Representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and WELS met last week for their third in a series of annual informal discussions. This year’s main topic for discussion was the doctrine of fellowship and how biblical principles of fellowship are carried out in practice.
The main purpose of these meetings is to provide the synods with the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of their respective doctrinal positions and how the synods put those doctrines into practice as they carry out their ministry.
While there are many areas of agreement in both the doctrine of fellowship and its practice, the group also identified areas in which there are differences. Having a clear understanding of the doctrinal positions of the synods is an important starting point for any future doctrinal discussions.
These informal discussions have proven to be very valuable for all involved. WELS and ELS participants are gratified to know that their Missouri Synod counterparts are committed to the Scriptures as the inspired and inerrant Word of God and that they continue to strive to lead their synod in a way that is faithful to God’s Word and the Lutheran Confessions. All participants agree that the open and honest talks have been a forum in which future communication can continue.
The group will meet again next December to discuss the biblical principles regarding God’s role for men and women in the church.
Serving in Christ,
President Mark Schroeder