If WELS were to lose tens of thousands of members, that affects our ability to send out missionaries both stateside and around the world. If WELS closes hundreds of churches, that has massive implications for our worker training system,

To turn around the statistical decline, we need to open the front door and shut the back door.

Consider that currently our back-door losses are around 8,000 souls per year. Our current communicant member to adult confirmation ratio is 83 to 1.

In one generation, we could grow by 3% if back-door losses were cut by 20% and if adult confirmations are 55:1.

In one generation, we could grow by 14% if back-door losses were cut by 33% and if adult confirmations were 45:1.

Read the “For the Generations to Come” casebook.

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