The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations

3110 E. Medicine Lake Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55441
United States

Attesting Officer
Mr. Paul Bell
Executive Director, Central Services


Media Contact
Pres., Rev. Elden K. Nelson

45.015452, -93.416382


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.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2009
32,287
19,630
12,186
44,473
280
2008
32,151
19,630
11,326
43,477
274
2007
32,245
19,590
11,183
43,428
274
2006
32,163
123
11,197
43,360
267
2003
29,200
18,761
10,209
39,409
257
2000
28,060
0
8,340
36,400
245
1999
25,060
75
7,924
32,984
241
1997
24,488
0
8,171
32,659
243
1994
22,388
0
8,381
30,769
230
1993
21,680
0
8,168
29,848
230
1992
20,945
0
7,524
28,469
225
1991
21,150
0
6,500
27,650
210
1988
0
0
0
26,870
193
1987
20,485
0
6,385
26,870
193
1986
14,867
0
4,641
19,508
160
1985
14,297
0
3,908
18,205
156
1984
13,633
0
4,032
17,665
151
1983
12,630
0
4,129
16,759
145
1982
12,195
0
3,235
15,430
140
1980
11,085
0
3,653
14,738
130
1979
11,085
0
3,653
14,738
132
1978
10,781
0
3,619
14,400
132
1977
10,581
0
3,365
13,946
127
1975
10,130
0
4,085
14,215
127
1974
9,980
0
3,491
13,471
125
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2009
159
39
79
277
2008
154
54
41
249
2007
154
54
41
249
2006
139
54
41
234
2003
138
41
38
217
2000
145
41
36
222
1999
138
34
41
213
1997
141
33
33
207
1994
135
0
0
205
1993
138
0
0
191
1992
129
0
0
181
1991
114
0
0
170
1988
114
0
0
139
1987
114
0
0
139
1986
90
0
0
160
1985
86
0
0
120
1984
83
0
0
118
1983
64
0
0
96
1982
67
0
0
100
1980
67
0
0
97
1979
60
0
0
91
1978
55
0
0
82
1977
46
0
0
76
1975
54
0
0
77
1974
48
0
0
77
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2009
219
1,622
10,545
12,167
2008
242
1,679
11,116
13,043
2007
242
1,679
11,116
13,043
2006
223
1,589
10,669
12,258
2003
211
1,467
10,109
11,576
1999
221
1,161
6,005
7,166
1997
213
0
6,345
6,345
1994
230
0
0
5,844
1992
183
0
0
6,576
1991
182
0
0
8,705
1987
180
0
0
8,100
1986
141
0
0
6,898
1985
136
0
0
6,367
1984
131
0
0
6,083
1983
129
0
0
5,555
1982
126
0
0
5,424
1980
119
0
0
5,402
1979
119
0
0
5,402
1978
111
0
0
5,400
1977
109
0
0
5,340
1975
110
0
0
5,285
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2009
$1,958,561
$1,958,561
$0
2008
$2,307,821
$2,307,821
$0
2007
$2,803,074
$2,803,074
$0
2006
$3,167,836
$3,167,836
$0
2004
$2,524,505
$2,524,505
$0
2000
$1,840,069
$1,840,069
$0
1999
$1,138,349
$0
$0
1998
$1,570,770
$0
$0
1977
$431,303
$748,379
$317,076