Brand new church planters gather together with experienced home missionaries for a Church Planter Intensive at Eternal Rock in Castle Rock, Colo. Experienced church planter Jared Oldenburg, home missionary at Eternal Rock, developed the program and leads the training. This extended weekend seminar encourages and equips pastors who are called to plant brand new home mission churches. After the weekend, new church planters are paired with a coach from an established mission church to guide them along the way.

WELS Church Extension Fund (CEF), a valuable partner of WELS Home Missions, supports the spread of the gospel by providing loans and grants to WELS home mission congregations. They provide home mission churches a 4-to-1 matching grant for initial land purchase based on their 10% down payment as well as a 2-to-1 matching grant on a home mission congregation’s 10% down payment for their facility construction project. Learn more at wels.net/cef.

District mission boards (DMBs) and home mission churches are supported by three home mission counselors, a Hispanic outreach consultant, a North American Asian ministry consultant, and a Campus Ministry Counselor. These six mission counselors work with the DMBs to find, evaluate, and develop new home mission locations. They also provide onsite assistance to home mission congregations and counseling and training to the new missionaries who are called to serve them. This support is crucial in guiding mission congregations on the way to becoming self-supporting congregations.

District mission boards (DMB) are the heart and core of Home Missions comprised of 2-4 pastors and 2-4 laymen volunteers. They are the “boots on the ground” as they support existing missions and work with area congregations to identify new locations for home missions in cities, communities, and among various people groups. District mission boards help to build a solid foundation for each new mission start in various ways, including a two-year coaching program for home missionaries and identifying and developing solid core groups of members.