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The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), often referred to simply as the Missouri Synod, is a traditional, confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States. With 2 million members,[3] it is the second-largest Lutheran
Lutheran
body in the U.S., the largest being Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America. The LCMS was organized in 1847 at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois, as the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States (German: Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Synode von Missouri, Ohio
Ohio
und andern Staaten), a name which reflected the geographic locations of the founding congregations. 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
Lutheran
Council and is in altar and pulpit fellowship with most of that group's members.[4] The LCMS is headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri
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.

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Contents

1 History

1.1 Origins

1.1.1 The Saxon immigration 1.1.2 The Löhe missionaries

1.2 Founding and early years 1.3 The Synodical Conference 1.4 English transition 1.5 Post-WWII

2 Foreign missions 3 Beliefs

3.1 Doctrinal sources

3.1.1 Salvation 3.1.2 Means of grace 3.1.3 Sacramental Union and the Eucharist 3.1.4 Eschatology 3.1.5 Law and Gospel

3.2 Other doctrine

3.2.1 Antichrists 3.2.2 Creationism 3.2.3 Freemasonry

3.3 Baptism
Baptism
and other doctrine

4 Practices

4.1 Worship and music 4.2 Reception of communion 4.3 Ordination 4.4 LCMS National Youth Gathering

5 Church structure

5.1 Synod 5.2 Districts 5.3 Congregations

6 Organizations

6.1 Educational institutions 6.2 Auxiliary organizations

7 Relationship with other Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies 8 Membership and demographics 9 Presidents 10 In the news 11 See also 12 Notes 13 Further reading

13.1 History 13.2 Seminex 13.3 Missions 13.4 Doctrine 13.5 Primary sources

14 External links

14.1 Official LCMS websites 14.2 Additional resource websites

History[edit] Origins[edit] 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
Martin Stephan
created a community in Perry County, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri. In Michigan
Michigan
and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe
Wilhelm Löhe
ministered to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran
Lutheran
communities in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan.[5] The Saxon immigration[edit] Main article: Saxon Lutheran
Lutheran
immigration of 1838–39 In the 19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony, Lutheran
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
Lutheran
church with the Reformed
Reformed
church. In the neighboring Kingdom of Prussia, the Prussian Union of 1817 put in place what they considered non- Lutheran
Lutheran
communion and baptismal doctrine and practice.[6] In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance with the Lutheran
Lutheran
confessions outlined in the Book of Concord, Stephan and between 600 and 700 other Saxon Lutherans left for the United States
United States
in November 1838.[7] Their ships arrived between December 31, 1838, and January 20, 1839, in New Orleans, with one ship lost at sea.[8] Most of the remaining immigrants left almost immediately, with the first group arriving in St. Louis
St. Louis
on January 19, 1839.[9] The final group, led by Stephan, remained in New Orleans
New Orleans
for ten days, possibly to wait for the passengers of the lost ship Amalia.[10] The immigrants ultimately settled in Perry County, Missouri, and in and around St. Louis. Stephan was initially the bishop of the new settlement, but he soon became embroiled in charges of corruption and sexual misconduct with members of the congregation and was expelled from the settlement, leaving C. F. W. Walther
C. F. W. Walther
as the leader of the colony.[11] During this period, there was considerable debate within the settlement over the proper status of the church in the New World: whether it was a new church or whether it remained within the Lutheran hierarchy in Germany. Walther's view that they could consider themselves a new church prevailed.[12] The Löhe missionaries[edit] Further information: Frankenmuth, Michigan
Michigan
§ History Beginning in 1841, the parish pastor in Neuendettelsau, Bavaria—Wilhelm Löhe—inspired by appeals for aid to the German immigrants in North America, began to solicit funds for missionary work among them. He also began training men to become pastors and teachers, sending his first two students—Adam Ernst and Georg Burger—to America on August 5, 1842.[13] Löhe ultimately sent over 80 pastors and students of theology to America; these pastors founded and served congregations throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.[14] Löhe also led an early and largely abortive effort to send missionaries to convert the Native Americans. In 1844 and 1845, he solicited colonists to form a German Lutheran
Lutheran
settlement in Michigan, with the thought that this settlement would also serve as the base for missionary activity among the Native Americans. The colonists left Germany on April 20, 1845, under the leadership of Pastor August Crämer, and arrived in Saginaw County, Michigan, in August of that year. They founded several villages—Frankenmuth, Frankenlust, Frankentrost, and Frankenhilf (now known as Richville)—and worked to convert the Native Americans. They had limited success, however, and the villages became nearly exclusively German settlements within a few years.[15][16] In addition to sending pastors, theological students, and colonists to America, Löhe also played an instrumental role in the formation of Concordia Theological Seminary, raising funds for the new institution and sending eleven theological students and a professor from Germany to help found it. The seminary's first president, Wilhelm Sihler, had also been sent by Löhe to America several years before. It was due to Löhe's great zeal and indefatigable labors that the LCMS' first president, C. F. W. Walther, once said of him, "Next to God, it is Pastor Loehe to whom our Synod is indebted for its happy beginning and rapid growth in which it rejoices; it may well honor him as its spiritual father. It would fill the pages of an entire book to recount even briefly what for many years this man, with tireless zeal in the noblest unselfish spirit, has done for our Lutheran
Lutheran
Church and our Synod in particular."[17] Founding and early years[edit]

St. Paul's in Chicago, where the first meeting of the Missouri Synod was held.[18]

Old Lutheran
Lutheran
free church leader Friedrich August Brünn sent about 235 men to serve as pastors in the Missouri Synod.[19]

