ShopWELS program requirements

ShopWELS is a cooperative buying program that offers a directory of approved partners in the ShopWELS Program that can benefit our churches (about 1300) and schools/pre-schools (about 500). The relationship of the ShopWELS partner and the church, school or individual is initiated through the program. ShopWELS is the handshake between partner and customer. No negotiations, contracts, invoices or payments are routed through the program once the connection has been made.

Here are the program requirements:

  1. The partner is required to provide some kind of unique value to our constituents in the form of discounts, specialized services, customized specials, or preferred pricing.
  2. The partner is required to have a national presence or be able to service all domestic locations.
  3. The partner is required to offer a single point of contact for simplicity.
  4. The partner is required to share quarterly reports. The detail of the reports may vary depending on type of service or product offered.
  5. The partner is required to have WELS approve promotional communications to ShopWELS customers.

The partners that are part of ShopWELS have the trust of WELS churches, schools, organizations, and individuals. With that trust, the partner has the ability to promote their products and services to a wide audience. Promotional content is distributed through regular emails, website articles, and other communications from WELS to its member organizations.

If your organization is interested in partnering with ShopWELS, contact us.


Why does the synod need a purchasing program like ShopWELS? Find answers to your questions in the ShopWELS FAQ section.


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