The Commission on Discipleship is actually the merger of Adult Discipleship and Youth and Family.  Family ministry is a big emphasis of the Commission.   Congregational encouragement, resources, and training will focus on these areas:


  • Youth Retention
  • Early Childhood Ministry
  • Sunday School
  • Confirmation
  • Apologetics
  • International Youth Rally


  • Marriage Enrichment
  • WELS Men & Women’s Ministry
  • Small/Growth Group Ministries
  • Interactive Faith Bible Studies


  • Family Faith
  • Member Integration
  • Closing the Backdoor  (member loss prevention)
  • Elder training


Our WELS Commission on Discipleship provides resources, encouragement, and training to assist congregations as they seek to strengthen individuals and families in their connection to Christ and their ongoing walk of faith.

Visit the Congregational Services resource site for free tools and training resources available for all WELS congregations.

Latest News

Interactive Faith coming this fall

Rev. Keith Wessel, professor at Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., will lead the next Interactive Faith Bible study, which will be streamed online live each Wednesday, Sept. 9 through Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CDT.

What We Do


Interactive Faith

Adult Discipleship offers LIVE online Bible studies for use by congregations, small groups, or individuals to serve as a mid-week Bible study.

Marriage enrichment


Online marriage resources, such as Marriage Moments and Marriage Maintenance are available on the Congregational Services website.

Women’s Ministry

Women’s Ministry, part of WELS Adult Discipleship, offers Bibles studies, devotions, and more.


Kids Connection

Kids Connection is a video news magazine featuring interesting and spiritually uplifting stories about people, places, and programs around WELS.

WELS International Youth Rally


The WELS International Youth Rally is a biennial event that exists to provide youth and youth leaders from across the synod a large-scale worship, education, fellowship, recreation, and service opportunity that deepens commitment to Christ and his church.

Videos from the Commission Discipleship

Discipleship resources for called workers and congregational leaders are available on the WELS Resource Center.


WELS Discipleship provides resources for individuals and congregations nationwide. Consider supporting these ministries with your prayers and gifts.


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