In 1844 and 1845, the three groups listed above (the Saxons, the Löhe men, and Wyneken and one of his assistants) began to discuss the possibility of forming a new, confessional Lutheran
Lutheran
church body. As a result of these discussions, the Löhe missionaries and Wyneken and his assistant (F. W. Husmann) decided to leave their respective synods. Two planning meetings were held in St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, Missouri
and Fort Wayne, Indiana
Indiana
in May and July of 1846.[20] Then, on April 26, 1847, twelve pastors representing fourteen German Lutheran congregations met in Chicago, Illinois, and officially founded the new church body, the German Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States. Walther became the fledgling denomination's first president.[21] The synod was quickly noted for its conservatism and self-professed orthodoxy. The synod's constitution required all members (both pastors and congregations) to pledge fealty to the entire Book of Concord, to reject unionism and syncretism of every kind, to use only doctrinally pure books in both church and school, and to provide for the Christian education of their children.[22] Among other things, these requirements meant that altar and pulpit fellowship was usually restricted to those Lutheran
Lutheran
congregations and synods who were in complete doctrinal agreement with the Missouri Synod.[23] The LCMS' conservatism soon drew it into conflict with other Lutheran synods, the majority of which were then experimenting with so-called "American Lutheranism." In addition, the LCMS also quickly became embroiled in a dispute with the Buffalo Synod and its leader, Johannes Andreas August Grabau, over the proper understanding of the Church and the Ministry. Within a few years, this conflict led to a separation between the Missouri Synod and Löhe, as Löhe's views were close to those of Grabau.[24] Despite these conflicts, the Missouri Synod experienced fairly rapid growth in its early years, leading to the subdivision of the synod into four districts in 1854. This growth was due largely to the synod's efforts, under the leadership of its second president, F. C. D. Wyneken, to care for German immigrants, help them find a home among other Germans, build churches and parochial schools, and train pastors and teachers. The synod continued these outreach efforts throughout the 19th century, becoming the largest Lutheran
Lutheran
church body in the United States
United States
by 1888.[25] By the synod's fiftieth anniversary in 1897, it had grown to 687,000 members.[26] The Synodical Conference[edit] Main article: Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synodical Conference of North America Between 1856 and 1859, the Missouri Synod hosted a series of four free conferences in order to explore the possibility of entering into fellowship agreements with other conservative Lutheran
Lutheran
synods.[27] As a result of these conferences, the LCMS entered into fellowship with the Norwegian Synod in 1857. In 1872, these two synods joined the Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, and Illinois Synods, other conservative Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies, in forming the Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synodical Conference of North America.[28] In 1876, the constituent synods of the Synodical Conference considered a plan to reorganize into a single unified church body with a single seminary. Some preliminary moves were made in this direction (including the 1876 absorption of the Illinois Synod into the LCMS' Illinois District), but opposition from some synods postponed the complete implementation of this plan, and the Predestinarian Controversy of the 1880s scuttled the plan entirely. As a result of the controversy, several pastors and congregations withdrew from the Ohio
Ohio
Synod to form the Concordia Synod; this synod merged with the LCMS in 1886.[29] English transition[edit] Further information: English District (LCMS) For the first thirty years of its existence, the Missouri Synod focused almost exclusively on meeting the spiritual needs of German-speaking Lutherans, leaving work among English-speaking Lutherans to other synods, particularly the Tennessee and Ohio
Ohio
Synods. In 1872, members of the Tennessee Synod invited representatives from the Missouri, Holston, and Norwegian Synods to discuss the promotion of English work among the more "Americanized" Lutherans, resulting in the organization of the "English Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Conference of Missouri." This conference was reorganized in 1888 as an independent church body: "The English Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod of Missouri and Other States," which then merged into the LCMS as the "English District" in 1911.[30][31] In its first twenty years, the English Synod founded two colleges, organized dozens of congregations and parochial schools, took over the publication of the " Lutheran
Lutheran
Witness" (the LCMS' English-language newspaper), and published several hymnals and other books. English work became more widespread in the LCMS during the first two decades of the twentieth century, with older members of the Synod continuing to speak primarily German and younger members increasingly switching to English. As one scholar has explained, "The overwhelming evidence from internal documents of these [Missouri Synod] churches, and particularly their schools ... indicates that the German-American school was a bilingual one much (perhaps a whole generation or more) earlier than 1917, and that the majority of the pupils may have been English-dominant bilinguals from the early 1880s on."[32] The anti-German sentiment during the wars hastened the "Americanization" of the church and caused many churches to add English services and in some cases, drop German services entirely. During the years of language transition, the Synod's membership continued to grow, until by 1947, the Synod had grown to over 1.5 million members.[33]

