Hi there! I am single and wondering what denominations are similar enough to WELS or have our most core beliefs?
Through a common faith, we are in fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). Beyond the borders of our country, we are in fellowship with 30 other churches that comprise the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC). You can learn more about the CELC from their website: www.celc.info
Your pastor would be a good resource to sort out similarities and differences with other churches if you become acquainted with individuals who belong to those churches.
Or, perhaps you might find this resource from Northwestern Publishing House (NPH) helpful: “Denominations Comparison Pamphlet.” It provides a brief comparison of the doctrines of twelve Christian denominations. This link will provide more information.
This link will take you to another resource from NPH: “WELS and Other Lutherans.”
Of course, recognizing doctrinal differences among churches means that we grow in our understanding of what the Bible teaches (2 Peter 3:18). God bless that growth in your life.