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WELS news briefs: January 2024

Home missions |

At its fall 2023 meeting, the Board for Home Missions approved a new mission start in Buffalo, Wyo. A group of 27 WELS members living in the Buffalo area have been worshiping weekly in the local civic center since March 2020, led by the pastor from Lord of Lords in Casper, Wyo. (pictured). Core group members have started three different Bible study/book study opportunities outside of Sunday worship and Bible study and are actively inviting friends to join. Home Missions also approved four mission enhancements in California, Florida, Wisconsin, and New Mexico.

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Learn more> about the 20 new mission starts and enhancements from 2023 at

Lutheran schools |

A WELS Theology Curriculum Task Force began meeting in 2023. This is the first phase for the development of a new theology curriculum for WELS schools. Consisting of pastors and teachers representing early childhood through high school instruction, this task force has begun a two-year process of developing a vision and framework for how God’s Word will be taught from infancy to grade 12 at WELS schools. “Though God’s Word hasn’t changed, certainly teaching methods, technology, and the people we’re serving have changed over the past 30 years, so we thought it was a good time to take a closer look at how we can serve them in the best possible way,” says James Rademan, director of Lutheran Schools. Melanie Giddings is serving part time as the curriculum coordinator, organizing the work of the task force. In 2025, work on developing a new curriculum around the vision and framework developed by the task force will begin.

Learn more> about the task force’s work at under “Featured video.”

Author: FIC
Volume: 111, Number 01
Issue: January 2024

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