Franz Pieper, June 27, 1852 – June 3, 1931

During this time, the LCMS expanded its missionary efforts through the creation of its own radio station— KFUO (AM)
KFUO (AM)
(1923)—and its own international radio program—The Lutheran
Lutheran
Hour (1930). Several years later, the synod began broadcasting its own TV drama—This Is the Life (1952). Post-WWII[edit] In 1947, the church body shortened its name from "The Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and other States" to its present one, the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod. On January 1, 1964, the National Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church, an historically Finnish-American Lutheran
Lutheran
church, merged with the LCMS.[34] In 1971, the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches, an historically Slovak-American church, also merged with the LCMS, forming the SELC District.[35] Beginning in the 1950s, the LCMS became somewhat friendlier to the more liberal Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies, despite the opposition of the other members of the Synodical Conference. This culminated in the break up of the Synodical Conference in 1963. Six years later, the LCMS formed the Lutheran
Lutheran
Council in the United States
United States
of America (LCUSA) with several moderate-to-liberal Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies. However, with the election of J. A. O. Preus II as its president in 1969, the LCMS began a sharp turn towards a more conservative direction. A dispute over the use of the historical-critical method for Biblical interpretation led to the suspension of John Tietjen as president of Concordia Seminary; in response many of the faculty and students left the seminary and formed Seminex ( Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary
in Exile), which took up residence at the nearby Eden Theological Seminary in suburban St. Louis. In 1976 about 250 of the congregations supporting Seminex left the Synod to form the Association of Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches, which became part of the Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America in 1988. The LCMS pulled out of LCUSA shortly after the AELC schism, only a few years after the organization's formation. The entire controversy marked an instance of a conservative religious body resisting theological change rather than incorporating its tenets, something relatively rare among American religious bodies,[citation needed] with the only other analogous scenario being the fundamentalist resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. Foreign missions[edit] The LCMS oversaw an extensive roster of congregations in Canada
Canada
until 1988, when the Canadian component became a separate and autonomous organization, Lutheran
Lutheran
Church-Canada. However, this was an administrative and not theological division and the two groups still share close ties. A small number of Ontario
Ontario
and Quebec
Quebec
churches remain within the LCMS. Beliefs[edit] Doctrinal sources[edit] One of the signature teachings of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Reformation is Sola scriptura—"Scripture alone." The Missouri Synod believes that the Bible
Bible
is the only standard by which church teachings can be judged, and holds that Scripture is best explained and interpreted by the Book of Concord—a series of confessions of faith composed by Lutherans in the 16th century. Missouri Synod pastors and congregations agree to teach in harmony with the Book of Concord
Book of Concord
because it teaches and faithfully explains the Word of God, not based on its own authority alone. Since the Missouri Synod is a confessional church body, its ordained and commissioned ministers of religion are sworn by their oaths of ordination or installation, or both, to interpret the Sacred Scriptures according to the Book of Concord.[36] Its ordained and commissioned ministers of religion are asked to honor and uphold other official teachings of the Synod, meaning "to abide by, act, and teach in accordance with," but are not sworn to believe, confess and teach them as correct interpretations of the Sacred Scriptures.[37] The Missouri Synod also teaches biblical inerrancy,[38] the teaching that Bible
Bible
is inspired by God and is without error. For this reason, they reject much—if not all—of modern liberal scholarship. Franz August Otto Pieper's Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod provides a summary of the major beliefs of the LCMS. Salvation[edit] The Missouri Synod believes that justification comes from God "by divine grace alone, through faith alone, on account of Christ alone." It teaches that Jesus
Jesus
is the focus of the entire Bible
Bible
and that faith in him alone is the way to eternal salvation. The synod rejects any attempt to attribute salvation to anything other than Christ's death and resurrection. Means of grace[edit] The synod teaches that the Word of God, both written and preached, and the Sacraments are means of grace through which the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit
gives the gift of God's grace, creates faith in the hearts of individuals, forgives sins for the sake of Christ's death on the cross, and grants eternal life and salvation. Many Missouri Synod Lutherans define a sacrament as an action instituted by Jesus
Jesus
that combines a promise in God's Word with a physical element, although the synod holds no official definition for sacrament. This means that some may disagree on the number of sacraments. All agree that Baptism
Baptism
and Communion are sacraments.[39] Confession and absolution is called a sacrament in the Apology of the Augsburg Confession
Apology of the Augsburg Confession
and so is also considered by many Lutherans to be a sacrament, because it was instituted by Christ and has His promise of grace, even though it is not tied to a physical element. Unlike Calvinists, Lutherans agree that the means of grace are resistible; this belief is based on numerous biblical references as discussed in the Book of Concord. Sacramental Union and the Eucharist[edit] Regarding the Eucharist, the LCMS rejects both the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and the Reformed
Reformed
teaching that the true body and blood of Christ are not consumed with the consecrated bread and wine in the Eucharist. Rather, it believes in the doctrine of the sacramental union, Real Presence, that the Body and Blood of Christ are truly present "in, with, and under" the elements of bread and wine. Or, as the Smalcald Articles
Smalcald Articles
express this mystery: "Of the Sacrament
Sacrament
of the Altar, we hold that the bread and wine in the Supper are Christ's true body and blood."[40] It is occasionally reported that the LCMS and other Lutherans teach the doctrine of consubstantiation. Consubstantiation
Consubstantiation
is generally rejected by Lutherans and is explicitly rejected by the LCMS as an attempt to define the holy mystery of Christ's presence.[41] Eschatology[edit] The Missouri Synod flatly rejects millennialism[42] and considers itself amillennialist.[43] This means that they believe there will be no literal 1000-year visible earthly kingdom of Jesus, a view termed as "realized millennialism" in which the "thousand years" of Rev 20:1–10 is taken figuratively as a reference to the time of Christ's reign as king from the day of his ascension. Hence, the millennium is a present reality (Christ's heavenly reign), not a future hope for a rule of Christ on earth after his return (the parousia)[44] (cf. Mt 13:41–42; Mt 28:18; Eph 2:6; Col 3:1–3). Law and Gospel[edit] The LCMS believes that the Holy Scriptures contain two crucial teachings—the Law and the Gospel. The Law is all those demands in the Bible
Bible
which must be obeyed in order to gain salvation. However, because all people are sinners, it is impossible for people to completely obey the Law. Therefore, the Law implies an inevitable consequence of God's wrath, judgment, and damnation. The Gospel, on the other hand, is the promise of free salvation from God to sinners. The Law condemns; the Gospel saves. Both the Law and the Gospel are gifts from God; both are necessary. The function of the law is to show people their sinful nature and drive them to the Gospel, in which the forgiveness of sin is promised for the sake of the death and resurrection of Jesus
Jesus
Christ.[45][46] The LCMS holds that the Old Testament
Old Testament
and the New Testament
New Testament
both contain both Law and Gospel. The Old Testament, therefore, is valuable to Christians. Its teachings point forward in time to the Cross of Christ in the same way that the New Testament
New Testament
points backward in time to the Cross. This Lutheran
Lutheran
doctrine was summarized by C. F. W. Walther in The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. Other doctrine[edit] Antichrists[edit] The LCMS holds that all "false teachers who teach contrary to Christ's Word are opponents of Christ" and, insofar as they do so, are anti-Christ.[47] The LCMS does not teach, nor has it ever taught, that any individual pope as a person is to be identified with the Antichrist.[47] However, to the extent that the papacy continues to claim as official dogma the canons and decrees of the Council of Trent, the LCMS position is that the office of the papacy is the Antichrist.[47] Creationism[edit] The LCMS officially supports literal creationism but does not have an official position on the precise age of the earth.[48] An official publication of the synod, the well known "Brief Statement of 1932," states under the heading "Of Creation": "We teach that God has created heaven and earth, and that in the manner and in the space of time recorded in the Holy Scriptures, especially Gen. 1 and 2, namely, by His almighty creative word, and in six days."[49] According to the recent 2004 LCMS synodical resolution 2-08A "To commend preaching and teaching Creation," all LCMS churches and educational institutions—including preschool through 12th grade, universities, and seminaries—are "to teach creation from the Biblical perspective." The LCMS website states that an individual's personal views regarding creation do not disqualify a person from being a member of the LCMS.[50] Freemasonry[edit] The Missouri Synod is opposed to Freemasonry
Freemasonry
and instructs its pastors and laypeople to avoid membership or participation in it because the teachings of Freemasonry
Freemasonry
are in direct conflict with the Gospel.[51] Baptism
Baptism
and other doctrine[edit] The LCMS practices infant baptism, based on Acts 2:38–39[52] and other passages of Scripture. It also subscribes to the statement of faith found in the Apostles' Creed, the Ten Commandments and the Lord's Prayer to be applicable to daily life. These doctrines are emphasized in Luther's Small Catechism. Practices[edit] Worship and music[edit] The Missouri Synod's original constitution stated that one of its purposes is to strive toward uniformity in practice, while more recent changes to those documents also encourage responsible and doctrinally sound diversity. The synod requires that hymns, songs, liturgies, and practices be in harmony with the Bible
Bible
and Book of Concord. Worship in Missouri Synod congregations is generally thought of as orthodox and liturgical, utilizing a printed order of service and hymnal, and is typically accompanied by a pipe organ or piano. The contents of LCMS hymnals from the past, such as The Lutheran
Lutheran
Hymnal and Lutheran Worship, and those of its newest hymnal, Lutheran
Lutheran
Service Book, highlight the synod's unwavering stance towards more traditional styles of hymnody and liturgy. More traditional LCMS Lutherans point to the Lutheran
Lutheran
Confessions in their defense of liturgical worship.[53] Towards the later parts of the twentieth century and up until present day, many congregations have adopted a more progressive style of worship, employing different styles such as contemporary Christian music with guitars and praise bands and often project song lyrics onto screens instead of using hymnals. While this shift in style challenges the traditionalism of hymnody that the LCMS holds strongly, the LCMS has released a statement on worship admitting that, "The best of musical traditions, both ancient and modern, are embraced by the Lutheran
Lutheran
church in its worship, with an emphasis on congregational singing, reinforced by the choir."[54] Reception of communion[edit] The LCMS endorses the doctrine of close or closed communion[55]—the policy of sharing the Eucharist
Eucharist
ordinarily only with those who are baptized and confirmed members of one of the congregations of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod or of a congregation of one of its sister churches with which it has formally declared altar and pulpit fellowship (i.e., agreement in all articles of doctrine). Missouri Synod congregations implement closed communion in various ways, requiring conformity to official doctrine in various degrees. Usually, visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before coming to that congregation's altar for the first time. Most congregations invite those uneducated on the subject of the Eucharist
Eucharist
to join in the fellowship and receive a blessing instead of the body and blood of Christ. This is because, as Bonhoeffer emphasizes in his book Life Together, Christ comes to us and sustains us through community. Some congregations, however, do not implement the synod's policy, celebrating open communion and welcoming all to their altars. The existence of such divergent practice of doctrine challenges the unity of the LCMS.[56] Ordination[edit] Ordination is seen as a public ceremony of recognition that a man has received and accepted a divine call, and hence is considered to be in the office of the public ministry. The Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope agrees that "ordination was nothing else than such a ratification" of local elections by the people.[57] The LCMS does not believe ordination is divinely instituted[58] or an extension of an episcopal form of apostolic succession but sees the office grounded in the Word and Sacrament
Sacrament
ministry of the Gospel, arguing that Scripture makes no distinction between a presbyter (priest) and a bishop (see Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope, paragraphs 63,64, citing St. Jerome). The Augsburg Confession
Augsburg Confession
(Article XIV) holds that no one is to preach, teach, or administer the sacraments without a regular call. LCMS pastors are generally required to have a four-year bachelor's degree (in any discipline), as well as a four-year Master of Divinity degree, which is usually obtained from one of these institutions: Concordia Seminary
Concordia Seminary
in St. Louis
St. Louis
or the Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Indiana
or at the two seminaries run by the Lutheran Church–Canada. Candidates may earn their Master of Divinity degree at other seminaries but may then be required to take colloquy classes at either St. Louis
St. Louis
or Ft. Wayne. Seminary training includes classwork in historical theology, Biblical languages (Biblical Greek and Hebrew), practical application (education, preaching, and mission), and doctrine (the basic teachings and beliefs of the synod). The Missouri Synod teaches that the ordination of women as clergy is contrary to scripture. The issue of women's roles in the church body has continued to be a subject of debate within the synod. During the Cooperative Clergy Study Project in the year 2000, 10% out of 652 LCMS pastors surveyed stated that all clergy positions should be open to women, while 82% disagreed.[59] Congregations were permitted to enact female suffrage within Missouri Synod congregations in 1969, and it was affirmed at the Synod's 2004 convention that women may also "serve in humanly established offices" as long as those offices do not include any of the "distinctive functions of the pastoral office." Thus in many congregations of the LCMS, women now serve as congregation president or chairperson, etc. This is the cause of contention within the LCMS, with some congregations utilizing women in public worship to read lessons and assist in the distribution of holy communion. Other traditional Lutherans reject such practices as unbiblical, with a minority of congregations continuing the historic practice of male suffrage, similar to the Wisconsin Synod. LCMS National Youth Gathering[edit] The National Youth Gathering is held every three years. The most recent gathering took place from July 16–20, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The theme for the 2016 gathering was "In Christ Alone." The previous gathering took place in 2013 in San Antonio, Texas
Texas
from July 1–5, 2013. It was based on the theme, "Live Love(d)." The 2010 gathering in New Orleans
New Orleans
was based on the theme "We Believe". In both 2007 and 2004, The LCMS National Youth Gatherings were held at the Orange County Convention Center
Orange County Convention Center
in Orlando, Florida. The gathering's theme in 2007 was "Chosen." The gathering in 2007 was originally planned to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, but due to Hurricane Katrina, the location was changed to Orlando, Florida. Around 25,000 youth attend each gathering. Many Christian bands and artists perform at gatherings. Church structure[edit] The LCMS has a modified form of congregational polity. This is different from some other Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies which have maintained episcopal polity; however, this is not considered to be a point of doctrine, as the Synod is in fellowship with some Lutheran
Lutheran
church bodies in Europe that have an episcopal structure. The corporate LCMS is formally constituted of two types of members: self-governing[60] local congregations that qualify for membership by mutual agreement to adhere to stated principles, and clergymen who qualify by similar means. Congregations hold legal title to their church buildings and other property, and call (hire) and dismiss their own clergy. Much of the practical work of the LCMS structure is as a free employment brokerage to bring the two together; it also allows the congregations to work together on projects far too large for even a local consortium of congregations to accomplish, such as foreign mission work.

