Foreign Travel Insurance

The Foreign Travel Insurance Request form must be completed within 90 but not less than 30 days prior to the commencement of travel. No coverage will be provided for any travel unless the online form has been completed and approved. Please make sure that you take this time requirement into your trip planning timeline.

International travelers are advised to make no travel arrangements until the travel request has been approved by WELS. Please visit for travel advisories.

All international travel should be booked through WELS International Travel Partner, Fox World Travel. If you are not planning on booking your travel through Fox, please give a brief explanation why you are not using Fox World Travel on the form.

Complete the online Foreign Travel Insurance Request form.

Report to the Twelve Districts 2018 – Online Reports

The Report to the Twelve Districts, put out in even years, reports the work of the synod to the districts for their conventions.

Documents from the WELS Conference of Presidents

The following documents are provided by the Conference of Presidents to help WELS congregations. The documents available for download include:

WELS 2018 Call Reports

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Pastor, teacher, and staff minister call report

The call report details when pastors, teachers, and staff ministers change positions within WELS. The Conference of Presidents oversees and coordinates the calling process.

*CRM: “Candidatus Reverendi Ministerii.” This means that a person does not currently hold a divine call but is eligible to receive one. He is a “Candidate for the Holy Ministry.”

*Obituaries: From now on, deaths reported on the call report will only be for called workers who are actively serving at the time of their death or for those who have retired from active ministry. This reflects the current Yearbook policy set by the Conference of Presidents.

View 2019 Call Reports

Synod Convention Presentations

The PowerPoint presentations and videos available below were presented at the 2017 Synod Convention, July 31-Aug. 3, at Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis. The presentations and videos may contain information that delegates find valuable as they share the convention proceedings with their local congregations.


Additional addendum resources:
Jon Hein – Demographic Study video
Earle Treptow – Compensation Calculator Demo video
Earle Treptow – Supporting Called Workers Bible Study video


Tuesday morning session video
Tuesday afternoon session video
Wednesday morning session video
Wednesday afternoon session video


Note: No special guests or missions presentations will be available due to security protocol.

*due to linked data of multiple files, a PDF is provided instead of a PowerPoint.

Key Convention Graphics – 2017 Synod Convention

Download the Our Great Heritage logo and the stage banners as seen at the 2017 synod convention. If you have any questions about artwork please contact WELS Communication Services at

Human Resources – Called Worker Compensation

En Cristo

Supplemental BORAM materials

The following documents are referenced in the Book of Reports and Memorials, but are not printed. They are available to view online and download for your reference.

Safeguarding Religious Freedom Sample Policies for WELS Congregations, Schools, and Organizations

Safeguarding Religious Freedom
Sample Policies for WELS Congregations, Schools, and Organizations

In a changing moral climate, God’s people can continue to make a profound impact as faithful witnesses to his love and truth. Given the freedom to live out and exercise our faith, WELS congregations, schools, and affiliated organizations can engage what is sometimes a hostile social and political culture in ways that offer clear light and enduring hope amid the growing spiritual darkness.  We do that by proclaiming law and gospel, not primarily to change society or human behavior, but to change hearts through the powerful working of the Holy Spirit.