Papers written on the WELS Practice of Fellowship

In response to discussions that we have been having in Sunday morning Bible Class as of late, I thought it would be nice to get some outside perspectives from distinguished men in our Synod as to this doctrine of Fellowship and Close Communion.   Below, you will find a number of articles found on Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary's Essay File ( If you would like even more material, all you have to do is search on that page under "fellowship ."

This paper was presented to the South-Central Pastor-Delegate Conference of the South Atlantic District meeting in Decatur, Georgia, on October 4, 1983.

Whenever we join in prayer with others it is a form of church fellowship. With this in mind, much of this paper is dedicated to examining the principles involved in church fellowship. We join in fellowship with others based on their confession and their practice. It is God’s will for his people to demonstrate their fellowship though worship and prayer, unless the one persists in error.

An essay delivered at the twenty-first biennial convention of the Western Wisconsin District, Northwestern College, Watertown, July 15, 1958.

Church Fellowship--Our Term, God's Teaching

 History of Fellowship Practice in the Wisconsin Synod

Fellowship – How May We Celebrate Our Unity with All True Believers on Earth?
Recognizing that even Christians may feel alone among those with whom they worship, Pastor Schulz encourages his readers to promote real fellowship among the members of our congregations.