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The agreement noted that in the event a doctrinal error arose in one of the two synods, they would not question each other's orthodoxy as long as they both used all Christian means at their disposal to resolve the problem.This agreement was later adopted by each of the synods in convention.The early churches in the Wisconsin Synod had a strong German background; services and church business were conducted in German.
They discussed various points of doctrine, writing an agreement recognizing the Missouri and Wisconsin synods as orthodox Lutheran church bodies and that they have pulpit and altar fellowship together.
As of 2016, it had a baptized membership of 369,221 in 1,270 congregations, with churches in 47 US states and 4 provinces of Canada.
WELS is in fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) and is a member of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), a worldwide organization of Lutheran church bodies of the same beliefs.
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is an American Confessional Lutheran denomination of Christianity.
Characterized as theologically conservative, it was founded in 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.