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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October 7, 2011

It’s like we’re sheep out there among wolves. Actually, we are, for our Lord said so (Mt 10:16). What he said next, however, has a profound impact on our outreach attitudes precisely because it is directed at the fact that bringing the gospel to someone outside the church is usually a hard thing to do.

Daniel Leyrer serves as Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. He is also involved with Forward in Christ magazine, and serves as an advisory member of the WELS Commission on Evangelism.

Resource
September 30, 2011

Use these resources to plan worship for the Second Sunday of End Time.

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

Resource
September 30, 2011

Make plans for Reformation Sunday using some helpful guidelines from the Institute for Worship and Outreach.

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

Blog
October 2, 2011

Outreach calls are just not in my comfort zone.” That statement is something either thought or even spoken by all of us as pastors from time to time. And you know what? It is uncomfortable! Every time you go to an unchurched person’s door, a battle is waged against Satan. Suddenly one of his own number is being threatened and you can bet that he’ll fight to protect his own! Outreach calls are not easy because Satan is attacking on two fronts - against the heart of the person you are talking to as well as against yours. He makes the call “uncomfortable.” But it is vital to fight the battle!

David Scharf serves as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran in Greenville, WI. Pastor Scharf also serves as a member of the WELS Commission for Congregational Counseling.

Paper
May 17, 2011

This sermon was delivered at the opening service of the Symposium on Worship and Outreach held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI,

Jonathan Hein serves at Beautiful Savior Lutheran in Summerville, SC. He serves WELS as the chairman of the Commission on Congregational Counseling and serves his district as the chairman of the South Atlantic District Mission Board.

Resource
May 17, 2011

Plan a service for Trinity Sunday that confesses the truth the Church celebrates with excellence, variety and beauty. This worship plan includes suggestions for hymns, canticles, alternate psalm arrangements, and choir pieces.

Aaron Christie serves pastor at Trinity Lutheran in Waukesha, WI. He also serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission on Worship and a frequent presenter and consultant for the WELS School of Worship Enrichment.

Blog
December 1, 2011

His face was green. He was swaying slightly. He was two seconds from face-planting on my church floor. We were in the middle of a public examination on the Sunday service for youth confirmation. All the young people were dressed in white robes and were taking turns walking to the microphone to answer a question.

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
October 1, 2011

At Faith, Sharpsburg, GA, we send out mass mailings to our target area numerous times per year. The postcards are always tied to a “come event” that invites our community to join us for worship. Over the years this has led to many visitors and many new members of the body of Christ.

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
September 7, 2011

This paper was delivered at the 2010 Symposium for Worship and Outreach held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI.

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
January 30, 2011

This paper was delivered at the Symposium for Worship and Outreach held at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI,

Adam Mueller serves as pastor of Peace Lutheran in Kokomo, Indiana. In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves the synod as a member of the WELS Commission for Congregational Counseling.