Home Missions Monthly Statistics Report Instructions and FAQs

For Home Missions Pastors ONLY

STEP ONE: Fill out the form

  • Login to My WELS Cloud at cloud.wels.net/me.
  • Select Home Missions Monthly Statistics located under the Home Missions header.
  • In United States, enter Zip code for home mission congregation.
  • For Canadian congregations, enter the first three characters of Postal code.
  • Read instructions on Welcome Page.
  • Select a month and enter actual data. (Please see FAQ – Can I submit during the current month?)

NEED HELP?

For additional help, select the + to open a category for more information or download the PowerPoint.

Sign-in help for Home Mission Pastors

Go to My WELS Cloud (Home Mission Pastor only)

Login with your personal WELS Cloud username and password at cloud.wels.net/me.

WELS Cloud Username Help

To verify or obtain your username, visit the WELS online Yearbook at yearbook.wels.net, search for your listing, open your information card and click on your name located in the gray heading. An alert box will pop up displaying your WELS Cloud username.

WELS Cloud Password Help

If you don’t know your password, go to account.wels.net and select Reset Password option. You will need to enter your username. A one-time password will be sent to the e-mail address we have on file for your account. Enter the one-time password in the appropriate field on the page that was left open. You will then be prompted to create a new password.

Contact WELS Help Desk

For additional login help, contact the WELS Help Desk at support@wels.net or call 414-259-4357 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (central).

Congregation Login (Church Leader or Staff only)

In the event of a vacancy, to submit the Home Missions Monthly Statistics as a church leader or staff member, contact the Home Missions office at 414-256-3234 or missionscontact@wels.net. The Home Missions office will provide a direct link to the form.

  • Step 1: Use the church’s WELS Cloud credentials to login to the form.
  • Step 2: Enter the church’s Zip code and press the LOOKUP button.
  • Step 3: Select your congregation.
  • Step 4: Press the CONTINUE button to proceed to Welcome page.

Sign-in help for Board Members

Go to WELS Cloud Missions

Login with your personal WELS Cloud username and password at cloud.wels.net/missionsmonthlystats.

WELS Cloud Username Help

To verify or obtain your username, visit the WELS online Yearbook at yearbook.wels.net, search for your listing, open your information card and click on your name located in the gray heading. An alert box will pop up displaying your WELS Cloud username.

WELS Cloud Password Help

If you don’t know your password, go to account.wels.net and select Reset Password option. You will need to enter your username. A one-time password will be sent to the e-mail address we have on file for your account. Enter the one-time password in the appropriate field on the page that was left open. You will then be prompted to create a new password.

Contact WELS Help Desk

For additional login help, contact the WELS Help Desk at support@wels.net or call 414-259-4357 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (central).

Where do I find the reports?

Currently there are two reports available. The Historic Monthly and Congregation by District reports are located on the Missions WELS Cloud site for DMB Materials at cloud.wels.net/missionsmonthlystats.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t enter my full Canadian Postal code.

In the Zip / Postal code field, enter the first three characters of your Postal code and select the LOOKUP button. Your congregation will display in Step 2.

What information is on the Welcome Page?

After logging in, the following information can be found on the Welcome Page:

  • WELSource ID, church name, city, state, and country are located in the upper right corner.
  • Instructions on how to navigate and enter, save, submit and print your monthly report.
  • Your monthly report history.

How do I navigate between the tabs?

You can navigate by selecting the appropriate tab or by selecting the NEXT or PREVIOUS buttons, which are located at the bottom of the page.

How are required fields marked?

Required fields are marked with a red asterisk *.

If a required field is left blank at the time of Review & Submit, a validation error will display and prompt you to complete the required field.

I need more information about a required field?

Help icons, with additional information, are located next to a field. When a Help icon is selected, a pop-up message will display.

What information do I enter on Personal Contacts?

On the Personal Contacts tab, report numbers for personal or electronic contact with new prospects. Detailed help field information can be found by selecting the Help icon.

If numbers were entered for the previous month, the information will also be displayed under the Previous Month column.

Additional E-News and Social Media Contacts (e.g.: CaringBridge, Facebook, Foursquare, etc.) can be added under Report Month by selecting the Add toolbar button.

Also a comment block is available to share any special circumstances regarding the personal contact numbers for the month.

What information do I enter on Membership?

On the Membership tab, report numbers for communicant membership changes. Detailed help field information can be found by selecting the Help icon.

If numbers were entered for the previous month, the information will also be displayed under the Previous Month column.

Also a comment block is available to share any special circumstances regarding the membership numbers for the month.

What information do I enter on Attendance?

