WELS Home Missions is blessed to plant churches and assist mission-minded congregations in the United States, Canada, and English-speaking West Indies. Home Missions currently supports 123 congregations with financial subsidy or district mission board/mission counselor assistance, with 26 of those being cross-cultural mission congregations. Home Missions also provides about 30 campus ministries with financial support, while assisting hundreds of other congregations that serve college students around the United States and Canada.
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.
Kids summer Bible camps (variations on a Vacation Bible School) are commonly used at home mission congregations around North America to build bridges to the gospel in their communities. Past camps have included soccer, music, art, science, fitness, computer coding, and even STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camps. Through generous gifts from the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society and other WELS members, WELS Home Missions was able to approve 27 grant requests (totaling $48,255) for home mission congregations to use for their summer 2020 camps. Make sure to watch the March 2020 WELS Connection to see how one home mission start used a STEM Camp to help kickstart their outreach efforts. Learn more about these camps and consider supporting them with your gifts.
Home Missions Statistics:
- 123 Home Mission congregations
- 4 new mission starts/enhancements in 2019
- 86 new mission starts/enhancements since 2011
- Home Missions in 36 states, Canada, and three countries in English-speaking West Indies
- Supports 23 congregations that are part of multi-site ministries
- 26 cross-cultural missions
- Financially supports 30 campus ministries