grants to home missions. To learn more, visit wels.net/cef.

Praise and Proclaim Ministries

Praise and Proclaim Ministries teaches and equips Christians how to joyfully and confidently share this important message of God’s salvation with others. They provide an immediate, well-organized opportunity for Christians to put their training into action by conducting a door-to-door canvassing experience to proclaim the gospel. By participating in a Praise and Proclaim outreach campaign, members of congregations learn how to engage, proclaim, and invite neighbors and friends to hear the gospel. Many WELS Home Missions are taking advantage of Praise and Proclaim as a part of their overall outreach strategy. To learn more about this ministry and how your congregation might use it, visit praiseandproclaim.com.

Truth in Love Ministry

Truth in Love Ministry was founded by Pastor Mark Cares to reach Mormons with the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. The ministry’s distinctive outreach approve has been recognized worldwide. To learn more about this ministry, please visit www.tilm.org.