Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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Living Hope Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

The WELS, established in 1850, is a Biblically-conservative church body with an enthusiasm for children and outreach. With more than 1,200 congregations and 400,000 church members, the WELS is the third largest Lutheran church in the United States.

WELS has a strong history in education and missions. The church body’s congregations support 370 elementary schools, 313 early education programs and 23 high schools, as well as more than 100 missionaries and more than 200 national workers sharing the gospel worldwide.

  • WELS World Missions is reaching out with the saving message of the gospel by exploring evangelism opportunities, planting churches, training leaders, and mentoring fellow Lutheran Christians worldwide.
  • Special Ministries offers spiritual and practical guidance and training to congregations and individuals as they share God’s love to those with special needs or in special circumstances such as the blind, the deaf, and the developmentally disabled.
  • Christian Life Resources provides counseling for women in crisis, and maintains a home for unwed pregnant mothers.
  • WELS Relief Fund dispenses aide for the needy.  This money has been used to ease the pain of victims of tsunamis, famine, earthquakes, and severe storms worldwide.
  • WELS Kingdom Workers assist in rebuilding and offering help for hurricane, tornado, and storm victims around the country. They welcome volunteers to be a part of their work.

The teachings of WELS Lutheran Churches are those of the original, ancient church of the apostles and early Christians. They are the teachings of the Bible, based on the words written by the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. The Holy Bible tells us about Jesus Christ’s atoning sacrifice for all sinners, and his loving command to spread the good news of salvation to the world.



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