WELS Women's Ministry
Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod
2929 Mayfair Road
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4398
Phone: 414-256-3888 Contact Via Email
WELS Women’s Ministry
Definition: A mission statement defines the unchanging reason an organization exists. Changing a mission statement makes a fundamental change in the very essence of the organization. A mission statement does not state how the organization will carry out that mission; this is left to a statement of objectives, a vision statement and/or a strategic plan.
As background information, we consider the mission statements of WELS and the Commission on Adult Discipleship:
WELS Mission Statement
As men, women, and children united in faith and worship by the Word of God, the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod exists to make disciples throughout the world for time and for eternity, using the Gospel in Word and Sacrament to win the lost for Christ and to nurture believers for lives of Christian service, all to the glory of God.
Objectives (of the six objectives of WELS, we take special note of the fourth one):
To encourage and equip each other for the application of our faith, reflecting Christ's love in lives of Christian service to the Lord, his Church, and his world;
WELS ADULT DISCIPLESHIP Mission Statement
WELS Adult Discipleship exists to assist congregations and called workers in developing lifelong learners from amongst themselves. Learners who are imitators of their Savior. The commission provides and promotes tools for spiritual growth through Bible studies and other resources. These tools equip us for Christian living and giving, mutual encouragement, and for training spiritual leaders.
WELS WOMEN’S MINISTRY Mission Statement Motivated solely by the gospel, WELS Women’s Ministry exists to assist our congregations in nurturing, encouraging and equipping women to faithfully and fully use their God-given gifts to glorify God.
1 Corinthians 12:27 – Now we are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Objectives WELS Women’s Ministry, always using Scripture as its guiding principle, has the following objectives:
To encourage and model personal study of the Bible and use of the Sacraments so that the gospel message may be proclaimed boldly and clearly in our daily lives
To work under the WELS Commission on Adult Discipleship
To work together with men to fully understand from Scripture how we are all to serve God
To explore scripturally sound opportunities for service in every calling of life from home, to church, to the world
To equip women to fulfill their callings
To develop fresh approaches to God-pleasing ministries for women
To offer a variety of venues for communicating and sharing ideas
To thank God for the solid foundation of faith and service he has given to us as an example in the many godly women and men in our congregations who’ve gone before us
THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
The Executive Team of WELS Women’s Ministry exists to set the tone and direction of the Women’s Ministry as a whole.
1 Peter 4:10, 11 – Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
·To ensure Scripture is always used as the guiding principle for all of the work of WELS Women’s Ministry
·To create an integrated plan for the future of the Ministry, and to monitor progress toward this plan
·To facilitate and ensure the various teams work together toward a common set of goals
·To develop and enhance the leadership capabilities of the women of WELS
·To coordinate the delivery of theologically sound Bible study and other spiritual material written specifically for women
·To provide a central point of contact for the work of the Ministry
THE CONFERENCE PLANNING TEAM
The Conference Planning Team of WELS Women’s Ministry exists to organize and lead conferences for the purpose of helping women to grow in their knowledge of Scripture, to become better equipped to use their spiritual gifts to their fullest and to encourage one another in their lives of service to God.
Hebrews 13:20-21 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
·To organize and host national and/or regional women’s conferences on a regular basis
·To encourage and equip women for Bible study so that the gospel message may be proclaimed boldly and clearly in their daily lives
·To provide women with opportunities to network and learn from others how they can serve God
THE CONGREGATIONAL MINISTRIES TEAM
The Congregational Ministries Team of WELS Women’s Ministry exists to provide resources, advice and encouragement that foster an environment of heightened ministry among WELS women of all ages.
2 Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
·To provide resources and ministry organization models to create and strengthen women’s ministry at the congregational level
·To provide resources that assist women in identifying and using their spiritual gifts for the benefit of the church and to God’s glory
·To provide advice and encouragement to women of all ages in their desire to grow in faith
THE PUBLICATIONS TEAM
The Publications Team of WELS Women’s Ministry exists to provide high quality materials and communications that support the mission of WELS Women’s Ministry.
Titus 2:1 – You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine
·To assist in the production of scripturally sound materials that enhance the spiritual growth of women
·To create a distinctive format for produced materials
·To create and implement a variety of venues for communicating the work of WELS Women’s Ministry
·To work closely with each team to maintain a consistent image for WELS Women’s Ministry
THE WEB SITE TEAM
The Web Site Team of WELS Women’s Ministry exists to promote the purposes of WELS Women’s Ministry via the Internet.
Acts 1:8 – You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth
·To work with WELS Communication Services to design and maintain a Web site for the Ministry
·To work closely with the Publications Team to ensure a consistent message and image for all communication
·To coordinate the posting of material to this Web site