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The Institute for Worship and Outreach is a group of WELS pastors who have become convinced, on the basis of study and ministry experiences, that worship forms and outreach methods can and must intersect confessionally and evangelically in efforts to proclaim the gospel of Jesus. With this perspective, they have come together to assist and encourage pastors as they strive for excellence in public worship and mission outreach.

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Resource
July 21, 2015

Jonathan Schroeder is the pastor of Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA. He serves as the Moderator of the Institute of Worship and Outreach, pastor-at-large on the Synodical Council, and is actively involved in WELS School of Outreach and WELS School of Worship.

Blog
July 21, 2015

Import the church year and lectionary into your digital calendar

Here’s a little tool to help you with your worship planning. Use the file listed below to import the Christian Worship Lectionary with supplemental readings into your digital calendar. Each event imports as a calendar event on the day it occurs. For example, Advent 1 will be imported as an event on Sunday, November 29th, 2015, and will include all the lectionary information.

Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like.

Jonathan Schroeder is the pastor of Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA. He serves as the Moderator of the Institute of Worship and Outreach, pastor-at-large on the Synodical Council, and is actively involved in WELS School of Outreach and WELS School of Worship.

Blog
March 24, 2015

Lent and Easter is such a busy time in the worship life of the Church! But it’s also a fantastic time for outreach. Easter is a holiday when unchurched people are likely to come to worship for the first time. Don’t forget to make use of all your resources to invite your prospects to worship with you on Easter.

Here are a few outreach items we’re working on here at Faith, Sharpsburg, during this week before Holy Week. Can you try any of these in your congregation? Can you expand any current efforts? These examples are offered for your consideration:

Jonathan Schroeder is the pastor of Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA. He serves as the Moderator of the Institute of Worship and Outreach, pastor-at-large on the Synodical Council, and is actively involved in WELS School of Outreach and WELS School of Worship.

Paper
February 25, 2015

An essay on our mission and ministry by Chuck Westra, chair of the WELS Board for Home Missions, presented to a Missionary Conference.

Charles Westra serves as pastor of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church in Columbia, TN. In addition to his congregational duties, Pastor Westra serves as the chairman for the WELS Board for Home Missions.

Resource
February 7, 2014

THE TIME OF EASTER

Year A

ABOUT THIS RESOURCE

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Blog
February 7, 2014

There is more than one way to slice up the pie that is the Christian church year, our annual calendar that serves to focus God’s people on Christ’s saving work and word.

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Resource
October 17, 2013

ABOUT THIS RESOURCE

The Institute for Worship and Outreach is providing this seasonal resource to aid parish pastors in their worship planning. Many other worship planning resources are available, including, but not limited to, what can be found at the Synod’s Commission on Worship home page and the Advent resources made available as part of the Commission on Congregational Counseling’s C13 Program. So why add one more? The specific purpose of this resource is to give parish pastors ideas and resources that are:

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Blog
September 4, 2013

In my opinion, one of the most difficult parts of evangelism (of the parts I can control, of course) is actually getting out and making calls on prospects. It’s easy to sit behind my office desk and coordinate a mailing. But prospect nurture is a different beast. You want to get out there and see people, yet it seems so hard to actually get it done faithfully. It only gets worse if I get so bogged down in the administration of prospect nurture that I lose time to actually knock on doors and make visits.

Jonathan Schroeder is the pastor of Faith Lutheran in Sharpsburg, GA. He serves as the Moderator of the Institute of Worship and Outreach, pastor-at-large on the Synodical Council, and is actively involved in WELS School of Outreach and WELS School of Worship.

Blog
August 26, 2013

The same advice has come from Seminary professors, my supervising pastor, a veteran associate, and a paper written by a fellow member of the Institute for Worship and Outreach. Take a proactive rather than a reactive approach to Bible Information Class. In other words, don’t wait until you have interested people to schedule a class. Schedule a class, and then work hard to find interested people. I’ve found that advice to be wise for all kinds of reasons during my five years of ministry.

Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

Blog
July 12, 2013

We’ve written previously about the importance of following up on worship guests withing 36 hours of their first visit to your church. There is no doubt that God has used this in many cases to bring people back to hearing his Word. (Maybe that article I wrote could be referenced?)

Nathan Strutz serves as pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Verona, WI. He serves the WELS as chairman of the Western Wisconsin District Mission Board.