WELS’ 65th biennial convention is now underway at Martin Luther College (MLC), New Ulm, Minn., under the theme “For the Generations to Come.”
“The theme of the 2019 synod convention emphasizes the privilege and responsibility that we have to hold on to God’s saving truth for ourselves and to pass it down to those who will come after us,” says WELS President Mark Schroeder.
The synod convention helps set the priorities and chart the direction of the synod’s areas of ministry in the coming years. About 400 delegates—including pastors, male teachers, male staff ministers, and laymen—have the opportunity to provide grassroots input about the work that we do together as a synod.
The convention opened with a worship service at MLC’s Chapel of the Christ on Monday evening, July 29. Nearly 700 people attended that service.
The first order of business at this year’s convention is the election for synod president, to be followed by the election of WELS’ second vice president. Delegates will also elect chairmen and members for various synod committees and boards.
Throughout the convention, the delegates will hear reports from WELS’ areas of ministry so that the delegates are well informed as they work in floor committees and present resolutions to the full convention. These reports also help the delegates as they come together to adopt a ministry financial plan for the synod for the next two years. This ministry financial plan will detail how WELS will use the financial resources God provides to carry out his work.
On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 30, Rev. Jonathan Hein will present his convention essay, titled “For the Generations to Come.” Hein will present on the challenges and opportunities facing WELS as it carries out God’s mission today and in the future.
Closing worship is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Aug. 1, and will include the installation of the synod officers elected this week.
Follow the convention from home by visiting wels.net/2019synodconvention. The majority of the convention will be streamed live. In addition, WELS will provide daily video and news updates along with photos from all the convention’s activities. As floor committee resolutions are presented, those resolutions will be posted to the convention website as well as daily convention minutes.