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


 

The Big Lie

Why is the message of the cross such an affront to our old natures? Why is the world so antagonistic towards God’s offer of salvation? Why do some people believe that Christians are uninformed simpletons in need of rehabilitation? Why does Hollywood consistently belittle and deride Christian values? Why are Christians the most persecuted group

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Taking Up the Cross of Ministry

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Harsh words? Strong words, yes. But harsh words? Three former Lutheran Brethren Seminary students faced that question as they followed Christ into ministry. Jason Rogness grew up on a farm near Toronto, South Dakota, left

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Consider It Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.   —James 1:2-4 My Regional Pastor called recently to see how things were

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Anderson Installed

On September 24, 2017, Kristian Anderson was installed as East Campus Congregational Life Pastor at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, MN.

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RECHARGE

  RECHARGE is a youth workers training event held in 5 Midwest cities each winter. The Central Region is sponsoring the attendance of CLB youth workers at the Twin Cities event on January 6th AND at the Fargo event on January 13th To learn about the main room sessions and the elective seminars, go to

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The Beginning of Creation

Jesus tells us that “every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old” (Matthew 13:52, ESV). I am what you might call a modern scribe: I am a translator and publisher of the

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Loi Comes to Hillcrest

As a science teacher at Hillcrest Academy, I get to know students from all around the world and each has a unique story. I have seen, over and over again, that the process of becoming a Christian isn’t an event as much as it is a journey (an adventure, really). So many people and events

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YC17: Break Every Chain

I love being part of the CLB Youth Convention. The first day might be my favorite as everyone starts to ascend upon Estes Park, Colorado. Leaders come in and register their students. Group by group, student by student, the chairs start to fill up in the auditorium. You can hear them all talking… and at

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YC17: We Need It

There were heavy sighs resounding around me as we learned that once again, there had been a mistake with our hotel rooms. After a twenty-minute wait, we dragged our over-packed suitcases down the hall and flopped onto our beds, dropping our things into a heap on the floor. We were exhausted. But the next day

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YC17: Why We Do It

Why do we do it? Why does the Church of the Lutheran Brethren—you!—invest time and money into a national convention for youth? As the Regional Pastor representing the work of North American Mission with the Youth Convention (YC), I needed to answer that. Is it worth your investment? This year it can be summed up

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Hosch Ordained

  On June 17, 2017, Pastor Ben Hosch was ordained at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Regional Pastor Stan Olsen officiated over the ceremony.

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Faith Lesson

My church always has a children’s message as part of the worship service, so we try to tie it in with the sermon text for the day. One Sunday my text suggested that I speak to the kids about humility. I was stumped. “It would be nice to be able to give them some sort

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