Speaker Requests

Request a missionary speaker at your next event! WELS missionaries are available to talk about how Christ is working in the hearts of people here in the United States and around the world. Fill out the calendar event submission form to detail your request.

Frequently Asked Questions – Mission Speaker Requests

What types of events can I request a mission speaker for?

Mission speakers can be requested for mission festival services at church, LWMS rallies, school events and everything in between. Typically, missionaries and other ordained speakers lead mission-themed Sunday worship and present on WELS missions in place of the bible class that Sunday. Other non-ordained speakers often present in place of bible class on Sundays.

Who typically speaks at mission presentations?

Past speakers have come from the following groups:

  • Home Mission Pastors or World missionaries
  • Home and World Mission Administrators
  • Professors from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary involved in the Pastoral Studies Institute
  • World Missions – Administrative Committee members
  • Home Missions – District Mission Board members

How soon will my request be processed? Am I guaranteed a speaker?

Please allow a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for your request to be processed and speaker to be confirmed. Prior commitments and time zone differences while communicating with potential speakers can take a significant amount of time to work around. If you submit your speaker request less than 6 weeks out from your event date, we will try our best to find a mission speaker but we cannot guarantee one will be confirmed.

September through early November is the busiest time for speaker requests, while the summer months are less requested. Summer last minute requests are easier to fulfill than in fall when many of our speakers have prior speaker engagements.

Once speakers are finalized, your event will be publicized on the WELS Community Events calendar.

Am I guaranteed a missionary from the mission field I requested?

While we try our hardest to consider all requests, sometimes specific missionaries are not available. Related speakers such as the World or Home Mission Administrator or members from the committee that oversee the mission field you requested could be assigned.

If you are looking for a world missionary, consider requesting a speaker during the summer months. World missionaries are often in the United States on furlough during that time and available for speaker engagements.

Do I have to have a specific date chosen when requesting a mission speaker?

No. In fact we encourage you leave the date flexible! Flexibility on your part could mean you have a better chance at getting a speaker from a specific mission field of your choice, and it also leaves us with additional options to ensure your request is fulfilled.

What are my responsibilities as a mission speaker organizer?

As a mission speaker organizer, you are responsible for coordinating logistics with the speaker once one has been assigned to your event as well as publicizing the event. All travel expenses should be reimbursed by the church or group they are visiting.It is the organizer and speaker’s responsibly to coordinate reimbursement details before the event.

Please see the Missions Gifts and Guidelines Form for further details on mission speaker honorariums and how to handle any freewill offerings collected for missions.

What resources are available to me to help promote the mission speaker event?

Print resources will be mailed to you before your event. World and Home Mission Overview handouts, Forward in Christ Special Editions for Missions, and mission maps will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks before your event.

If you request a mission kit to accompany your event, the materials will be included in that kit instead of mailed separately (as space allows).

Artifact and bulletin board kits for various mission fields are available, free of charge, for use in promoting your event. To take advantage of this free promotional resource, reserve your kit online at https://missionsdisplaykits.wels.net/.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions about the mission speaker request process or promotional resources that are available to you, please email our missions promotions team at missionspromotions@wels.net.

Request a mission speaker for your event

Please submit your event details. Pay special attention to the “Additional Fields” section that pertains to a mission speaker request.