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|» ||Leaders of ELS, LCMS, and WELS meet|
About 20 leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS), the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) met in Florida on Nov. 27-28 to continue the informal discussions begun in 2012. At this seventh annual meeting, participants updated each other on news from their respective synods. They also spent time discussing Continued.
|» ||An amazing mission opportunity: Grace—Hmong outreach in Vietnam|
WELS has been given the opportunity to take the gospel to the Hmong people living in the country of Vietnam. Not only has the Hmong Fellowship Church (HFC) asked WELS to teach and train its pastors in Lutheran doctrine and practice, but WELS has also been invited by the Vietnamese government to establish a theological Continued.
|» ||One in Jesus in Asia-Oceania|
In early November, 60 Asian national church delegates and guests attended the second meeting of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) Asia-Oceania conference. The CELC comprises 32 member churches worldwide (including WELS), all of which are united by a common faith and confession. Sponsored by South Asian Lutheran Evangelical Mission (SALEM) in Hong Kong, the Continued.
|» ||Informal doctrinal discussions with the Missouri Synod continue|
Representatives of the Wisconsin Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod will meet Nov. 27 and 28 for another in a series of annual informal doctrinal discussions. These meetings have proven to be beneficial in helping the three synods better understand the doctrine and practice of one another. The meetings have opened Continued.
|» ||Conference digs into developing multi-site congregations|
More than one hundred pastors, teachers, staff ministers, laypeople, and other ministry leaders from across the country gathered in Pewaukee, Wis., Nov. 12-14, for the 2018 WELS National Multi-Site Conference. Attendees met to engage in discussions and activities about developing multi-site churches throughout WELS. Multi-site churches preach, teach, and carry out other ministry work from Continued.
|» ||Ministering to Millennials|
In November, WELS Congregational Services launched a new set of resources aimed at helping congregations minister to Millennials, those born from 1980-2000. “The Commission on Congregational Counseling has worked with so many churches that have identified that the Millennial generation is opting out of church on a large-scale basis,” says Rev. Jonathan Hein, coordinator of Continued.
|» ||Synodical Council holds fall 2018 meeting|
The Synodical Council (SC) held its fall meeting on Friday and Saturday of last week. Here are some of the highlights: Larry Schlomer, administrator of the Board for World Missions, provided an overview of the work currently being done in our mission fields around the world, with an emphasis on new opportunities that are presenting Continued.
|» ||Hundreds gather to celebrate 125 years of Apache mission work|
Over 1,200 attended the Apache 125th anniversary celebration at Peridot Lutheran church and school, Peridot, Ariz., Oct. 26–28. The event commemorated the 125th anniversary of WELS World Missions work in the Apache reservations of Arizona. Since its humble beginnings in 1893, the Apache ministry has grown, now serving over 3,600 people in a variety of Continued.
|» ||Volunteers begin cleanup after Hurricane Michael|
WELS Christian Aid and Relief is now coordinating volunteers to help with cleanup and rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Michael. Efforts are primarily focused on Amazing Grace, Panama City, Fla., which was hit directly by the storm. Amazing Grace’s church and parsonage experienced extensive damage, as did homes of several members and many in the community. Continued.
|» ||New magazine series explores witnessing|
This month’s issue of Forward in Christ magazine (FIC) is featuring a new series on witnessing. “Ambassadors: Help them see Jesus” will offer tips and strategies to help readers as they proclaim the gospel message to others. “When we come to faith, we discover the love of God; he has forgiven us and given us Continued.