The Evangelical Lutheran Synod is an American Lutheran church body of 130 congregations in full fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The ELS is also a member of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), which currently consists of 24 church bodies throughout the world in fellowship with one another.  Following Jesus’ command to bring the Gospel “to all nations,” The Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Board for World Outreach supports work in seven foreign fields in South America, Asia and Europe. Learn more about our world missions.  The ELS Board for Home Outreach exists to encourage and equip congregations of the synod in the United States and Canada in the work of outreach and evangelism, providing resources as needed. Learn more about our home missions.