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Lutheran Church–Canada

Lutheran Church–Canada
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 .ca.lutheranchurch-canadawww
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] LCC has no substantial theological divisions from LCMS and continues to have cooperative and sharing arrangements.


  • History 1
  • Doctrines 2
  • Activities 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Lutheranism in Canada dates back to Danish explorers in 1619 and German settlers in Nova Scotia in 1749, the latter encouraged to populate the territory by

  • Lutheran Church – Canada
  • Concordia Lutheran Seminary
  • Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • online magazineCanadian Lutheran
  • LCC Alberta-British Columbia District
  • LCC Central District
  • LCC East District

External links

  1. ^ LCC summarized statistics 2008 - 2011 Lutheran church Canada
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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; Venezuela; 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. LCC has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to these Lutheran missions even though it was questioned and debated if these missions were the best usage of LCC funds, this includes President Robert Bugbees trips to Thailand despite LCC financial problems.

The official archive of Lutheran Church–Canada, the underlying districts, and auxiliaries was the Lutheran Historical Institute, Edmonton. It closed in August 2015 after Concordia University of Edmonton and the Alberta British Columbia District of the LCC refused to provide funding. This occurred due to administrative and financial irregularities within Lutheran entities. [8] The executive director and archivist was Dr. Grant W. Grams.

Concordia University of Edmonton is an independent university in Edmonton established by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in 1921 to train Lutheran pastors. It became an auxiliary of LCC in 1988 and remained so until 2010. Concordia provided training programs for church workers until their suspension in 2015, supposedly citing low student numbers. Concordia has been eliminating religious instructions for students as they have severely reduced the religious component within degree programs. Concordia retains a Religious Studies department, similar to other secular institutions of higher learning. Concordia is no longer Lutheran in its outlook or affiliations. [6] In the mid-20th century, health care initiatives also grew with the establishment of auxiliary hospitals and senior citizens' homes under LCC auspices, as well as military and prison chaplaincies.[7]

The church body has two seminaries established for the training of pastors, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario (opened 1976), and Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta (opened 1984).


While LCC churches do not permit women in ministerial roles, women serve in elected or appointed lay offices in churches, such as elders, teachers, readers, and deaconesses.[5]

Like other conservative Lutheran bodies, LCC professes the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord (e.g. the theology of an inerrant Bible). LCC practices closed communion, viewing communion as an intimate act shared only with other Christians who subscribe to LCC's doctrines. LCC practices infant baptism and normally requires confirmation instruction for full congregational participation. The church body is in communion with some member synods of the International Lutheran Council (e.g. LCMS). Many LCC congregations use the Lutheran Service Book as their hymnal.


Following its independent establishment in January 1988, LCC created three districts: The Alberta-British Columbia (ABC) District, with offices in Edmonton, Alberta; the Central District, in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and the East District, in Kitchener, Ontario. At present LCC has a congregational roster of 58 churches in British Columbia; 78 in Alberta; 62 in Saskatchewan; 20 in Manitoba; 124 in Ontario; 11 in Quebec; 2 in New Brunswick; and 2 in Nova Scotia. Services are variously offered in English, German, Spanish, French, and Korean. Sixteen Canadian congregations — one in Montreal, and the rest in Ontarioremain affiliated with LCMS.


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