About 100 Missions in 10 Years
Start 100 new home mission churches in 10 years. That’s 10 missions each year, 10 new dots on the map throughout North America. During the same time, we want to support 75 enhancement grants to help existing congregations reach more souls, often in other cultures. It’s an aggressive plan. To some, it might seem unachievable. Can our synod do this? Do we have the manpower, money, and ministry resources?
We trust that God will bless our efforts. This initiative isn’t as much about planting more churches but about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s about aggressively reaching lost souls. It’s about Christ’s mission to his church. You know that mission: “Go and make disciples of all nations.” But consider the words that Jesus spoke right before that: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Look at the one who commissioned us. He is the one who said to the wind and waves, “Quiet, be still,” and to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take up your mat and walk,” and to Lazarus, “Come out.” He is the one who died, rose from the dead, and descended into hell proving and proclaiming his victory. Death was put to death. The devil defeated. The powers of sin destroyed.
This is the Jesus who has commissioned us. This is the Jesus who rules over his church on earth. This is the Jesus who has equipped us! This initiative is about aggressively and confidently doing the work that he has called all of us to do.
There are still many out there waiting to be found and reached. They just don’t know it yet. So let’s support this. Let’s do our part to get after it, trusting that God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.
Pastor Mark Gabb
Home Missions chairman
This is a big goal.
Why start 100 home missions in 10 years?
… to reach more people like Lauren.
The Life of a
Home Mission Church
No community is the same. No core group is the same. No soul is the same. But we know that all people have the same need for a Savior from sin. Those differences mean that no home mission church starts the same way or follows the same path to maturity. However, we pray that all WELS home mission churches contribute in their own unique way to the ultimate outcome: winning souls for Jesus through the proclamation of the gospel.
Home mission approved
A home missionary is called/assigned and works with the core group to plan further community outreach. New church planters participate in the church planter coaching program. The group chooses a name for their church.
A core group of WELS members in Windsor, Colo., are committed to “making disciples of all nations” right in their own backyard. Hear how they’ve been partnering with WELS Home Missions to plant a new church in their community, all in an effort to take the light to the darkness in Windsor, Colo.
Equipment is purchased for worship in a rented space. The mission ramps up outreach and looks to increase name awareness in the community.
Foundation in Folsom, Calif., has been worshiping in local parks since launching public worship during the COVID pandemic. Hear how God put Foundation in the right place at the perfect time for Clark Woods to hear the gospel message.
Expanding church members begins exploration to buy land or purchase an existing facility for a permanent church home, often with WELS Church Extension Fund support.
Putting down roots
A permanent facility is purchased and remodeled or built from scratch. Personal evangelism efforts continue, and the home mission is a solid community presence.
A growing membership and spiritual maturity and stewardship lead to higher local support for the church, freeing up Home Missions resources to plant other missions.
WELS churches reach more souls
Healthy WELS churches with an outreach mindset grow Christ’s kingdom and reach more souls locally and through expanded synod mission efforts at home and abroad.
Recent home mission churches support the planting of additional home missions through daughtering new churches, starting a second site, enhancing their ministry to reach a new demographic in their community, and/or supporting WELS home and world mission efforts through Congregation Mission Offerings and special gifts.
Current Home Mission
Red = Home Missions funded: The home mission church receives direct financial support and assistance through their district mission board, mission counselor, and synodical support staff. They also have full access to loans and grants from WELS Church Extension Fund and the Board for Home Missions.
Blue = Self-funded: The home mission church does not receive direct financial support, but receives assistance through their district mission board, mission counselor, and synodical support staff. They also have access to loans and grants from WELS Church Extension Fund and the Board for Home Missions. Home mission congregations that have become financially self-supporting often remain an unsubsidized home mission for a few years before removing their label as a home mission church.