Official seal of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod

Synod[edit] The LCMS as a whole is led by an ordained Synodical President, currently the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. The President is chosen at a synodical convention, a gathering of the two membership groups (professional clergymen and lay representatives from the member congregations). The convention is held every three years; discussions of doctrine and policy take place at these events, and elections are held to fill various Synod positions. The next Synod convention will be in 2019. Local conventions within each circuit and district are held in the intervening years. Districts[edit] Main article: Districts of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod The entire synod is divided into districts, usually corresponding to a specific geographic area, as well as two non-geographical districts, the English and the SELC, which were formed when the formerly separate English Missouri Synod and the Slovak Synod, respectively, merged with the formerly German-speaking Missouri Synod. Each district is led by an elected district president, who must be an ordained clergyman. Most district presidencies are full-time positions, but there are a few exceptions in which the district president also serves as a parish pastor. The districts are subdivided into circuits, each of which is led by a circuit counselor, who is an ordained pastor from one of the member congregations. Districts are roughly analogous to dioceses in other Christian communities. Congregations[edit] Congregations are served by full-time professional clergy. The LCMS is congregationalist with regard to polity. Organizations[edit] Educational institutions[edit] In addition to its two seminaries, the LCMS operates ten universities, known as the Concordia University System. Auxiliary organizations[edit] Among the LCMS's other auxiliary organizations are the Lutheran Laymen's League (now known as Lutheran
Lutheran
Hour Ministries), which conducts outreach ministries including The Lutheran
Lutheran
Hour radio program; and the Lutheran
Lutheran
Women's Missionary League. The synod also operates Concordia Publishing House, through which it publishes the official periodical of the LCMS, The Lutheran
Lutheran
Witness. Relationship with other Lutheran
Lutheran
bodies[edit] Maintaining its position as a confessional church body emphasizing the importance of full agreement in the teachings of the Bible, the LCMS is not associated with ecumenical organizations such as the National Council of Churches, the National Association of Evangelicals, the World Council of Churches
World Council of Churches
or the Lutheran
Lutheran
World Federation. It is, however, a member of the International Lutheran
Lutheran
Council, made up of over 30 Lutheran
Lutheran
churches worldwide that support the confessional doctrines of the Bible
Bible
and the Book of Concord. At the 2007 convention, the delegates voted to establish altar and pulpit fellowship with the American Association of Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches (AALC). Although its strongly conservative views on theology and ethics might seem to make the LCMS politically compatible with Protestant evangelicals and fundamentalists in the U.S., the LCMS largely eschews political activity, partly out of concerns to keep the denomination untainted with potential heresies and also because of its strict understanding of the Lutheran
Lutheran
distinction between the Two Kingdoms (see above), which repudiates the primarily Calvinist presuppositions about the totalizing rule of God that informs much, if not most, of U.S. evangelical understanding of politics and Christianity. However, both LCMS and Evangelicals share the common belief that life begins and should be protected by law since conception.[61] The LCMS is distinguished from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) by three main theological beliefs:

