Lutheran Church–Canada

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Lutheran Church–Canada
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Classification Protestant
Orientation Mainline
Confessional Lutheran
Theology Lutheran
Polity Congregationalist
Synodical President Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee
Associations International Lutheran Council
Origin 1988
Congregations 311
Members 66,394
Ministers 221 Pastors
95 Deacons
Publications The Canadian Lutheran
Official website www.lutheranchurch-canada.ca
Statistics as of 2011[1]

Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) is a confessional Lutheran denomination in Canada. It is the second-largest Lutheran body in Canada after the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC). LCC was founded in 1988 when Canadian congregations of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS) formed an autonomous church body with a synodical office in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[2] Sixteen Canadian congregations — one in Montreal, and the rest in Ontario — remained affiliated with the LCMS.[3]

Following its founding in 1988, LCC created three districts: The Alberta-British Columbia District offices are in Edmonton, Alberta; the Central District in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the East District in Kitchener, Ontario.

Like other conservative Lutheran bodies, LCC professes the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord (e.g. theology of an inerrant Bible). The LCC practices closed communion, rejecting shared communion even with other Christians who do not subscribe to the LCC's doctrines. The church body is in communion with some member synods of the International Lutheran Council (e.g., the LCMS). Many LCC congregations use Lutheran Service Book as their hymnal.

The church body has established Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton, and two seminaries, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario and Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta. The official archive of the LCC is the Lutheran Historical Institute, Edmonton. The director and archivist is Dr. Grant W. Grams.

LCC is involved with foreign mission efforts in the following countries: Nicaragua, where work begun in 1997 resulted in the founding of the "Iglesia Luterana Sinodo de Nicaragua" (ILSN) in 2008; southeast Asia, where it assists in providing theological education for future pastors in Thailand and Cambodia; and Ukraine, where it partners with the "Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches of Ukraine" (SELCU) in the training of future pastors at Concordia Seminary in Usatovo (near Odessa) in the southern part of the country.

As of 2011 it has 66,394 baptized members.[1]

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