What's inside

It’s always an honor to attend a WELS synod convention, and this year’s convention was no different. More than 400 people gathered at Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich., this past summer for the 67th Biennial Synod Convention, and Forward in Christ staff was there to report on it. Check out our coverage, including photos, news updates, interviews, and stories. A portion of President Mark Schroeder’s report to the convention is also included in the September issue as well as an adaptation of one of the devotions.

This month, you also meet two women who share stories of God’s grace to them. Anna Linden, born and raised in Eastern Europe, grew up not knowing about Jesus and his grace. Cherry Simpson, born and raised WELS, rediscovers grace after being excommunicated. Be sure to read these faith-filled stories.

- Julie Wietzke, managing editor

This is WELS

Read Jeremiah Gumm's May, June, or July devotion.

Vietnam pastors

God’s grace in Vietnam

Bible study Jesus Cares

A new home for Jesus Cares Ministries

men working on new deck

Where are they now? Living Promise, Morristown, Tenn.

pastor in africa

WELS news briefs: October 2023

many kids sitting on rocks

District news: October 2023

cross and crown logo and overview of the convention attendees

Delegates play an important role in synod’s ministry


Always say a prayer

Please explain: What does it mean that Jesus’ enemies would become a footstool for his feet?

Bible study: Different types of sin

Please explain: Why did God cruelly command Abraham to sacrifice his son?