The biblical understanding of fellowship: the LCMS believes in a distinction between the altar, pulpit fellowship, and other manifestations of Christian fellowship (i.e., a prayer fellowship). The WELS does not. The doctrine of the ministry: the LCMS believes that the Pastoral office is divinely established, but all other offices are human institutions and hence are not divinely established. The WELS believes that the Ministry of the Word is divinely established and that congregations and the synod may choose the forms of public ministry they wish to use. The role of women in the church: Although both the LCMS and WELS agree that Scripture reserves the pastoral office for men, the WELS also believes that Scripture forbids women's suffrage in the congregation.

Respondents to the Pew Research Center's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey of 2008 included members of LCMS and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)[62]

Pew Survey Results by Denomination LCMS ELCA

Number of adults surveyed out of total of 35,556: 588 869

Percent of adults in the United States: 1.4% 2.0%

Percent of adult Protestants in the United States: 2.7% 3.8%

Do you believe in God or a universal spirit? Absolutely Certain: 84% 77%

Fairly Certain: 12% 19%

Do not believe in God: 1% 0%

Don't Know/Refused/Other: 1% 1%

The Bible Word of God to be taken literally word for word: 42% 23%

Word of God, but not literally true word for word/Unsure if literally true: 39% 48%

Book written by men, not the word of God: 15% 20%

Don't Know/Refused/Other: 4% 9%

Abortion Abortion should be legal in all cases: 16% 18%

Abortion should be legal in most cases: 35% 42%

Abortion should be illegal in most cases: 32% 26%

Abortion should be illegal in all cases: 13% 6%

Don't know/Refused: 5% 7%

Interpretation of Religious Teachings There is only ONE true way to interpret the teachings of my religion: 28% 15%

There is MORE than one true way to interpret the teachings of my religion: 68% 82%

Neither/Both Equally: 1% 1%

Don't Know/Refused: 3% 2%

Homosexuality Homosexuality should be accepted: 44% 56%

Homosexuality should be discouraged: 47% 33%

Neither/Both Equally: 4% 3%

Don't Know/Refused: 5% 3%

Membership and demographics[edit] Membership growth was substantial in the first half of the 20th century. According to the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches,[63] the LCMS had 628,695 members in 1925. By 1950 the number of members had grown to over 1.6 million. Membership peaked in 1970 at just under 2.8 million. In 2015 the LCMS reported 2,097,258 members and 6,105 churches, with 6,094 active clergy.[64] LCMS membership continues to be concentrated in the Upper Midwest. The five states with the highest rates of adherence are Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.[65] The Pew Research Center's U.S. Religious Landscape Survey in 2014 found that the LCMS was the third-least racially diverse major religious group in the country. The Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America was second and the National Baptist Convention was the least diverse.[66] The 2008 figures were:[67]

Demographic Results for 2008 ELCA LCMS Total Population

Age 18–29 8% 11% 20%

30–49 36% 32% 39%

50–64 29% 31% 25%

65+ 27% 26% 16%

Marital Status Never Married 11% 11% 19%

Married 63% 60% 54%

Living with Partner 3% 5% 6%

Divorced/Separated 10% 11% 12%

Widowed 13% 13% 8%

Children at home under 18 No Children 70% 72% 65%

One Child 11% 11% 13%

Two Children 13% 10% 13%

Three Children 5% 5% 6%

Four or more Children 1% 2% 3%

Race White (non-Hispanic) 97% 95% 71%

Black (non-Hispanic) 1% 2% 11%

Asian (non-Hispanic) 1% 1% 3%

Other/Mixed (non-Hispanic) 1% 1% 3%

Hispanic 1% 1% 12%

Region Northeast 19% 7% 19%

Midwest 51% 64% 23%

South 16% 16% 36%

West 14% 13% 22%

Gender Male 44% 47% 48%

Female 56% 53% 52%

Level of Education Less than High School 6% 9% 14%

Graduated High School 38% 38% 36%

Some College 26% 25% 23%

Graduated College 19% 18% 16%

Post-graduate 11% 9% 11%

Family Income Less than $30,000 24% 24% 31%

$30,000–$49,999 24% 20% 22%

$50,000–$74,999 21% 20% 17%

$75,000–$99,999 15% 18% 13%

$100,000 or more 17% 17% 18%

LCMS Membership Statistics[68][69][70][71][72]

