What's inside

Can you imagine 2,200 teens and youth leaders slapping each other with tortillas? Okay, that’s not the main thing that happened at the 2022 International Youth Rally this summer. Really, teens grew in their faith, worshiped their Lord, and supported one another as they learned about their momentous purpose of serving their Lord here and now. Learn more about the rally and a new program to support WELS youth. 

Young people already are serving in our congregations and in the community. Meet four young people who are making a difference as they live their faith in their daily lives.  

Have a story about teen service from your school or congregation? Share it here.  

Julie Wietzke, managing editor

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Confessions of faith: Yaz Rodriguez

The future is now

Getting to know the new district presidents

Please explain: If I worry, am I doubting God?

Getting to know the new district presidents with pics of Pastors Daniel Leyrer and Michael Seifertl

Getting to know the new district presidents

Daniel Leyrer, Southeastern Wisconsin District president What was your upbringing like? I grew up in Milwaukee as the youngest of seven children and was blessed to have the finest set of Christian parents a child could ever ask for. My mother reflected the love of Jesus every day, was quick to share the gospel with […]

Serving communion at Minnesota District Convention opening worship

Delegates thankful to gather for district conventions

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WELS statistical report: Part of wise stewardship


District news: August 2022

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Contributing editor Greg Lyon

Pastor Greg Lyon is writing a six-part series for Forward in Christ titled "What does this mean for me?" Learn more about his series in this video and then check out the first article.