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Pastors. Teachers. Staff ministers. These people serve in the public ministry in our synod.

Our issue this month shares more about the public ministry, including what it means to be called. It also explains the special privilege called workers have of proclaiming the forgiveness of sins publicly to believers during worship.

How congregations use pastors, teachers, and staff ministers in ministry varies from church to church. See how different forms of ministry work in several congregations in this month’s “Free in Christ” article.

Our cover story this month shows a young Ukrainian man’s journey into public ministry and how he discovered God’s faithfulness in his life during good times and bad.

Finally, you’ll meet the newest WELS called workers, graduates from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis., and Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn., who received their assignments into the public ministry this past May.

- Julie Wietzke, managing editor

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Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduating class 2024

2024 Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduates

5 female Martin Luther College grads

2024 Martin Luther College graduates

Mary and Steve Witte

Tragedy strikes world missionary and his family

Installation of Western Wisconsin District officers

District convention news 2024

woman sitting around table praying

Supporting others with prayer

quarters for parking random acts of kindness

Random acts of kindness spark connections

people taking a selfie home missions

WELS Home Missions approves new missions


Tragedy strikes world missionary and his family

2024 Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary graduates

My Christian life: A journey from Ukraine to the United States

Trust in the Lord