Forward in Christ

Teen Talk
Forward in Christ magazine needs stories for its bimonthly column, Teen Talk. This column includes Christ-centered features written by teens that touch on issues affecting young people in today’s world. We’re looking for students to write articles that will help their peers or provide encouragement to other teens.

Please encourage your students to write for Teen Talk. As a teacher, you could use this as a writing assignment for your class—or simply keep your eyes open for intriguing articles or papers from your students or from other teens in your congregations.

Following are some basic guidelines for articles. They should:
•    contain approximately 650 words,
•    have a Christian focus, and
•    be somewhat timeless because the magazine is planned months in advance.

You can send in submissions on behalf of your students, or students can submit their stories by e-mailing If an article is selected and published, the author will receive our standard one-page payment of $75.

Please have your students fill out the form when submitting an article.

If you have any questions, contact; 414-256-3210.

Through My Bible schedule

Download the complete three-year schedule for the Through My Bible in Three Years series.

Digital display graphics

Need images for your congregations PowerPoint slideshow or digital monitors? Download individual PowerPoint graphics promoting WELS ministries each month.

WELS Yearbook application

If you and your organization are interested in being included in the “church-related and charitable organizations” section of the synod yearbook and on the WELS Web site, WELS Communication Services on behalf of the Conference of Presidents is requesting you to submit an application. Basic information about qualifying WELS-affiliated entities will be listed in the synod Yearbook in an effort to publicize their ministries and services. To better understand your organization we are asking you to also provide the following:
1. In 100 words or less, describe your organization’s nature, purpose or mission.
2. List Web site address of your organization.
3. Enclose a copy of your constitution and bylaws.

Your organization must also agree to the following criteria and submit the application.
1. An organization will clearly identify itself as a WELS/ELS organization in its charter and be run by WELS/ELS members – for example, the director and governing board members must be WELS/ELS members.
2. An organization will have a constitution and bylaws with clearly defined descriptions of governance, function, and accountability. The constitution must have been approved by the district committee on constitutional matters.
3. An organization will recognize that it is under the doctrinal supervision of the district president.
4. National organizations will be responsible to the district president where the chairman or other leader of the organization resides.
5. An organization will recognize that it is totally responsible for its own financial affairs.
6. An organization shall not represent itself as an agent of or spokesperson for WELS.
7. An organization shall not be in conflict or competition with any ongoing ministry established by the synod constitution or synod convention. Instead, it will strive to work in concert with existing ministries.
8. An organization must be not-for-profit.
9. An organization will identify its affiliation with WELS in its print and electronic promotions and communications.

You may e-mail your materials to me at the address listed below.

If you have any questions regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact Communication Services via e-mail or by phone: 414-256-3230.

Lee Hitter
Director, Communication Services



WELS Acronyms

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Together PDFs

Together, a twice-monthly e-newsletters, features the latest and most important synod news. Printable PDFs are available to share with your congregation or fellow WELS members.