Marriage documents

Key Convention Documents – 2017 Synod Convention

Find the 2017 Book of Reports and Memorials, Synod Convention delegate book, voting and advisory delegates, floor committees, and delegate reimbursement form.

Elections – 2017 Synod Convention

Ballot, nominees, and position descriptions for the elections at the 2017 Synod Convention in Watertown, Wis., July 31 – August 3, 2017.

Daily Agenda – 2017 Synod Convention

View the most updated agenda for each day of the 2017 Synod Convention.

Please note: Agenda is subject and likely to change.




Minutes – 2017 Synod Convention

View the minutes for each day of the 2017 Synod Convention.

Resolutions – 2017 Synod Convention

View the resolutions presented at the 2017 Synod Convention. Resolutions have been adopted unless otherwise noted.

Whistleblower procedures

Whistleblower policies and procedures

WELS Tax Manual

The 1989 WELS Synod convention adopted a resolution instructing the synod’s Board of Trustees to issue a tax information manual to each congregation and synodical-affiliated organization (Proceedings, p. 162).
Each WELS congregation and organization is responsible for reproducing and distributing the tax manual to its workers, treasurers and other interested parties. The tax manual is designed to be topical so it is important that all congregational workers receive a copy of the entire manual. This distribution will help treasurers understand the nature of called workers’ taxes and help called workers understand the complexities of congregational reporting.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this tax manual is for informational purposes related to federal income taxes and is based only on the resources that WELS has at its disposal. Individuals, congregations, schools or other parasynodical organizations using the information contained in this tax manual should consult a qualified tax consultant/professional to be sure that the information relied upon applies to their particular situation.

WELS Yearbook and leadership information

WELS Yearbook and leadership information

Joint statements

For the past four years, representatives from our synod and from the Evangelical Lutheran Synod have been meeting for informal discussions with counterparts from the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  At the most recent meeting, held December 1 – 3, participants unanimously adopted a document that reports on the results of the meetings that have taken place.  The report also looks ahead to the future and outlines some the areas that still need to be addressed.

As you will read in the report, those involved in the meetings have agreed that God has blessed these meetings and that there have been real benefits and blessings as a result of the discussions.  Please pray that God would continue to bless these efforts, to his glory.