Church of the Lutheran Brethren

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Church of the Lutheran Brethren
Denomination type: Lutheran Bodies
Year Reporting: 2015
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Description: The Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America was organized in December 1900. Five independent Lutheran congregations met together in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and adopted a constitution patterned very closely to that of the Lutheran Free Church of Norway.

The spiritual awakening in the Midwest during the 1890s crystallized into convictions that led to the formation of a new church body. Chief among the concerns were church membership practices, observance of Holy Communion, confirmation practices and local church government.

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren practices a simple order of worship with the sermon as the primary part of the worship service. It believes that personal profession of faith is the primary criterion for membership in the congregation. The Communion service is reserved for those who profess faith in Christ as savior. Each congregation is autonomous and the synod serves the congregations in advisory and cooperative capacities.

The synod supports a world mission program in Cameroon, Chad, Japan and Taiwan. Approximately 40 percent of the synodical budget is earmarked for world missions. A growing home mission ministry is planting new congregations in the United States and Canada. Affiliate organizations operate several retirement-nursing homes, conference and retreat centers.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: PO Box 655
Address line 2:
City: Fergus Falls,
State: Minnesota
Zip Code: 56538
Country: United States
Phone: (218)739-3336

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Phone: n/a
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Matthew Rogness
Position: Vice-President/Director of Operations
Phone: (218)739-3336

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 8,620
Other Members: 4,745
Total Inclusive Members: 13,365
Total Churches: 118
Average Attendance: 12,129
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 103
Other Service to the Church: 45
Retired: 62
Total Clergy: 210

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 115
Pupils: 8,232
Staff: 1,445
Total Individuals: 9,677

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $2,300,000.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $21,234,892.00
Total Financial: $2,353,489,200
Receipts/Expenditures: Receipts