New Starts and Enhancements: 2019
Every spring, the Board for Home Missions (BHM) and the BHM Executive Committee prioritize requests for new missions and ministry enhancements. In 2019, 16 requests were received. Due to declining Congregational Mission Offerings (CMO), fewer designated gifts to Home Missions, and higher than expected funding requests from current home mission churches, the BHM was only able to approve financial support for one new start and one ministry enhancement. Two other new starts were approved with financial support coming from other avenues for the coming two fiscal years.
2019 Home Missions New Starts:
- Houston, Tex. – A dedicated group of core members from other WELS churches around Houston are starting their new mission “inside the loop” of Interstate 610. This urban neighborhood is seeing a resurgence in popularity as people are looking to be closer to the city center.
2019 Home Missions – Unsubsidized:
- Folsom, Calif. – St. Mark’s, Citrus Heights, is daughtering a new congregation called Foundation Lutheran Church in Folsom, a growing community in the greater Sacramento area. A generous WELS donor has come forward to help support this new mission.
- Wesley Chapel, Fla. – A nearby WELS church is closing, but members are committed to starting a new home mission in this promising community, using the funds made available from the sale of the other church property.
2019 Home Missions Enhancements:
- Martin Luther Lutheran Church, Oshkosh, Wis. – For over 35 years, Martin Luther, WELS Campus Ministry, and other local WELS congregations have supported a campus ministry at the Rising Son Ministry Center on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus. In partnership with Martin Luther financial support, reserve funds have been allocated by the Campus Ministry Committee to help support a third pastor at Martin Luther. The pastor will serve half-time at Martin Luther and half-time at Rising Son Campus Ministry.