The Report to the Twelve Districts, put out in even years, reports the work of the synod to the districts for their conventions.
The following documents are provided by the Conference of Presidents to help WELS congregations. The documents available for download include:
- WELS Review of the Evangelical Heritage Version Bible Translation
- WELS Review of the Christian Standard Bible Translation
- Closed communion announcement samples
- A study of marriage, divorce, malicious desertion, and remarriage in light of God’s Word
- Statement on marriage and marriage policies for WELS congregations
- Safeguarding religious freedom: sample policies for WELS congregations, schools, and organizations
- Template for bylaw article dealing with marriage and human sexuality
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
WELS Center for Mission and Ministry
Stone Ridge Drive
Waukesha, WI 53188
8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.