Central Region

Central Region

The Central Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren consists of a group of 33 congregations in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Our Central Region is where the CLB was formed in December of 1900 when five independent Lutheran congregations met in Milwaukee, WI to form a new denomination. These 5 churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin had a common bond flowing from their Lutheran theology, their Norwegian ethnicity and their strong commitment to evangelism and mission activity both in North America and internationally. The CLB’s first missionaries were sent to China just two years later in 1902.

As people were evangelized in the upper Midwest, new churches were formed and also intentionally planted so that the region has grown to its current size. The Central region is also home to the CLB denominational headquarters and seminary in Fergus Falls, MN and Inspiration Point Bible Camp in Clitheral, MN. Three of the largest CLB congregations are also located here in Moorhead, MN; Fergus Falls, MN and Eau Claire, WI.

The mission and heart of the churches in our region is to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ and serve the Lord and His Church as His Kingdom comes in the midst of a changing culture that is less and less acquainted with the Scriptures and the message of the Gospel.

Central Regional Pastor


 

February 2017 Contribution Report

Hi, this is LaWayne Rogness, Director of Finance and Personnel for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, and I would like to share with you this brief update on our 2016-17 contribution goals. We started our Fiscal Year in May of 2016 very strong, but each month after that we saw a decline…a decline until we

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Here I Stand: Public Theology

The phrase public theology is one I have seen quite often lately. Now, to those of us who live in the Western world, such a phrase seems like an oxymoron. We’ve been told that religion and spirituality are private things, that there is a split between the sacred and secular and never shall the two

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Here I Stand: Luther’s Legacy

It’s the 500th Anniversary year since Luther posted his 95 Theses. We’re going to be hearing a lot about Luther in our churches this year. What’s the big deal about Martin Luther? Martin Luther isn’t inspiring Harold Rust to move to Red Deer, Alberta to plant a church. That’s happening because of the love of

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A Gift Received

In the 1990s, some marketing expert came up with the idea of purple sunscreen. In theory, purple sunscreen was a good idea. Before the color faded away, it allowed parents to easily see where the product had been applied and where more was needed. My wife and I thought it was a good idea too—right

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A Gift Lost?

Joseph and I sat in the exam room of the oncologist’s office that January day. It was a check-up after finishing his treatment for neuroblastoma ten months earlier. That had been quite a year, after discovering our beautiful, precocious two-year-old had metastatic cancer in his bone marrow and bones. We learned what Jesus meant when

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Spreading the Gospel

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren has been sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ in the countries of Chad and Cameroon since 1920. Have all the personnel, the finances, the prayers been worth it? Since the work began, communicant membership in the churches in those two countries has grown to more than 75,000, with

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re:Think – A Gift Requires Sacrifice

What makes a gift a gift? On the receiving end, it costs you nothing. But on the giving end, it must cost you something. I posed this statement recently in a sermon, with some uncertainty on my part as to its validity: “True kindness, true love, always involves sacrifice on the part of the giver.”

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Contribution Report 10/14/2016

Greetings from the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. It is indeed a privilege to come to you with an update on our finances. We were roughly $65,000 short of our anticipated goal at the end of August. That means we were 13% behind our goal for the year. We were praying for that gap to close

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Nothing to Spare?

Last Spring I was in Omaha, Nebraska with my wife and our two little boys, Brycen (5) and Gavin (2). We were there to visit the Omaha Zoo… and a very good friend who had recently given birth to a little girl. On our second day in the city we made our way to the

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He Defends Their Cause

“In the sprawling slum of Haiti’s Cité Soleil, Placide Simone, 29, offered one of her five offspring to a stranger. ‘Take one,’ she said, cradling a listless baby and motioning toward four rail-thin toddlers, none of whom had eaten that day. ‘You pick. Just feed them.’” (Richard Stearns, There’s a Hole in Our Gospel, Nashville:

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Land of Opportunity

Have you ever, after a difficult discussion, later wished you had responded differently? I was recently involved in what has become a typical conversation for these days, and didn’t have a response at the time. The woman I was talking to expressed many concerns and fears about all the immigrants coming to North America: the

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Awaken

As a teenage Christian I see problems and conflicts in the world everywhere. I see people all around that need the Lord, but I wouldn’t have thought there would be people nearby that haven’t even heard of him. In July, my church youth group went on a mission trip to the Turtle Mountain Reservation in

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