About the Institute

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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Blog
July 9, 2013

From May 2011 to May 2012 Worship the Lord newsletter (WTL) featured a series on choir directing (#s 48-54).

The focus on choirs was encouraged by a parish pastor who laments the decline – even death – of choirs in some congregations.

The series didn’t turn out quite like I expected. It included far more technical details than I anticipated – things that might seem esoteric and arcane. It featured expectations of solid directing technique that, let’s face it, many choir directors do not follow.

Bryan Gerlach serves as the Director of the WELS Commission on Worship. His parish ministry experience includes congregations in Texas and California. Gerlach has a Master of Church Music degree and continues to serve as a regular pianist and organist at two WELS churches in the Milwaukee area.

Blog
June 4, 2013

The Institute held its annual meeting on May 20, 2013, at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. The topic for the meeting was “Future Worship in WELS.”

Our synod has just begun working on a new hymnal to be published in 2024. The project will take ten years and will shape the nature and character of our worship for another twenty. At the IWO we believe public worship has a profound impact on our outreach efforts, and we wanted explore the future of worship in WELS at our annual meeting.

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
June 4, 2013

Pastor Caleb Bassett serves as the chairman of the Technology Committee of the new hymnal project. The Institute asked Pastor Bassett to write an essay for our annual meeting to explore the future of technology in worship in WELS.

In the essay, Pastor Bassett suggests reading a senior thesis by Seminarian Kent Reeder. You can access that thesis here.

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
June 4, 2013

What will this book and its array of resources do? If it carries the gospel to the broken-hearted, and it will, then it will serve for the glory of God and the edification of man.

Michael Schultz serves as the Project Director of the new WELS Hymnal Project.

Resource
February 26, 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. The specific purpose of this resource is to give parish pastors ideas and resources that are:

  • Accessible. We aim to provide musical suggestions with which just about any congregation with any level of musical talent can work.
  • Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

    Resource
    January 24, 2013

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    Give up opposition; welcome the King

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

    Resource
    January 24, 2013

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    Give up arrogant formalism; keep your connection to the Savior

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

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    January 24, 2013

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    Give up self-righteousness; celebrate mercy

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

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    January 24, 2013

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    Give up false security; repent lest you fall

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

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    January 24, 2013

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    Give up cowardly comfort; boldly embrace the cross

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