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.

Resolutions – 2015 Synod Convention

View the resolutions presented at the 2015 Synod Convention. Resolutions have been adopted unless otherwise noted.

Minutes – 2015 Synod Convention

View the minutes for each day of the 2015 Synod Convention.

Daily Agenda – 2015 Synod Convention

View the most updated agenda for each day of the 2015 Synod Convention.

Please note: Agenda is subject and likely to change.

2015 Synod Convention shuttle schedule

View and download the 2015 Synod Convention shuttle schedule by airport arrival and departure times. Schedules available for Detroit, Flint, and Saginaw airports.

Marriage documents

Official Synod Reports

Find the most recent and archived Annual Report, the Book of Reports and Memorials, Proceedings, and Report to the Twelve Districts, along with the synod constitution, yearbook listing.

WELS Annual Report

The WELS Annual Report provides a clear picture of the synod and the activities carried out by its areas of ministry. Copies of the report are mailed in January to all congregations as well as to members who have made a direct gift to WELS during the year.

If you would like someone to present this year’s Annual Report to your board or congregation, call WELS Ministry of Christian Giving at 800-827-5482 to be connected to a counselor in your area. Note: Counselors will bring extra copies of the Annual Report to distribute during their presentation. More copies of the report are available at Northwestern Publishing House.

You can also give your own Annual Report presentation using the PowerPoint available below.

2015 Synod Convention unpublished memorials

The following convention memorials were submitted after the deadline for the printed Book of Reports and Memorials.