Salem Lutheran Church and School is a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. We’ve been a member congregation of the predecessor of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod - the Minnesota Synod - or the Wisconsin Synod since 1882.

2010-2011 synodical spending

In 2010-2011, the synod’s $29 million of total annual gifts was spent on 6 areas. These areas are prioritized so that funding changes affect each area differently, but in general the synod tries to maintain the 6 areas equally so that all the work moves forward. The next article will deal with the specific areas that are funded. This time, let’s put those numbers in context.

Salem and 1000 other congregations in the WELS carry out frontline ministry work. So what does the synod do? The synod focuses on three main areas, which require large scale resources and foster unity: training of workers for the office of the ministry, home and world missions, and congregational support. Training of workers means a three tiered ministerial education system: high school, college, and seminary. Home and world missions means workers and funding for fledgling congregations around the world.

The number of WELS affiliated organizations can be overwhelming. Some may be bothered by this large number, others may feel there aren’t enough, and others may suggest these organizations are doing the wrong thing. How good it is that Christians desire to spread the good news, care for the poor and needy, and seek to be wise stewards of the Lord’s many good gifts. That is to say, it is good when these organizations are the natural development of God’s people moved by his grace to serve others.

Following Christ together
Why is Salem part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod? In short, because we follow Christ together. We join with congregations around the world to follow Jesus Christ and proclaim his truth. Please read and watch below to learn more.