Year Pastors Congregations Members

1847 22 -- --

1848 50 -- --

1849 61 -- --

1850 75 -- --

1872 415 543 --

1897 1,564 1,986 687,334

1922 3,073 -- 1,041,514

1925 3,062 3,849 628,695

1929 3,279 3,542 696,967

1935 3,605 4,224 1,230,705

1939 – 4,205 1,277,097

1941 – 4,326 1,320,510

1944 – 4,075 1,356,665

1946 – 4,430 1,469,213

1950 4,621 4,430 1,674,901

1951 4,661 4,478 1,728,989

1953 4,817 4,592 1,850,100

1954 4,916 4,701 1,932,000

1955 5,020 4,805 2,004,110

1956 5,037 4,989 2,076,550

1957 5,178 4,979 2,150,230

1958 5,299 5,028 2,234,844

1959 5,398 5,109 2,304,962

1960 5,506 5,215 2,391,195

1961 5,658 5,276 2,464,436

1962 5,756 5,432 2,522,095

1963 6,091 5,519 2,591,762

1964 6,257 5,556 2,650,857

1965 6,395 5,639 2,692,889

1966 6,469 5,647 2,729,897

1967 6,572 5,707 2,759,308

1968 6,719 5,733 2,781,892

1969 6,758 5,745 2,786,102

1970 6,866 5,690 2,788,536

1971 7,041 5,724 2,788,110

1972 7,174 5,741 2,781,297

1973 7,316 5,777 2,776,104

1974 7,331 5,813 2,769,594

1975 7,425 5,797 2,763,545

1976 7,414 5,832 2,757,271

1977 7,163 5,687 2,673,321

1978 7,161 5,669 2,631,374

1979 7,211 5,689 2,623,181

1980 7,296 5,694 2,625,650

1981 7,376 5,710 2,636,715

1982 7,559 5,752 2,630,823

1983 7,682 5,829 2,630,947

1984 7,823 5,812 2,628,133

1985 7,954 5,876 2,638,164

1986 8,044 5,897 2,630,588

1987 8,139 5,912 2,614,375

1988 8,193 5,939 2,604,278

1989 8,271 5,990 2,609,025

1990 8,301 5,296 2,602,849

1991 8,389 5,364 2,607,309

1992 8,799 5,369 2,609,905

1993 8,844 6,134 2,598,935

1994 8,879 6,148 2,596,927

1995 8,140 6,154 2,594,555

1996 8,215 6,099 2,601,144

1997 8,672 6,215 2,603,036

1998 8,316 6,218 2,594,404

1999 8,365 6,220 2,582,440

2000 8,257 6,150 2,554,088

2001 8,497 6,187 2,540,045

2002 8,505 6,142 2,512,714

2003 8,515 6,160 2,488,936

2004 8,515 6,151 2,463,747

2005 8,502 6,144 2,440,864

2006 8,601 6,155 2,417,997

2007 8,901 6,167 2,383,084

2008 9,010 6,123 2,337,349

2009 9,357 6,178 2,312,111

2010 8,927 6,158 2,278,586

2013 -- -- 2,163,698

2014 -- 6,105 2,097,258

2015 -- 6,101 2,060,514

2016 -- -- 2,017,834

Presidents[edit]

Matthew C. Harrison
Matthew C. Harrison
is the current president of the Missouri Synod.

1847–1850 Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther 1850–1864 Friedrich Conrad Dietrich Wyneken 1864–1878 Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther 1878–1899 Heinrich Christian Schwan 1899–1911 Franz August Otto Pieper 1911–1935 Friedrich Pfotenhauer 1935–1962 John William Behnken 1962–1969 Oliver Raymond Harms 1969–1981 J. A. O. Preus II 1981–1992 Ralph Arthur Bohlmann 1992–2001 Alvin L. Barry 2001–2001 Robert T. Kuhn 2001–2010 Gerald B. Kieschnick 2010–present Matthew C. Harrison

In the news[edit] The LCMS bars its clergy from worshiping with other faiths, holding "that church fellowship or merger between church bodies in doctrinal disagreement with one another is not in keeping with what the Bible teaches about church fellowship."[73] In practice of this, a Connecticut LCMS pastor was asked to apologize by the president of the denomination, and did so, for participating in an interfaith prayer vigil for the 26 children and adults killed at a Newtown elementary school, and an LCMS pastor in New York was suspended for praying at an interfaith vigil in 2001, 12 days after the September 11 attacks.[74] See also[edit]

Lutheranism
Lutheranism
portal United States
United States
portal

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Australia Protestantism in the United States

Notes[edit]

