Delegate Information

2022 Statistical Report

Each year, WELS collects data from all congregations and schools. WELS Congregational Services then publishes an annual Statistical Summary & Analysis, which is meant to put the data into broader context. In some cases, analysis of longer-term trends is provided. That is simply meant to provide information for church and synodical leaders as they plan their ministry efforts. Reading through the report from 2022 may help synod convention delegates as they consider the resolutions and reports that are presented at the convention.

Book of Reports and Memorials

The Book of Reports and Memorials (BORAM) is now available online.

2021 archive

The 2021 synod convention took place July 26 – 28, 2021, at Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, Wis.

Convention Essay | Presidents Report | Book of Reports and Memorials | Delegate Booklet | Convention Minutes: 07/26, 07/27 & 07/28


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

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.

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