On the Attendance tab, report numbers for worship and Bible study average weekly attendance. Detailed help field information can be found by selecting the Help icon.

If numbers were entered for the previous month, the information will also be displayed under the Previous Month column.

Also a comment block is available to share any special circumstances regarding the attendance numbers for the month.

What information do I enter on Finance?

On the Finance tab, report income and expense numbers. Detailed Help field information can be found by selecting the Help icon.

If numbers were entered for the previous month, the information will also be displayed under the Previous Month column.

Also a comment block is available to share any special circumstances regarding the finance numbers for the month.

What information do I enter on Narrative?

On the Narrative tab, you can share your progress made toward your benchmarks in the comment block.

Share the rest of your story by selecting a category and include links to blog posts, photo galleries, online videos, etc.

File attachments can also be uploaded. Acceptable file formats are:

  • doc, docx
  • xls, xlsx
  • pdf
  • jpg
  • txt
  • zip

Maximum file size is 5 MB.

Can I edit after I select Review & Submit?

On the Review & Submit page, if you notice a correction needs to be made, select the BACK TO FORM button located on the bottom left.

What happens when I select the SUBMIT button?

On the Review & Submit page, if the SUBMIT button is selected, the monthly stats are submitted to the Home Missions office for approval and a thank you page is displayed.

When do I enter my fiscal year benchmarks?

Benchmarks should be submitted before the new fiscal year begins.

Submit and approve from May 1 to April 30 examples:

  • Submit and approve benchmarks from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
  • Submit and approve benchmarks from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

When do I enter my benchmark comments?

Benchmark comments can be submitted anytime during the fiscal year.

Examples:

  • Submit comments for the 2016-2017 benchmarks from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
  • Submit comments for the 2017-2018 benchmarks from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

Is there a reminder to submit fiscal benchmarks?

A fiscal year benchmark reminder in red font will be displayed on the Welcome page from May 15 to June 15.

What is the status of my monthly report?

On the Welcome Page, your report is listed by year and month. The Status column represents the status of each monthly report.

  • Missing: No information has been entered for the month.
  • Pending Approval: All information entered and Review & Submitted selected. Awaiting approval from Home Missions.
  • Started: Partial information has been entered, but not completed.
  • Ready: Previous and current month report are now available to enter information.
  • Approved: Monthly report has been approved by Home Missions.

Can I submit during the current month?

The previous and current month reports are available to enter information. Only submit your monthly report after the month has passed.

  • Previous month: When a month has passed, you may enter data. When completed, you will review and submit to the Home Missions office for approval.
  • Current month: The current month is available to allow you to enter data during the month. You will save your data and can return any time during the current month to continue to enter data. Once all data for the month has been entered and the month has passed, you can review and submit to the Home Missions office for approval.

How do I navigate back to the Welcome Page?

At any time, you can navigate back to the Welcome Page by selecting the Mission Monthly Report History link in the breadcrumbing located in the upper left.

When can I save my information?

Answers are saved by selecting:

  • Another tab (e.g.: Membership, Attendance, etc.)
  • The Save button in the toolbar options.
  • The Next button located in the bottom right corner.
  • The Review & Submit button in the upper right corner.

Can I print my report?

A monthly report can be printed by selecting the Print View toolbar button located in the upper right corner.

The monthly report can be printed in either portrait or landscape layout. If you prefer a larger view, then it is recommended that the monthly report be printed in landscape.

The report will print in either Google Chrome, FireFox, or Internet Explorer, but there are some differences in each browser, which are listed below.

Google Chrome

  • Landscape: For Previous Month Social Media, the Number Reached does not wrap.
  • Portrait: In both Social Media Lists, the Number Reached and Description column comments do not line up correctly.

FireFox

  • Landscape: For Previous Month Social Media, the Number Reached does not wrap.
  • Portrait: When the page is 100%, the entire right side is cut off. If the property of the page is changed to 85%, then the right side will not get cut off. Also for Previous Month Social Media, the Number Reached does not wrap.

Internet Explorer

  • Landscape: In both Social Media Lists, the Number Reached and Description column comments do not line up correctly.
  • Portrait: In both Social Media Lists, the Number Reached and Description column comments do not line up correctly.

After submission, will a Thank You page display?

After you have submitted your monthly statistics, a Thank You page will display.

After submission, will I receive a confirmation e-mail?

A confirmation e-mail will be sent to the primary email address of the user logged in.

Validation error on "Total baptized members" field.

The number of baptized members must be the same or larger than the number of the communicant membership.

When is the CEF loan balance updated?

The WELS Church Extension Fund loan balance will be updated at the beginning of each month.