The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations
Denomination type: Lutheran Bodies
Year Reporting: 2010
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Description: The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations, rooted in the northern European revival movements, was organized in 1962 by a Lutheran Free Church remnant which rejected merger with The American Lutheran Church. The original 42 congregations were joined by other like-minded conservative Lutherans, and there has been more than a sixfold increase in the number of congregations. Members subscribe to the Apostles?, Nicene and Athanasian creeds; Luther?s Small Catechism; and the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. The Fundamental Principles and Rules for Work (1897) declare that the local congregation is the right form of the kingdom of God on earth, subject to no authority but the Word and the Spirit of God.
Distinctive emphases are, (1) the infallibility and inerrancy of Holy Scriptures as the Word of God; (2) congregational polity; (3) the spiritual unity of all believers, resulting in fellowship and cooperation transcending denominational lines; (4) evangelical outreach, calling all to enter a personal relationship with Jesus Christ; (5) a wholesome Lutheran pietism that proclaims the Lordship of Jesus Christ in all areas of life and results in believers becoming the salt and light in their communities; (6) a conservative stance on current social issues.
A two-year Bible school and a theological seminary are in suburban Minneapolis. The AFLC is in fellowship with sister churches in Canada, Brazil, Mexico, and India.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Address line 2:
City: Minneapolis
State: Minnesota
Zip Code: 55441
Country: United States
Phone: (763)545-5631

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Pres., Rev. Elden K. Nelson
Phone: n/a
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Mr. Paul Bell
Position: Executive Director, Central Services
Phone: (864)232-8297

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 35,721
Other Members: 3,918
Total Inclusive Members: 39,639
Total Churches: 293
Average Attendance: 0
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 255
Other Service to the Church: 119
Retired: 88
Total Clergy: 462

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 0
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $8,724,417.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $44,654,927.00
Total Financial: $5,337,934,400
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures