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The Concordia Lutheran Conference is a small organization of Lutheran churches in the United States which formed in 1956.[1] It was a reorganization of some of the churches of the Orthodox Lutheran Conference, which had been formed in September, 1951 in Okabena, Minnesota[2] following a break with Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It is the remaining successor of the Orthodox Lutheran Conference. The current president is the Reverend Edward J. Worley, pastor of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Seattle, Washington. All members of the board of directors serve one year terms.[3] It is in fellowship with 7 mission congregations in Russia and Nigeria.

Concordia Lutheran Conference
Orientationconfessional Lutheran
PresidentRev. Edward J. Worley
Associations7 mission stations in Russia and Nigeria
RegionUnited States, especially Illinois, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona
Origin1951, 1957
Okabena, Minnesota
Separated fromLutheran Church–Missouri Synod
AbsorbedFellowship of Lutheran Congregations (2004)
Other name(s)The Orthodox Lutheran Conference
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Scriptural Publications, the publishing arm of the Concordia Lutheran Conference, has just published an anthology, Historical Essays by Rev. David T. Mensing: "The Missouri Synod's Slide into Heterodoxy, 1932-1947"; "The Establishment of Heterodoxy in the Missouri Synod, 1950"; and "The Founding of the Orthodox Lutheran Conference, 1951".



In 2004, the CLC absorbed the congregations of the Fellowship of Lutheran Congregations. The FLC was organized in 1979, when a group of Lutheran congregations left the Lutheran Churches of the Reformation over issues of excommunication.[4]


The Conference describes itself as "orthodox," with special emphasis on the inerrant, literal interpretation of the Christian Bible. The Concordia Lutheran Conference subscribes to the Book of Concord and the Brief Statement of the Doctoral Position of the Missouri Synod in its doctrinal stance.


The Conference is a gathering of churches to engage in tasks that would be hard for any one church to perform.[5] This includes the training of future pastors in their seminary program.[5]

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  1. ^ Wuthnow, Robert (1989). The restructuring of American religion society and faith since World War II (2. print., and 1. Princeton pbk. print. ed.). Princeton, NJ: Princeton Univ. Press. p. 184. ISBN 9780691020570.
  2. ^ David Mensing, Historical Essays, (Oak Forest, Illinois: Scriptural Publications, 2009), 3.
  3. ^ "CONSTITUTION of the CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CONFERENCE". ARTICLE XI -- TERM OF OFFICE. Retrieved 8 December 2014. Officers and members of standing committees shall be elected to hold office for one year
  4. ^ Mensing, David T. (July 2, 2015). "Introducing The Pastors of The F. L. C. N." Concordia Lutheran Conference. The Concordia Lutheran. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "What is the Concordia Lutheran Conference?". Retrieved 19 March 2015.