Book of Reports and Memorials online

The 2015 Book of Reports and Memorials (BORAM) is now available online. This book summarizes the activities of each area of ministry over the last year and contains the proposed ministry financial plan for the next biennium. The information in BORAM will help guide the 400 delegates to WELS’ 63rd biennial convention, which is being held at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., July 27-30, under the theme “One in Christ.”

One of the important items of business at the convention is approving the ministry financial plan for the next biennium.

“The ministry financial plan is not just a budget,” says Rev. Mark Schroeder, president of WELS. “It’s really a description of the ministry we carry out and the resources used to support that ministry. The proposed plan includes support for four to five new home missions, expanded work in existing and new world mission fields, assistance to confessional Lutheran church bodies around the world, and continued support for our ministerial education schools on all levels. Even though the plan features no increase in synodical support, expanded work is possible because of the expected payoff of the synod debt and increased funds from other sources, including reserves and significant grants from the WELS Church Extension Fund and WELS Foundation.”

In addition to the areas of ministry, some special synod committees also submitted reports for this year’s BORAM, including the Ad Hoc Commission 2, which was created through a resolution passed at the 2013 synod convention. Rev. Joel Voss, second vice president of WELS, is chairman of the commission. He explains that the commission’s report lists 13 topics considered by the commission as well as its recommendations. Voss notes, “Those topics run the gamut of our synod’s work—administration, finances, home and world missions, synod schools, etc.”

The WELS Hymnal Project and a committee working on plans for celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 also report on their progress in BORAM.

Memorials are also included in BORAM. A memorial is a formal request to the synod convention for specific action. Additional memorials to the 2015 convention may still be submitted, but the President’s Office must receive them by June 15 in order for them to be considered. To learn more about how to submit a memorial or to read the 2015 Book of Reports and Memorials, visit

One printed copy of BORAM is being mailed to each delegate, congregation, and male called worker. These printed copies should arrive the week of May 18.


Announcements about WELS Night at Miller Park

WELS President Mark Schroeder will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch and Koine lead singer Brian Davison will be singing the National Anthem during the second annual WELS Night at Miller Park on Fri., Aug., 14. Make plans to join other WELS members for an evening at Miller Park to watch the Brewers take on the Phillies.

Last August, more than 1,700 WELS members attended the inaugural WELS Night at Miller Park.

This year’s tickets for WELS members and guests are discounted up to 50 percent and are reserved all together in a block of seats. Groups of 20 or more can avoid the online service charge by contacting WELS member Jason Fry, senior manager—ticket sales, at 414-902-4516 or

Get your church group together to enjoy a relaxing evening out, catch up with old friends, and cheer on the Brewers. Tickets can be purchased online at


Women’s Ministry committee meets

The Women’s Ministry Committee, part of the WELS Commission on Adult Discipleship, met last week at the WELS Center for Mission and Ministry, Waukesha, Wis. The gathering included all members of the executive, development, conference planning, and congregational ministries teams. The full group meets once every two to three years.

Naomi Schmidt, a member of the executive team, says, “Having the opportunity to sit down at a table, face to face, allowed us to make tremendous strides on several important projects. It also allowed us to spend several hours in Bible study together, giving us the strong foundation of Scripture to guide and motivate all we do. The unity we experienced deepened friendships to the glory of God and was a blessing that makes the communication so much easier.”

The women used their time at the conference to make headway on conference planning for their upcoming 2016 Women’s Ministry Conference on July 21-23, 2016, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.

In addition to conference planning, the committee made plans to continue developing resources such as devotions, Bible studies, and Advent by Candlelight programs for women and women’s groups in congregations. All resources are available for free online