^ "LCMS statistics for 2016: membership down, contributions up". 2 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.  ^ a b " Lutheran
Lutheran
School Statistics 2016–2017 School Year". Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Retrieved January 30, 2018.  ^ "LCMS congregations report statistics for 2015". Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Retrieved April 23, 2017.  ^ Kieschnick, Jerry (November 2007). "Worldwide Partners in the Gospel". The Lutheran
Lutheran
Witness. Retrieved 29 January 2012.  ^ Lueker, Erwin L. (1965). " Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod". In Bodensieck, Julius. The Encyclopedia of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church. 2. Augsburg Publishing House. pp. 1408–1409.  ^ Baepler, Walter A., A Century of Grace: A History of the Missouri Synod, 1847–1947 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1947), 9-12. ^ Forster, Walter O., Zion on the Mississippi (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1953), 199f. ^ Baepler, 28; Forster, 202-217. ^ Forster, 203. ^ Forster, 218. ^ Lueker, 1408 ^ Baepler, 46ff. ^ Graebner, Theodore, "The Loehe Foundations" in H. W. T. Dau, ed., Ebenezer: Reviews of the Work of the Missouri Synod during Three Quarters of a Century (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1922), 78–81. ^ Pless, John T., "Wilhelm Loehe and the Missouri Synod: Forgotten Paternity or Living Legacy?" (paper presented to the International Loehe Society assembled at Wartburg Theological Seminary, July 12. 2005), 6. ^ Graebner, 87–93. ^ "Michigan's Little Bavaria". Retrieved January 11, 2018.  ^ Erich H. Heintzen, Love Leaves Home: Wilhelm Loehe and the Missouri Synod (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1973), 73. ^ Mezger, George. Denkstein zum fünfundsiebzigjährigen Jubiläum der Missourisynode, 1847–1922. Concordia. St. Louis: 1922. ^ " Lutheran
Lutheran
Church - Missouri Synod - Christian Cyclopedia". Brunn, Friedrich August.  ^ W. G. Polack, Fathers and Founders (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1938), 66–68. ^ Baepler, 98f. ^ Polack, 72f. ^ Baepler, 100. ^ D. H. Steffens, "The Doctrine of the Church and the Ministry" in H. W. T. Dau, ed., Ebenezer: Reviews of the Work of the Missouri Synod during Three Quarters of a Century (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1922), 150ff. ^ Matthias Sheeleigh, ed., The Lutheran
Lutheran
Almanac and Year-Book for the Year of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus
Jesus
Christ 1889 (Philadelphia: Lutheran Publication Society, 1889), 20–21. Note that this is the first year the LCMS was larger than all of the constituent synods of the General Council combined. If comparing the LCMS to individual synods within the General Synod or General Council, it had been the largest American Lutheran
Lutheran
synod since around the year 1870. ^ Baepler, 217. ^ Lueker, Erwin L.; Poellot, Luther; Jackson, Paul, eds. (2000). "Free Lutheran
Lutheran
Conferences". Christian Cyclopedia. Concordia Publishing House.  ^ Baepler, 160. ^ Lueker, Erwin L.; Poellot, Luther; Jackson, Paul, eds. (2000). "Synodical Conference". Christian Cyclopedia. Concordia Publishing House.  ^ Lueker, Erwin L.; Poellot, Luther; Jackson, Paul, eds. (2000). "Missouri and Other States, The English Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod of". Christian Cyclopedia. Concordia Publishing House.  ^ "Our History". The English District of the LCMS.  ^ Schiffman, Harold (1987). "Language loyalty in the German-American Church: the Case of an Over-confident Minority".  ^ Baepler, 355. ^ Lueker, Erwin L.; Poellot, Luther; Jackson, Paul, eds. (2000). "Finnish Lutherans in America". Christian Cyclopedia. Concordia Publishing House.  ^ "About Us". SELC District of the LCMS. Retrieved May 21, 2016.  ^ Constitution of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church Missouri Synod, 2010 edition, Article II Confession, p. 13, and Article V Membership, p. 14. ^ The Bylaws of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church Missouri Synod, 2010 edition, Doctrinal Resolutions and Statements, 1.6.2. (7), p. 39. ^ Of the Holy Scriptures, Missouri Synod ^ Of the means of grace, Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod ^ Smalcald Articles, Concordia: The Lutheran
Lutheran
Confessions (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005), 305. ^ Francis Pieper, Christian Dogmatics (St. Louis:Concordia Publishing House, 1953), 3:326–27 and John Theodore Mueller, Christian Dogmatics (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1934), 519–20, 528. ^ Of the Millennium, Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod ^ End Times – The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod ^ " Lutheran
Lutheran
Church - Missouri Synod - Christian Cyclopedia". Parousia.  ^ Nafzger, Samuel H. (2009). "An Introduction to the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod" (PDF). www.lcms.org. Concordia Publishing House. p. 12. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  ^ Harrison, Matthew (May 2014). "Back to Basics: Law and Gospel". The Lutheran
Lutheran
Witness. Concordia Publishing House. 133 (5): 1. ISSN 0024-757X. Retrieved September 22, 2014.  ^ a b c LCMS Frequently Asked Questions ^ Creation and Evolution, Lutheran
Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod, by Dr. A.L. Barry. ^ Of Creation, A Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod, Adopted 1932. ^ "LCMS Frequently Asked Questions".  ^ "LCMS Views - Frequently Asked Questions - The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod". www.lcms.org.  ^ Acts 2:38–39 ^ "Since, therefore, the Mass among us is supported by the example of the church as seen from the Scriptures and the Fathers, we are confident that it cannot be disapproved, especially since the customary public ceremonies are for the most part retained." (Augsburg Confession XXIV:40) Also, "We on our part also retain many ceremonies and traditions (such as the liturgy of the Mass and various canticles, festivals, and the like) which serve to preserve order in the church." (Augburg Confession Article XXVI:40) And, "We gladly keep the old traditions set up in the church because they are useful and promote tranquility...Our enemies falsely accuse us of abolishing good ordinances and church discipline...the public liturgy is more decent than in theirs." (Apology to the Augsburg Confession, Article XV:38–39) And, "...we do not abolish the Mass but religiously keep and defend it." (Apology to the Augsburg Confession
Augsburg Confession
Article XXIV:1)And, "We on our part also retain many ceremonies and traditions (such as the liturgy of the Mass and various canticles, festivals, and the like) which serve to preserve order in the church." (Augburg Confession, Article XXVI:40) ^ http://lcms.org/Document.fdoc?src=lcm&id=1090 ^ Christian Cyclopedia
Christian Cyclopedia
s.v. "Close Communion." (St. Louis:Concordia Publishing House; Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod, 2000, 2006). ^ Fellowship in the Lord's Supper Archived 2009-03-26 at the Wayback Machine., LCMS ^ " Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
Treatise on the Power and Primacy of the Pope
- Book of Concord". paragraph 70.  ^ Adopted at Synod Convention, 1849 1, 97 Ordination, though an accepted, praiseworthy ceremony, has no command of God. Official Missouri Synod Doctrinal Statements Archived 2009-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Summary - The Cooperative Clergy Study Project - Data Archive - The Association of Religion Data Archives".  ^ Constitution of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church--Missouri Synod, Article VII.1 ^ See http://www.lcms.org/graphics/assets/media/LCMS/wa_abortion.pdf ^ U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices, Diverse and Politically Relevant. Washington D.C.: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. June 2008. Accessed online on September 27, 2009 at http://religions.pewforum.org/pdf/report2-religious-landscape-study-full.pdf. ^ "Historic Archive CD and Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches". The National Council of Churches. Retrieved 2009-12-04.  ^ "LCMS congregations report statistics for 2014". Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Retrieved October 31, 2015.  ^ "2000 Religious Congregations and Membership Study". Glenmary Research Center. Retrieved 2009-12-04.  ^ Lipka, Michael (July 27, 2015). "The most and least racially diverse U.S. religious groups". Pew Research Center. Retrieved July 27, 2015.  ^ U.S. Religious Landscape Survey: Religious Beliefs and Practices, Diverse and Politically Relevant: Detailed Data Tables. Washington D.C.: Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. June 2008. Accessed online on November 21, 2009 at http://religions.pewforum.org/reports/detailed_tables. ^ " Lutheran
Lutheran
Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)". American Denomination Profles. Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved April 16, 2014.  ^ Baepler, 113, 167, 217 ^ Isenhower, Joe (October 27, 2015). "LCMS congregations report statistics for 2014". The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod News and Information. Retrieved January 30, 2018.  ^ "(Commentary) Annual statistical reporting: beyond the numbers". The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod News and Information. November 28, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2018.  ^ "LCMS statistics for 2016: membership down, contributions up". The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church—Missouri Synod News and Information. November 2, 2017. Retrieved January 30, 2018.  ^ "Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod". Concordia Publishing House. 1932. Retrieved 28 February 2013.  ^ "Pastor apologizes for role in prayer vigil after Connecticut massacre". Reuters. 2013. Retrieved 26 March 2017. 

