Love in Action

Love in Action

WELS Special Ministries
Showing God’s love to those with special needs or in special circumstances

In these pages, you’ll learn about the eight areas of WELS Special Ministries:

  • Visually Impaired
  • Care for Called Workers
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Mental Health
  • Health and Wellness
  • Prison Ministry
  • Military Services

Funding for the programs you’ll learn about in these pages comes from people like you, who have a heart to share Christ’s love with those who may face hurdles in worship and in life. Our special ministries are primarily supported by special offerings from individuals and groups.


To order FREE copies of the Love in Action booklet, e-mail WELS Special Ministries at

OWLS Convention 2019

Mining for Jesus

The Lutheran Convention for Seniors, sponsored by the OWLS, will be held at the Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in the fall setting of the rolling hills of the Galena, Illinois area. Galena was a 19th century center for mining lead and zinc—October 6-9, 2019, seniors from across the WELS will come to mine for treasures in Jesus.

The theme for the 2019 convention is, “Mining for Jesus”. Our four main speakers will show us ways that we can be “Miners for Jesus”: Missionary Dan Sargent (God helps us to accomplish his plans bit by bit), Christian Life Resources Director Bob Fleischmann (A life time of experience prepares us), Special Ministries Director Jim Behringer (Christian caring matters) and Chaplain Ken Wenzel (Christian hope lessons from medical objects). The five workshop speakers will help us “sharpen our tools” as we become more productive “Miners.”

Early arrivals at the convention can enjoy Monday morning’s tour of National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, Dubuque, Iowa. While in the area, attendees may want to visit the home of President Ulysses Grant after the convention.

The convention is open to any WLS and ELS member who is 55 or over, retired or not, whether a member of OWLS or not. It’s an excellent chance for members of local seniors ministries to get a larger perspective on ministry by seniors and for seniors. With plenty of time to make new friends and connect with friends from the past, the Galena Convention promises to be a relaxing and enjoyable opportunity for seniors.

There are special price breaks for early paid registrations. Information about costs, convention workshops and a downloadable registration form can be found in the materials below.

Read about last year’s convention.


Ministry to the Aging Bible Study

The four lesson Ministry to the Aging Bible Study series can be used to start a congregational ministry to shut ins or to revitalize church members who are carrying out ministry to the aging.


Resources for chaplains include:

  • WELS Chaplains Code of Ethics
  • Great Physician brochures

Also view the booklet A Pastor Looks at PTSD.

Martin Luther College offers courses for Chaplain Certification. Find course information and forms on the MLC website.


Helping Frail Elderly in the Pew – This brochure lists some obstacles and suggests how to help frail members so they can be served in the public service until they can no longer leave home.

Aging Bible Studies – Devotions and Bible reference for use in ministry to the aging. Download here.

Parish Nurses

Resources to help a congregation develop a strong Lutheran parish nurse program that functions in harmony with the pastor and other leaders and is a blessing to members.

Resources include:

  • Parish Nurse Guidelines
  • A Word to Pastors about Parish Nursing
  • Rite of Installation – Parish Nursing
  • Parish Nursing Blood Pressure Ministry

Find more resources on the WELS Nurses Association website.