Since the 1960s, WELS World Missions has been working to share the gospel in Mexico. For many years, the efforts of missionaries focused on seminary instruction, counseling congregations, and assisting in the establishment and operation of the national church. Learn more about WELS mission history in Mexico.
The fruits of those efforts are seen in WELS’ sister synod, Iglesia Evangelica Luterana Confesional (IELC). The congregations in Mexico are widely scattered. The members of these congregations are doctrinally sound and thoroughly Lutheran, gathering regularly around the means of grace. They are served by 6 pastors and 2 pastors-in-training.
As the national pastors have taken over what had been the work of the missionaries in their national church, much of our work in Latin America generally and Mexico specifically has turned to reaching new people with the gospel through Academia Cristo’s online efforts and social media. A great many of those people being reached through Academia Cristo reside in the region’s most populous country, Mexico.
We are entering a new phase of our partnership with the existing church body. We currently have no missionaries in Mexico for the first time in many years. However, we will continue to communicate with and support our brothers and sisters in Mexico as we transition to a new stage of our work together.
Our Latin America missionaries correspond with the national church in Mexico as they take important steps towards supporting itself. Recently, IELC leaders adopted a plan to support their own ministry and outreach within five years. As our Latin American missionaries are focused on new opportunities for the gospel throughout Latin America, the congregations in Mexico are training their members in biblical stewardship of time, talents, and treasures so that they can continue to be beacons of the gospel in Mexico into the future.