WELS Synodical Council

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The WELS Synodical Council is the governing body of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod when the synod is not in convention. The Council is made up of twenty-three WELS members including eleven clergy and thirteen laymen. These men "act as a corporate board to plan and direct WELS worldwide ministry."[1]

Although the Synodical Council does have governing authority, its decisions may be rejected by the biennial Synod in Convention, where a larger group of WELS members have a chance to vote. One of the most recent decisions to be rejected was the Synodical Council's recommendation to close Michigan Lutheran Seminary as a preparatory school.[2]