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


 

Faith Alone: Rock Bottom

“When you do that, it makes Jesus sad.” That phrase, or your own personal variant, is a sure indication that you’ve hit “rock bottom” as a parent. All of the traditional tricks, tactics, and manipulative techniques that parents through the ages have used to manage their children’s behavior have failed, leaving you with no other

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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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Scripture Alone: Peace that Surpasses All Understanding

Fear has never been more real and present in my life than during my first year of motherhood. I spent many nights lying awake, watching the silver light from the moon creep across my ceiling, worrying about the safety of my son. When he was an infant, I counted his breaths in the dead of

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LBS 2017 Graduates

KRISTIAN ANDERSON: Kristian grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Sayville, NY during his junior year of high school and graduated from Sayville High School. He went on to study History and Political Science at Wagner College, and then Biblical Theology and Youth Ministry at Nyack College. He came to faith in Christ

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2016-17 Contribution Report

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LBIM: Sending Single Women

Historically, there have been many single women who have faithfully served as missionaries on Lutheran Brethren International Mission’s Africa fields. These women served primarily in specific roles as LBIM partnered with our African sister Churches in their development. LBIM continues to value the role that single women can have on our Chad field for the

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2016-17 Fiscal Year End Update

Dear CLB Partner in Ministry, We come to the end of our fiscal year this weekend, and I am both grateful and hopeful for the mission of the Gospel which God has entrusted to us. I am grateful that God has deposited in us a rich gift in our theology of grace and the authority

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Life in Jesus

It is no overstatement to say that the death of Jesus Christ stands as the single greatest moment in all human history. On that dark, dreary day outside the city walls of Jerusalem, events of historical, even cosmic proportions were taking place. Not only did these developments contribute to the turning of the western world’s

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