Conventions Present-2014

Fifty-fifth— June 21-24, 2018

Green Bay, Wisconsin, KI Convention Center

Theme:  Speak, O Lord, from the Valley to the World
Attendance:  1450
Membership: 839 congregations ~ 1 individual members
Notes:  Mission presentations from Rev. Kirk Massey and Rev. Gary Lupe on 125 Years of Grace in Apacheland, Rev. Scott Wolfram from Divine Word, Plover, Wisconsin on Campus Ministry, Rev. Philip Hunter from Bethel, Menasha, Wisconsin on Bilingual Ministry, and Shannon Bohme on Mission Journeys were presented. Workshops included a presentation by Rev. Timothy Flunker regarding Hispanic Outreach, a presentation from Rev. Charles Vannieuwenhoven regarding Campus Ministry., a presentation from Rev. Zachary Gebert and Ann Potter about Early Childhood Education, a presentation from missionary wives Carolina Acosta, Sheree Massey, Annela Paul, and Beth Thompson. and a presentation called Ignite - Passion for Missions by the LWMS Awareness Committee. Dr. Glen Thompson from Asia Lutheran Seminary was the opening service pastor and Rev. Joel Zank, Northern Wiscosnin District President, preached for the closing service. The flags were presented on Friday morning with a PowerPoint presentation.

Mission Offerings: 
Home Missions: $37,985.03 - #HM-2016-14: Caribbean Scholarship Fund 
World Missions:   $37,985.04- #WM-2016-07:  Cameroon
kids c.a.r.e. mission project:  $49,443.57 – Feeding Jesus' Lambs in Nepal
Worship Service Offerings:
$61,829.05 divided between home mission project #HM-2016-01: First Public Service Assistance and world mission project #WM-2016-34: Academia Cristo.

2018        Quick Facts

Fifty-fourth— June 22-25, 2017

Orlando, Florida, Hyatt Regency Orlando


Theme:  Around the World with Missions
Attendance:  542
Membership: 831 congregations ~ 12 individual members
Notes:  Mission presentations from Daniel Sargent from Zambia, Africa, Rev. Kent Reeder from Illumine, Rock Hill, South Carolina, Rev. Jonathan Bourman from Peace, Aiken, South Carolina, Rev. Thomas Spiegelberg, Trinity, Saint Lucia, West Indies, and Friends of East Asia were presented. Workshops included a presentation by Rev. Jonathan Bare regarding the Pastoral Studies Institute, a presentation from Ruth Schmitzer of the Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Committee and Kristen Smith of the Communications Committee on kids c.a.r.e., a presentation from Rev. Jonathan Scharf about multi-site congregations, a presentation from Rev. Jonathan Bourman regarding mission work in South Carolina, and a presentation from LWMS Pastoral Advisor Wayne Shevey on evangelism. WELS President Mark Schroeder was the opening service pastor and Pastor Charles Westra, South Atlantic District President, preached for the closing service. 

Mission Offerings: 
Home Missions: $39,326.56 - #HM-2016-02: Equipment Fund 
World Missions:   $39,326.55- #WM-2016-32:  Nepal
kids c.a.r.e. mission project:  $37,379.45 – Family Ministry for Outreach
Worship Service Offerings:
$26,049.21 divided between home mission project #HM-2016-15: Cross-Cultural Mission Conferences and Training and world mission project #WM-2016-02: Repatriation Conferences

2017          Quick Facts          Highlights

Fifty-third— June 23-26, 2016

St. Charles, Illinois, Pheasant Run Resort

Theme:  Christ Alone, Our Cornerstone
Attendance:  1054
Membership: 840 congregations ~ 11 individual members
Notes:  Mission presentations from a retired Friendly Counselor from South Asia,  Pastor Steve W. from Asia Lutheran Seminary, Pastor Michael Quandt from Redemption, St. George, Utah and Pastor Luis and Carolina Acosta, Risen Savior, Milwaukee, Wisconsin were presented. Workshop included a Bible study from the two LWMS Pastoral Advisors, a presentation from the Spiritual Growth-Mission Awareness Committee, and mission work in Antigua, Russia, and Utah. Dr. Terry Schultz, Mission Coordinator for Haiti was the opening service pastor and Pastor David Rutschow, former Southeastern Wisconsin District President, preached for the closing service. 

Mission Offerings: 
Home Missions: $41,529.28 - #HM-2014-11: Summer Student Assistants 
World Missions:   $41,529.29 - #WM-2014-32:  Television Broadcast for Muslim World and Theological Seminars
kids c.a.r.e. mission project:  $60,816.17 - Central Africa Medical Mission Orphan/Infant Program 
Worship Service Offerings:
$51,620.29 divided between home mission project #HM-2014-20: Outreach to Asians and world mission project
#WM-2014-26: Apache Leadership and Maintenance.

Fifty-second— June 25-28, 2015

Rapid City, South Dakota, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

Theme:  Lift High the Cross in the Hills
Attendance:  1074
Membership: 867 congregations ~ 6 individual members
Notes:  Mission presentations from a Friendly Counselor from South Asia, Pastor Michael Vogel from St. Paul, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Pastor Paul Prange, Administrator for Ministerial Education and Coordinator of Global Cross-Cultural Outreach, a doctor and Friendly Counselor from South Asia and Pastor Nathaniel Walther from Grace in Minot, North Dakota were presented. Workshop included Bible studies from the two LWMS Pastoral Advisors, mission work in Canada, Nigeria, and Latin America.


Mission Offerings: 
Home Missions: $38,349.19 - #HM-2014-04: Tools for Outreach   
World Missions:   $38.349.19 - #WM-2014-16:  Asia Lutheran Seminary Projects
kids c.a.r.e. mission project:  $39,762.96 - Children's Ministry Assistance 
Worship Service Offerings:
$46,858.27 divided between home mission project #HM-2014-01: First Public Service Assistance and world mission project
#WM-2014-01: International Missionary Wives Conference.

Fifty-first —June 26-29, 2014

Dallas, Texas, Hyatt Regency at Reunion

Theme: “You Will Be My Witnesses”  Acts 1:8
Attendance: 658
Member Congregations: Member Congregations: 879~5 Individual Members
Notes: Mission speakers presented on mission work in East Asia, Edna, Texas, Gilbert, Arizona and Thailand. LWMS board pastors presented Bible studies. Other speakers presented workshops on work in East Asia and Campus Ministry. A mission counselor presented a workshop titled “The Reality of our World Today,” and  LWMS Awareness and Spiritual Growth Committees presented “Recharge” as part of the three-year campaign – “Recharge, Reach Out, Rejoice.”  Thirty-eight flags were presented in a revise format that was grouped by continents. 

Mission Offerings:
Home Missions:
 $37,023.18 - #HM-2012-02:  Equipment Fund
World Missions: $37,023.19 - #WM-2012-29:  Translation Working Group (TWG) in Hong Kong
kids c.a.r.e. mission project: $49,764.55 – Russia
This offering was later matched with a $15,000 grant from the Antioch Foundation.
Worship Service Offerings:
$28,706.89 equally divided between home mission project #HM-2012-26:  General Hispanic Outreach and world mission project #WM-2012-28 World Mission Seminary Conference.