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.

cross and crown logo and Benjamin Foxen Makisimu Musa, Mary and son Nathanael Evan behind

A true family

Two convention delegates visiting with each other at their table at synod convention 2023

Meet a delegate

cross and crown logo with delegates at convention in background

2023 synod convention photos

cross and crown logo and overview of the convention attendees

Delegates play an important role in synod’s ministry

Camilo Herrera Sunday worship restaurant in Bogotá, Colombia. Missionary Matthew Behmer

Where are they now? Lucho and Camilo Herrera

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Statistical report shows “post-COVID sorting” in WELS


Please explain: How is church discipline a loving practice of the church?

My Christian life: One woman’s gratitude for being excommunicated

Q&A: Is it wrong to have a cross with Jesus’ body on it?

Bible study: Different types of sin