Develop Congregational Leaders Through CAP

The WELS Congregational Assistant Program (CAP) assists pastors and staff ministers in training qualified leaders in their congregations.

CAP offers a range of biblical and practical courses to all WELS members, men and women, to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Many CAP students are already serving, which means they are applying what they learn immediately in their local settings.

The majority of the courses are taught by the student’s local pastor or called worker, and they are often scheduled as part of the congregation’s offerings for adult spiritual growth; this minimizes the additional work of the called worker and expands the variety of opportunities for nurture within the congregation. Where there are interested individuals and congregations in geographic proximity, pastors are able to take turns and share the teaching load of the courses. Some of the courses can also be taught by an outside instructor as weekend seminar.The final component of the program, the only element that is not offered locally, is a 10-day CAPstone Session split between New Ulm, Minnesota and Milwaukee and Mequon, Wisconsin. Students typically participate in CAPstone after completing the other program requirements over a three or four year period.

CAP by the Numbers

64 Students
46 Congregations
18 States, South Korea and Guam
90 Leaders who have completed the program
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