Further reading[edit] History[edit]

Baepler, Walter A. A Century of Grace: A History of the Missouri Synod, 1847–1947. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1947. Bodensieck, Julius, ed. The encyclopedia of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church (3 vol 1965) vol 1 and 3 online free Cimino, Richard. Lutherans Today: American Lutheran
Lutheran
Identity in the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2003. ISBN 0-8028-1365-8 Dau, W. H. T., ed. Ebenezer: Reviews of the Work of the Missouri Synod during Three Quarters of a Century. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1922. Forster, Walter O. Zion on the Mississippi: The Settlement of the Saxon Lutherans in Missouri 1839–1841. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1953. Galchutt, Kathryn M. The Career of Andrew Schulze, 1924–1968: Lutherans and Race in the Civil Rights Era. Macon: Mercer University Press, 2005. Graebner, August Lawrence. Half a Century of Sound Lutheranism
Lutheranism
in America: A Brief Sketch of the History of the Missouri Synod St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1893. Granquist, Mark. Lutherans In America: A new History. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. ISBN 978-1-4514-7228-8 Meyer, Carl S. Moving Frontiers: Readings in the History of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1964. LOC 63-21161 Nelson, E. Clifford et al. The Lutherans in North America. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1975. ISBN 0-8006-0409-1 Polack, W. G. The Building of a Great Church: A Brief History of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in America. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941. Rudnick, Milton L. Fundamentalism and the Missouri Synod: A historical study of their interaction and mutual influence. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1966. LOC 66-28229 Schieferdecker, G.A. History of the First German Lutheran
Lutheran
Settlement in Altenburg, Perry County, Missouri
Perry County, Missouri
with Special
Special
Emphasis on its Ecclesiastic Movements. Clayton, Iowa: Wartburg Seminary, 1865. Schiffman, Harold. "Language loyalty in the German-American Church: the Case of an Over-confident Minority" (1987) online Schmidtz, F. The Destinies and Adventures of the Stephanists who emigrated from Saxony to America Dresden: C. Heinrich, 1839. Settje, David E. Lutherans and the Longest War: Adrift on a Sea of Doubt about the Cold and Vietnam Wars, 1964–1975. Lanham, Lexington Books, 2007. Suelflow, August R. Heritage in Motion: Readings in the History of the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod 1962–1995. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1998. ISBN 0-570-04266-6 Todd, Mary. Authority Vested: A Story of Identity and Change in the Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans, 2000. ISBN 0-8028-4457-X

Seminex[edit]

Adams, James E. Preus of Missouri and the Great Lutheran
Lutheran
Civil War. New York: Harper and Row, 1977. Board of Control, Concordia Seminary. Exodus From Concordia: A Report on the 1974 Walkout. St. Louis: Concordia Seminary, 1977. Burkee, James C. Power, Politics, and the Missouri Synod: A Conflict That Changed American Christianity
Christianity
(2011) excerpt and text search Danker, Frederick W. No Room in the Brotherhood: The Preus-Otten Purge of Missouri. St. Louis: Clayton Publishing House, 1977. ISBN 0-915644-10-X Marquart, Kurt E. Anatomy of an Explosion: Missouri in Lutheran Perspective. Fort Wayne, IN: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 1977. Tietjen, John. Memoirs in Exile: Confessional Hope and Institutional Conflict. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 1990. Zimmerman, Paul. A Seminary in Crisis. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006.

Missions[edit]

Gieseler, Carl A. The Wide-Open Island City: Home Mission Work in a Big City. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1927. Kretzmann, Paul E. Glimpses of the Lives of Great Missionary Women. Men and Missions IX. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1930. Krueger, Ottomar. "Unto the Uttermost Part of the Earth": The Life of Pastor Louis Harms. Men and Missions VIII. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1930. Our China Mission. Men and Missions IV. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1926.

Doctrine[edit]

Koehler, Edward W. A. A Summary of Christian Doctrine: A Popular Presentation of the Teachings of the Bible, 2nd rev. ed. Edited by Alfred W. Koehler. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1952. Mueller, John Theodore. Christian Dogmatics. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1934. (A summary of Pieper's Dogmatics.) Pieper, Francis. Christian Dogmatics. 4 vols. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1950–1957. Walther, C. F. W. Law & Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible. Translated by Christian C. Tiews. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2010.

Primary sources[edit]

Synodal-Handbuch der deutschen ev.-luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio
Ohio
u. a. St.. St. Louis: Lutherischer Concordia-Verlag, 1879. Synodal-Handbuch der deutschen ev.-luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio
Ohio
u. a. St.. St. Louis: Luth. Concordia-Verlag, 1888. Kirchen-gesangbuch für Evang-lutherische Gemeinden ungeänderter augsburgischer Confession. St. Louis: Verlag der ev.-luth. Synode von Missouri, Ohio
Ohio
u.a. Staaten, 1868. The Doctrinal Resolutions of the National Conventions of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod 1847–2004 Strommen, Merton P., Milo L. Brekke, Ralph C. Underwager, and Arthur L. Johnson. A Study of Generations: Report of a Two-Year Study of 5,000 Lutherans Between the Ages of 15–65: Their Beliefs, Values, Attitudes, Behavior. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1972. ISBN 0-8066-1207-X Vehse, Carl Eduard. Die Stephan'sche Auswanderung nach Amerika. Dresden: Verlagsexpedition des Dresdner Wochenblattes, 1840.

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in the World Early History of the LCMS, by the Rev. Dr. George F. Wollenberg History of the LCMS in Montana LCMS Pastors' Resources Meanings of the LCMS Seal & Logo, Crosses, and Other Symbols The Book of Concord—The Lutheran
Lutheran
Confessions Scholarly articles on the LCMS from the Wisconsin Lutheran
Lutheran
Seminary Library Lutheran
Lutheran
Blog Directory Synodical Conference Breakup; A collection of synodical documents from the 1950s to the 1960s. Profile of the LCMS on the Association of Religion Data Archives website

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Churches in the International Lutheran
Lutheran
Council

Africa

Ghana

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Ghana

Kenya

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in Kenya

Nigeria

The Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Nigeria

South Africa

Free Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod in South Africa Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in Southern Africa

Asia

Australia

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Australia

China - Hong Kong

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church-Hong Kong Synod

China - Taiwan

China Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

India

India Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

Japan

Japan Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

South Korea

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in Korea

Papua New Guinea

Gutnius Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

Philippines

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church in the Philippines

Sri Lanka

Lanka Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

Europe

Belgium

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church – Synod of France and Belgium

Denmark

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Free Church in Denmark

France

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church – Synod of France and Belgium

Germany

Independent Evangelical- Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

Portugal

Portuguese Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

Russia

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Ingria in Russia

Spain

Spanish Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church

United Kingdom

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of England

Latin America

Argentina

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Argentina

Bolivia

Christian Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Bolivia

Brazil

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Brazil

Chile

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of the Republic of Chile

Guatemala

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Guatemala

Mexico

Lutheran
Lutheran
Synod of Mexico

Peru

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church - Peru

Venezuela

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Venezuela

North America

Canada

Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Canada

Haiti

Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Church of Haiti

United States

American Association of Lutheran
Lutheran
Churches Lutheran
Lutheran
Church–Missouri Synod Lutheran
Lutheran
Ministerium and Synod – USA

Lutheranism
Lutheranism
portal Confessional Evangelical Lutheran
Lutheran
Conference International Lutheran
Lutheran
Council The Luthera

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