Western Region

Western Region

The Western Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren is a group of congregations in the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. We have 21 churches in these four states and another that has applied for membership in the CLB..

More than half of the congregations are in North Dakota. One of the biggest issues in these churches is the vast distance between them with some being more than 200 miles from the next CLB congregation. This puts limits on how often these churches and pastors can get together. Another issue is that of the shrinking of rural America. Some of the small towns in these areas are shrinking as the farms grow larger. This has been offset lately with the drilling of oil wells in western North Dakota and eastern Montana. Half of the congregations in this region would be small town or rural congregations with most of the rest being in communities of 100,000 or fewer. This sets us apart from much of America.

For the most part ministry in this area still reflects traditional church ministry in America. That is changing as our culture continues to change, but those cultural changes come slower to rural and mid-America than to the major cities and coasts. There are in most of these congregations a self-reliance and strong sense of family that makes them very stable and strong. The congregations of this region seek to bring Jesus Christ to their neighbors while building a strong foundation of faith in those who already come.

Western Regional Pastor


 

Urban Church Plant

“You can’t read the Great Commission without concluding that we serve a SENDING God who intends for us to be a GOING people. This means we’re never to be satisfied with where we’ve already gone or what we’ve already built. Rather, in submission to his call we step out to new locations and plant and

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A ‘New’ Epiphany

As I sit down to write this article (aided by my third cup of coffee; sorry for the jitters), I am surrounded by comfort: The comfort of a parsonage that looks great and is plenty spacious. The comfort of a Staten Island neighborhood that is safe, clean and fun for my kids to run around

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RP Announcement

Two primary components of the Regional Pastor mission stand out in my mind. The first reminds me of an insurance company’s branding campaign some years back that explained its deflecting nature; it called itself, “the Quiet Company.” The first priority given our Regional Pastors as their ministry began in its formative stages five years ago

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Introducing the Stantons

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren and International Mission have called Jeremy and Sallee Stanton, along with their daughters, Olivia and Abigail, as our newest missionaries to our Chad field. The Stanton family has accepted this call and are now on staff with LBIM as of June 1. The Stantons lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, and

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Pressing On!

The Bronson family is pressing on in their “call” and passion to bring the gospel to the unreached people of Chad. Danny and Mandy have sensed this call and pursued this vocation for years. In the summer of 2013, they left home and traveled to France with their three boys (Zeke, Theo and Jonah) to

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LBS Class of 2015

BRENT ANDREWS Brent’s background includes work as a public school librarian, a middle school teacher, and a specialist in technology. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Library Science. He is married to Kari. Brent and Kari serve as foster parents. His daughter, Micaela, is a college junior.

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Opposition from Within

The Church faces opposition. It is natural for us to focus our attention on outside forces aligned against the Church. For example, Christians experience opposition from human authorities, from their own families, and from death. But there is also another source of opposition. The story of the rich young ruler exposes the opposition we all

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When It Dawns On You

It was a gorgeous spring day at Coyote Hills Golf Course. My friend Darren and I had just reached the tee box for the 13th hole. We had stopped keeping score because we already had the score we liked! The score card said 70, the thermometer said 70. Leaning on our drivers while waiting for

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LBS Students Visit Chad

The sun-weary sheets lazed in the breeze as we removed our shoes and entered the tent. It was the heat of the day and we had been invited to a wedding, a wedding unlike any we had previously attended. We waited with the other men on mats in anticipation of the bride. We shared tripe,

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God’s ‘iPhone’ Call

Chris and Lyssa Hartley were living near Des Moines, Iowa, where he taught art, coached basketball, and oversaw the high school yearbook. He loved his job. Then a job opening in their home area brought them to DeWitt, Iowa. At this point in their lives neither of them had any significant connection to church, although

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Preparing Leaders for the Next Generation

Last spring Larry Fransson, the president of the Pacific Northwest Region of the CLB, called the seminary and asked about getting some training for their youth workers. Their leadership team was concerned that these willing servants would be better prepared to teach the Scriptures to the high school students in their congregations. He specifically asked

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House of Hope

Meiwaku. It’s such an annoying word, but it carries a lot of weight in Japanese culture and everyday relationships. Meiwaku can be used to refer to anything that bothers someone else. Don’t practice the piano late at night because it might bother the neighbors. Don’t park your car on the street because it causes meiwaku to those trying to drive by

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