The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, but over half of its members are located in the Midwest . It is a member of the International Lutheran Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members. [3] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri and is divided into 35 districts —33 of which are geographic and two (the English and the SELC ) non-geographic. The current president is the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison , who took office on September 1, 2010.

The Missouri Synod emerged from several communities of German Lutheran immigrants during the 1830s and 1840s. In Indiana , Ohio , and Michigan , isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken . A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri , and St. Louis , Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan , and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. [4]

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony , Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism , Christian ecumenism , and the prospect of a forced unionism of the Lutheran church with the Reformed church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia , the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non-Lutheran communion and baptismal doctrine and practice. [5] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord , Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. [6]


Your donation can send a message of encouragement to Ryan and Emily McDermott as they reach people in Africa with the Gospel.


LCMS Disaster Response continues to support local Synod districts, congregations and partners in long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


St. John’s Lutheran in Racine, Wis., is one of many terrific LCMS schools caring for His children. The Synod officially celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 21-27.

The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, but over half of its members are located in the Midwest . It is a member of the International Lutheran Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members. [3] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri and is divided into 35 districts —33 of which are geographic and two (the English and the SELC ) non-geographic. The current president is the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison , who took office on September 1, 2010.

The Missouri Synod emerged from several communities of German Lutheran immigrants during the 1830s and 1840s. In Indiana , Ohio , and Michigan , isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken . A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri , and St. Louis , Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan , and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. [4]

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony , Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism , Christian ecumenism , and the prospect of a forced unionism of the Lutheran church with the Reformed church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia , the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non-Lutheran communion and baptismal doctrine and practice. [5] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord , Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. [6]


Your donation can send a message of encouragement to Ryan and Emily McDermott as they reach people in Africa with the Gospel.


LCMS Disaster Response continues to support local Synod districts, congregations and partners in long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


St. John’s Lutheran in Racine, Wis., is one of many terrific LCMS schools caring for His children. The Synod officially celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 21-27.

The LWF has 145 member churches, including two associate member churches, as well as ten recognized churches and congregations, and two recognized councils.

Churches that wish to join the LWF must formally accept the Federation’s doctrinal basis as outlined in the LWF Constitution . Please contact the DMD staff responsible for your region if you have an inquiry about membership. 

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From January 18-25 we lift up Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a time of shared or personal prayer, and reflection and fellowship. Consider how you and your congregation will participate. Resources and prayers are now available for us.

ELCIC's National Bishop writes to Canada's Prime Minister in support of peace in the Holy Land and a just and negotiated resolution to the special status of Jerusalem.

The Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies, including Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) , welcome the Government of Canada’s decision to launch the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund for the response to the Rohingya Crisis.

The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, but over half of its members are located in the Midwest . It is a member of the International Lutheran Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members. [3] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri and is divided into 35 districts —33 of which are geographic and two (the English and the SELC ) non-geographic. The current president is the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison , who took office on September 1, 2010.

The Missouri Synod emerged from several communities of German Lutheran immigrants during the 1830s and 1840s. In Indiana , Ohio , and Michigan , isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken . A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri , and St. Louis , Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan , and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. [4]

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony , Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism , Christian ecumenism , and the prospect of a forced unionism of the Lutheran church with the Reformed church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia , the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non-Lutheran communion and baptismal doctrine and practice. [5] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord , Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. [6]

The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, but over half of its members are located in the Midwest . It is a member of the International Lutheran Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members. [3] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri and is divided into 35 districts —33 of which are geographic and two (the English and the SELC ) non-geographic. The current president is the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison , who took office on September 1, 2010.

The Missouri Synod emerged from several communities of German Lutheran immigrants during the 1830s and 1840s. In Indiana , Ohio , and Michigan , isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken . A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri , and St. Louis , Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan , and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. [4]

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony , Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism , Christian ecumenism , and the prospect of a forced unionism of the Lutheran church with the Reformed church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia , the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non-Lutheran communion and baptismal doctrine and practice. [5] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord , Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. [6]


Your donation can send a message of encouragement to Ryan and Emily McDermott as they reach people in Africa with the Gospel.


LCMS Disaster Response continues to support local Synod districts, congregations and partners in long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


St. John’s Lutheran in Racine, Wis., is one of many terrific LCMS schools caring for His children. The Synod officially celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 21-27.

The LWF has 145 member churches, including two associate member churches, as well as ten recognized churches and congregations, and two recognized councils.

Churches that wish to join the LWF must formally accept the Federation’s doctrinal basis as outlined in the LWF Constitution . Please contact the DMD staff responsible for your region if you have an inquiry about membership. 

The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, but over half of its members are located in the Midwest . It is a member of the International Lutheran Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members. [3] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri and is divided into 35 districts —33 of which are geographic and two (the English and the SELC ) non-geographic. The current president is the Rev. Matthew C. Harrison , who took office on September 1, 2010.

The Missouri Synod emerged from several communities of German Lutheran immigrants during the 1830s and 1840s. In Indiana , Ohio , and Michigan , isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken . A movement of Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community in Perry County, Missouri , and St. Louis , Missouri. In Michigan and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan , and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan. [4]

In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony , Lutheran pastor Martin Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly at odds with the rationalism , Christian ecumenism , and the prospect of a forced unionism of the Lutheran church with the Reformed church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia , the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non-Lutheran communion and baptismal doctrine and practice. [5] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord , Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States in November 1838. [6]


Your donation can send a message of encouragement to Ryan and Emily McDermott as they reach people in Africa with the Gospel.


LCMS Disaster Response continues to support local Synod districts, congregations and partners in long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.


St. John’s Lutheran in Racine, Wis., is one of many terrific LCMS schools caring for His children. The Synod officially celebrates National Lutheran Schools Week Jan. 21-27.

The LWF has 145 member churches, including two associate member churches, as well as ten recognized churches and congregations, and two recognized councils.

Churches that wish to join the LWF must formally accept the Federation’s doctrinal basis as outlined in the LWF Constitution . Please contact the DMD staff responsible for your region if you have an inquiry about membership. 

Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. Includes the Catholic Encyclopedia, Church Fathers, Summa, Bible and more — all for only $19.99...

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