By the by, while we were still a mission congregation here the WELS pastor assigned to us brought his drinking problem here. Before he left (or was asked to leave?) he absconded with some of our offering money also! Needless to say his exploratory work was unsuccessful.
I taught at one WELS school for several years, quit the WELS for a while, but have been involved for the last 20 years here in this state.
GJ - The leaders are cruel in allowing alcoholic ministers to wreck congregations without helping the men recover. Alcohol addiction is so common in WELS that no one sees the problem until it blows up on them. I heard one statement from a pastor I just met and knew he was an addict. He volunteered that Valium helped kick up the impact of an alcoholic drink. He left messes everywhere, but he was connected.
The problem begins with the amount of alcoholism in the leadership. One pastor pointed out a Love Shacker and said, "Now that guy is a drunk's drunk."