Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Denomination type: Lutheran Bodies
Year Reporting: 2016
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Description: The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod's (WELS) calling is to nurture the faith of members and to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world. WELS is the third largest Lutheran church body in the United States with 1,275 churches and a baptized membership of about 364,000. WELS supports work in mission fields in the United States and in countries around the world. WELS congregations - either individually or as federations - operate one of the largest parochial school systems in the United States. WELS is a member of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference, an organization of 24 confessional church bodies throughout the world.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: N16W23377 Stone Ridge Drive
Address line 2:
City: Waukesha
State: Wisconsin
Zip Code: 53188
Country: United States
Phone: 414-256-3888
Email: csc@wels.net

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Lee Hitter
Phone: 414-256-3230

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Adam Goede
Position: Supervisor, Ministry of Christian Giving
Phone: 414-256-3218

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 289,863
Other Members: 74,134
Total Inclusive Members: 363,997
Total Churches: 1,275
Average Attendance: 151,835
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 1,369
Other Service to the Church: 161
Retired: 384
Total Clergy: 1,914

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 1,083
Pupils: 20,201
Staff: 3,870
Total Individuals: 24,071

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $56,430,329.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $287,068,254.00
Total Financial: $34,349,858,300
Receipts/Expenditures: Receipts