Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Classification

Lutheran

Orientation

Confessional Lutheran

Polity

Congregational

Associations

Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference, formerly Synodical Conference (1869-1963) and General Council (1867-1869)

Geographical area

United States and 24 other countries

Origin

1850

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Separated from

German mission societies (1868)

Branched from

German Lutheranism

Merge of

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Nebraska synods

Separations

Protes’tant Conference (separated 1927); Church of the Lutheran Confession (separated 1960)

Congregations

1200

Members

380,000

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is a North American religious denomination with practice rooted in the Lutheran tradition of Christianity. Characterized as theologically conservative, it was founded in 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of 2005, it had a membership of over 398,000 in more than 1,200 congregations, in all 50 U.S. states as well as 24 countries. It is the third largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, following Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod (LCMS).

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