Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America [Canada]

Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America [Canada]

1020 Alcott Ave., W.
Box 655
Fergus Falls, MN 56538
United States

Attesting Officer
Bishop Robert Tyler
Chief Bishop


Media Contact
Pres., Rev. Joel Egge

46.2775284, -96.0894131


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 on 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 an Internationa Mission program in Cameroon, Chad, Japan and Taiwan. Approximately 40 percent of the synodical budget is earmarked for international mission. A growing North American Regional Mission home mission ministry is planting new congregations in the United States and Canada. Affiliate organizations operate several retirement, nursing homes, conference and retreat centers.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2010
466
791
330
796
11
2009
487
791
329
816
11
2004
425
699
251
676
8
2002
376
715
246
622
9
1999
383
704
204
587
10
1998
404
0
224
628
11
1997
343
0
216
559
10
1996
343
0
224
567
9
1995
345
0
615
960
7
1994
356
0
711
1,067
7
1993
344
0
617
961
7
1992
328
0
177
505
7
1990
309
0
205
514
7
1989
309
0
220
529
7
1988
259
0
199
458
7
1984
0
0
0
579
10
1983
344
0
251
595
10
1982
323
0
257
580
11
1981
283
0
260
543
11
1980
292
0
250
542
11
1979
272
0
273
545
10
1978
1,040
0
390
1,430
11
1977
326
0
200
526
11
1973
0
0
0
305
6
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2010
8
1
1
10
2009
8
1
1
10
2004
10
1
2
13
2002
9
1
0
10
1999
10
1
0
11
1998
10
0
0
11
1997
10
0
0
11
1996
6
0
0
7
1995
8
0
0
9
1994
6
0
0
7
1993
9
0
0
10
1992
6
0
0
6
1990
6
0
0
8
1989
6
0
0
8
1988
5
0
0
5
1984
8
0
0
9
1983
10
0
0
13
1982
7
0
0
10
1981
6
0
0
9
1980
7
0
0
10
1979
7
0
0
11
1978
8
0
0
9
1977
10
0
0
12
1973
3
0
0
4
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2010
11
55
217
272
2009
11
58
299
357
2004
7
49
287
336
2002
9
79
397
476
1999
10
90
423
513
1998
9
0
0
487
1997
8
0
0
473
1996
8
0
0
462
1995
9
0
0
448
1994
10
0
0
600
1992
8
0
0
479
1990
7
0
0
590
1989
7
0
0
594
1988
7
0
0
532
1983
10
0
0
602
1982
10
0
0
581
1981
11
0
0
591
1980
6
0
0
597
1979
10
0
0
527
1978
10
0
0
522
1977
11
0
0
616
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
2010
$0
$1,151,168
$1,151,168
2009
$0
$1,138,664
$1,138,664
2004
$150,468
$755,605
$605,137
2002
$119,448
$650,359
$530,911
1999
$135,041
$595,181
$460,140
1997
$102,319
$574,316
$471,997
1996
$1,812,818
$10,419,250
$8,606,432