Audio for iPhone Users

(released 10/02/19) – Recently Apple released the latest version of their iPhone and iPad operating systems —  version 13.0. There were many improvements. However, one step back we noticed is that iPhones and iPads no longer support background audio for Progressive Web Apps, like this one. The WELS App makes audio podcasts available for the Daily Devotion, Through The Bible in Three Years, Military Devotion, and Early Childhood Ministry Educators Devotions. The audio will still play, but if the screen goes to sleep or you switch to a different app while the audio is playing, it will be suspended. We have been given no indication when or if Apple will restore this feature which had been available on previous versions. Of course, you can keep the page open while the audio plays, say to read along, and everything will work fine.

The news isn’t all bad though with this latest update. Siri Shortcuts continues to improve on the iPhone and you can easily instruct Siri to play the Daily Devotion or Through My Bible audio readings with a simple command. Read this blog post to learn more about how to install the Shortcut and different ways you might use it, including a hands-free way to hear God’s word while working out, driving, etc.

WELS App Has New Design

(released 06/18/19) – This summer the WELS App will be getting a number of new features. To kick things off we are rolling out a new home page design. The one you are looking at is cleaner, and should be much faster to load. It also features rotating Forward in Christ and Q&A articles. Stay tuned for text message notification options, a way to configure your own home screen, and health-related news from the WELS Benefit Plans Office. There is also quite a list of great suggestions that some of you have made which we intend to implement as time permits. Keep those ideas coming! Our goal is have the WELS App appear on the home screen of every WELS smartphone user. Thanks for using the app and pass the word to those who might be missing out on the great devotions and news features available every day. Remember simply visit to get started.

Christmas Music Available

(released 12/05/18) – Did you know that WELS has an internet radio station? In the WELS App, go to the Sections page by tapping “Sections” in the bottom menu bar, then look for the “Radio” section and then “Christmas Music.” This will open a new window to the WELS “traditional” radio station which is now playing all kinds of season favorites through the end of January. Look for Lenten & Easter music when that season comes as well. All the music on the station is from WELS musicians.

If you are interested in finding the same station on your computer, you can open your favorite browser and go to

As always, thanks for using the app, and share with a friend. Simply tell them to visit  May God bless your use of His Word!

Audio rewind and campus ministry search

(released 10/08/18) – The “WELS App” was updated last week with a couple of new features! For those of you who like to play the audio for Daily Devotion, Bible Readings, Military or Early Childhood devotions on their iPhones and iPads, we’ve now given you an option to rewind or fast forward the audio in 15 second increments. This will allow you to “go back” if you missed something or wanted to hear it again.

The second feature update has to do with the Online Yearbook, which is available through the App, but also at You can now filter your searches to look for churches who offer campus ministries. If you or your son or daughter is looking for what churches serve your campus of choice, just check the Church (with Campus Ministry) box in the filters section. You can also go directly to a campus ministry search page at:

As always, thanks for using the app, and share with a friend. Simply tell them to visit  May God bless your use of His Word!

Feature Updates to WELS App

(released 08/17/18) – The refreshed “WELS App” has been available for a few months now. We pray you have been enjoying the new design, additional content and greater reliability it brings. You may have noticed that the latest release brought with it an improvement to the readability of the text. A number of you had suggested that the main paragraph font was a little too small and faint. As a result we have made the text a little bigger and darker. Hopefully this will allow everybody to read the content without any issue. Feel free to let us know how you feel about the change.

We’d also like to encourage you to let us know about any other features you’d like to see added. Fall is a time we have set aside for rolling out enhancements, so let us know what you think might be helpful to you. One thing to look for is a notifications feature. You can “subscribe” to receive alerts, news, and other realtime items of interests. Watch for that in the coming months.

As always, thanks for using the app, and share with a friend. Simply tell them to visit  May God bless your use of His Word!