|» ||Assignments at Martin Luther College and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary|
Last week the synod’s Assignment Committee met in New Ulm, Minn., to assign teacher and staff ministry candidates. The Assignment Committee is comprised of the Conference of Presidents and is assisted by various advisors. One hundred forty candidates were assigned to the teaching ministry. All candidates who were able to go anywhere were assigned. Many Continued.
|» ||Home Missions approves new projects|
The Executive Committee of WELS Board for Home Missions met on May 9 and authorized financial support for one new mission congregation and one ministry enhancement. “Even though there was limited funding this spring, we are excited about the new mission start in Houston, Texas,” says Rev. Wayne Uhlhorn, chairman of WELS Board for Home Continued.
|» ||Serving the military personnel of WELS|
Through WELS Military Services, numerous resources are available to support the faith of those who serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces. This committee operates through a national civilian chaplain and liaison to the military, a full-time civilian chaplain in Europe, and many WELS pastors who serve those stationed stateside. Two recent Continued.
|» ||Moving forward with the Vietnam opportunity|
WELS members have responded overwhelmingly to the opportunity that God has given our synod in Vietnam. Gifts have been received from hundreds of congregations and individuals, totaling half of what is needed to support the building project and ministry training costs for a two-year period. The Hmong Fellowship Church in Vietnam (HFC), a church body with Continued.
|» ||2019 Book of Reports and Memorials available online|
The 2019 Book of Reports and Memorials is now available online. This book summarizes the activities of each WELS area of ministry over the last year and contains the proposed ministry financial plan for the next biennium. The information in the Book of Reports and Memorials will help guide the 400 delegates at WELS’ 65th Continued.
|» ||Taste and learn how the Word is spread|
WELS Missions will be hosting its first ever “Taste of Missions” event, July 13, 2019, 12-5 p.m., at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis. WELS families are invited to attend this new opportunity to fellowship with WELS missionaries and families, sample ethnic cuisine from WELS mission fields, and learn more about WELS home, world, and joint Continued.
|» ||Pastors mark ministry milestones at retreat|
Another successful year of retreats is complete. From April 24–26, Grow in Grace, the institute for pastoral growth at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., hosted more than 200 people for the eighth annual Celebration of Ministry retreats. Held at the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, four retreats ran simultaneously for pastors and their wives who Continued.
|» ||Easter message from President Schroeder|
|» ||Conference of Presidents spring 2019 meeting|
At its spring meeting, the Conference of Presidents (COP) asked Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary President-elect Rev. Earle Treptow to serve as an advisory member of the COP Doctrine Committee. This will provide the opportunity for the seminary faculty to give input and counsel on doctrinal matters. It will also help to ensure continued good communication between Continued.
|» ||Welcome home!|
There are approximately 155,000 WELS individuals who come to church only one or two times per year. Some have not set foot in church in years. They are drifting toward becoming what we call a “back-door loss,” members who slip away from churches. WELS Congregational Services is planning the Welcome Home initiative for this fall. Continued.