Annual Meeting: Future Worship

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.

Pastor Mike Schultz, a member of the Institute, was recently called to serve as the project director of the new WELS Hymnal project. The Institute asked Schultz to write an essay that developed his vision and philosophy for the new hymnal project. We also asked Pastor Caleb Bassett, the chair of the Technology Committee of the Hymnal Project to share his thoughts on the future of technology in worship, as it relates to the Hymnal Project. The Institute members reacted to the essays and offered questions, ideas, and direction during the discussion sessions.

We offer those papers here for your consideration.

Rev. Jonathan E. Schroeder

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.

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