OWLS Senior Convention

The Lutheran Convention for Seniors 2021

We Will Tell the Next Generation the Praiseworthy Deeds of the Lord

The Lutheran Convention for Seniors sponsored by the OWLS will be held October 19-22, 2021, at Martin Luther College and Best Western Plus in beautiful New Ulm, Minnesota. Martin Luther College is the WELS ministerial training school for pastors, teachers, and staff ministers. Our college has been serving this purpose for over 25 years, since the merger of Dr Martin Luther College with Northwestern College.

Pandemic precautions led to the cancellation of the 2020 Convention for Seniors. We were able to reschedule our convention plans for 2021. For the safety of all, COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended. Masks may be required on the MLC campus—exact requirements are not known at this time.

With the theme “We Will Tell the Next Generation the Praiseworthy Deeds of the Lord,” this year’s convention will give seniors insight into passing the faith to the next generation. Among the topics, speakers, and workshops are:

  • Lessons from the Immigrant Generation
  • Silencing the Skeptics: Martin Luther College at 25
  • What Christians need to Know about Evolution
  • Does Christian Pop Feed the Soul? Assessing the Texts of Contemporary Praise Songs
  • Music and the Arts at MLC
  • WELS Early Childhood Ministries
  • The WELS New Worship Project
  • WELS Q & A: A Helpful Resource for Individuals and Groups

Early arrivals at the convention can enjoy tours of MLC or historic New Ulm.

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 senior 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 New Ulm 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 downloadable registration and other forms can be found in the materials below.

Read about the 2019 convention.


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 specialministries@wels.net.

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 under “Ministry to the Military resources.

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.