2023 Synod Convention host

Michigan Lutheran Seminary

Convention news

Submitting memorials

The deadline for submitting memorials to be printed in the Book of Reports and Memorials is Jan. 15, 2023. Memorials submitted after Jan. 15 and approved for convention consideration will be posted on this convention website, if they are received by June 15, 2023.

Nomination alert

The synod Nominating Committee will meet in January 2023 to propose candidates for positions to be elected at the 2023 synod convention.

All WELS pastors, male professors, and teachers, and voting members of WELS congregations are authorized by the constitution to submit nominations by Nov. 30, 2022. Access to the position descriptions and the nomination form are available online.

The list of candidates will be posted online by May 15, 2023. The delegates will elect one candidate for each position at the 2023 synod convention.


About the 2023 synod convention

The synod in convention is the legislative body of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). It establishes, reviews, and amends the policies and the direction of WELS as we pursue our mission.
The purpose of the synod convention is

  • to meet as a delegate synod to carry out the responsibilities of the legislative body of WELS,
  • to celebrate God’s blessings on our ministry in the past,
  • to nurture our faith, and
  • to set in motion an agreed-upon plan of ministry for the future.

Michigan Lutheran Seminary (MLS)
2777 Hardin Street, Saginaw, Mich. 48602

Website: mlsem.org
Phone: 989-793-1010

Monday, July 31–Thursday, August 3, 2023

About 400 delegates chosen by the districts attend the convention. Male called workers (pastors, teachers, and staff ministers) and voting lay members of WELS congregations make up the voting body of the synod convention. In addition, representatives from synod governance (Conference of Presidents and Synodical Council) as well as representatives of various WELS and parasynodical ministries and missions attend the convention as advisors or observers.

Topics will range from ministry and administrative operations to the financial ministry plan (budget). The Book of Reports and Memorials (BORAM) includes information about any topics to be discussed and any items of business to be determined at the convention. It is important for delegates to familiarize themselves with the BORAM ahead of the convention.


The 66th biennial synod convention · July 26 – 28, 2021 · Luther Preparatory School · Watertown, Wis.

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