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S001 – Starting an Early Childhood Ministry or Lutheran Elementary School

This module helps congregations think through the reasons and logistics of starting, expanding, or revitalizing a preschool, childcare, other form of early childhood ministry, or Lutheran elementary school.

The attached resources are ten chapters of Building Blocks: A Handbook for Beginning and Operating a Christian Early Childhood Ministry. Each chapter can be used on its own for a specific topic. If you are considering opening, expanding, or revitalizing an early childhood ministry, you may prefer the complete resource. To obtain a free copy of the entire resource in one file or to get information about additional support, contact lutheranschools@wels.net.

Outreach Newsletters for 2020 is a collection of twelve one-page articles that are based on Favorite Bible Verses:
January (New Year) – Hebrews 13:8
February – John 3:16
March (Lent) – Isaiah 53:5
April (Easter) – John 14:19
May – Psalm 23:1
June – Genesis 1:1
July – Romans 6:23
August – 2 Corinthians 5:21
September – Hebrews 11:1
October – 1 Peter 5:7
November (Thanksgiving) – Psalm 118:1
December (Christmas) – Galatians 4:4-5

Links for downloading the videos are found below.


*Video files are only available for individual download due to restrictions by the external hosting provider.

Study guides for “Welcoming Returning Members.”

Social Media preview

The social media videos come in four options:

  • 16×9 with WELS logo
  • 16×9 without WELS logo
  • 1×1 with WELS logo
  • 1×1 without WELS logo

16×9 and 1×1 are aspect ratios of the size of the boxes. 16×9 is the “normal” rectangular shape and 1×1 is a box and designed for social media (specifically for Facebook and Instagram). It is not necessary to use the 1×1 videos, but the option is available.

Listen to a sample sermon – God so Loved the World

Advent resources from C18 are available for those interested in using them this year.

Materials for a special “Service of the Cross” will be made available in September.

The “My Personal Mission Field” document can be found under Evangelism Resources.

Order postcards from Echt Printing.


C011 – Ministering to People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

This module helps congregations make their worship, Bible study and other activities more accessible to people who have hearing loss, whether they are deaf or hard of hearing. Because this disability is invisible, churches are often unaware of how common hearing loss is. It would be wrong to underestimate the impact hearing loss has on spiritual life. Without the ability to access God’s Word, the Spirit’s work can be undermined. This interview provides practical insight and helpful advice for overcoming this common barrier. The downloadable resource provides even more detail on the contents of the video. Further resources are found at csm.welsrc.net/mdhh-resources-for-congregations/ 

Sermon thoughts for Welcome Home Sunday are available. (See the Hebrews 2 commentary.)

Download the Welcome Home – Facebook Ad here.

Making work with missing members a priority and celebrating the efforts of those who do the work.

How to prepare for the return of missing members.

Be patient when things move slowly and make repeated efforts.