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Online Sunday School Conference


Sunday School... it's all about Jesus!
Melissa Pittenger, an experienced, down-to-earth, passionate Sunday School teacher, uses constructive criticism of one of her own lessons so that viewers might learn from her successes and mistakes. She includes many valuable nuggets of wisdom for pointing children of all ages and backgrounds to Christ. This presentation provides encouragement for new and returning teachers for elementary-aged kids alike.
Baby and Toddler Sunday School
Melissa Pittenger is delighted to walk through a year of Sunday School for infants and toddlers at her home congregation of Bethany Lutheran. Her hope is that you’ll pick up some fresh ideas of how to point littles and their families to Jesus who washed our sins a-waaaaay! Click the YouTube icon to check out the Preschool Power Hour that Melissa created for her congregation and from which others have modeled theirs after: 
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Bringing the Children & Teachers Back to Sunday School
"Resurrecting" our Sunday School programs post-Covid will be a challenge. Perhaps the most challenging part of all will be reclaiming our middle schoolers. It seems the parents themselves are less motivated the older their children get. How can we renew an interest in the value of Sunday School for our middle schoolers? Let's hear from someone who has been working with middle schoolers for many years.
Hispanic Outreach through Sunday School 
Jesus is for all people.  Is there a way that we can reach out to the many Hispanic people in our area?  Could Sunday School be a way for this intercultural outreach to take place?  In this presentation, Pastor Tim Flunker walks us through how we can overcome language, culture, and other barriers to share the most important message: the message of Jesus Christ. Pastor Tim Flunker serves as the WELS Board for Home Missions Hispanic Outreach Consultant as has worked with many congregations over the last years focusing on reaching out with the gospel to our growing Hispanic population.
Starting and Restarting Sunday School
Let's discuss how to recruit Sunday school teachers by addressing doubts and fears they may be experiencing. We'll talk about training potential teachers on how to use the provided lessons and creative ideas beyond just the written format. We'll provide suggestions for you based on our experiences on how to make church more kid friendly and how to retain older children and teenagers by involving them in the service. 

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Welcome to the website for discipleship in the Western Wisconsin District of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.  We are glad you are here.

This website is a project of the Commission on Discipleship of the Western Wisconsin District.  We are working together to focus on discipleship for all ages by providing resources, encouragement, and training to hopefully help you in your ministry. 

You may contact us if you would like to do so to share ideas, ask questions, or to give us some feedback.  We’d love to hear from you.  Please go to the “Contact Us” page and email us. 


As believers in Jesus Christ, we hear his call to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).  We do that through personal study of the Word, worship, partaking of the Lord’s Supper, group Bible study, and working together as the body of Christ in ministry.  Let us continue to do all of these and gladly be disciples of Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Mission Statement

"Our Commission on Discipleship provides resources, encouragement, and training to assist congregations as they seek to strengthen individuals and families in their connection to Christ and their ongoing walk of faith."


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