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.
Maybe you’ve watched an episode of the ABC’s show Blood and Oil? The whole country seems captivated by the North Dakota oil boom—everyone I speak to has heard of The Bakken and “Fracking” for shale oil. The tag line for the show is, “Sometimes you have to play dirty to get filthy rich.” It’s not
“Dr. Veum, can I tell you something?” The student asking is from the Dominican Republic. His name is Erick Benjamin Sede Eduardo. He wanted to tell me the story about how the Lord provided a study lamp for only six dollars. But first…a bit of background. Benjamin—the name his mother calls him—is 25 years old.
Refection from Pastor Ryan: Well, it’s Monday morning and I am here in my office. I have about a thousand thoughts running through my head at the same time and, for someone who is not good at multitasking, it makes things difficult. You see, on Saturday, October 10, we held our first worship service in
On October 8 and 9, 2015, the Council of Directors of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren met in Fergus Falls, MN, to discuss the vision and mission of the CLB.
Girl being too short for attraction A common question among Christians is, “How can we accept God?” But the better question, the deeper question, is, “How can God accept me?” God answers that himself in Mark 10:14-16. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of
Paying The Bill At the end of June, my family gathered together in Minot, North Dakota to celebrate the marriage of one of my uncles. It was a small ceremony in the Gol Stave Church in the Scandinavian Heritage Park, a really beautiful setting. My extended family has moved all over the country; some of
Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Brethren Church hosted the 2015 WMCLB Event on Saturday, July 11, in Minot, North Dakota. Chairwoman Rachel Patterson emceed the event. Our theme verse, “The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2b, NIV 1984), provided the snapshot presenters with their discussion topics. Strength:
This feels like a school!” That was the reaction of a Lutheran Brethren Seminary board member when touring the new seminary building in March. It was still under construction then. He should see it now. The Lord has gifted the seminary with an amazing space. It’s not that we were desperate for a new building.
There is a fair amount of conversation today about the need for the local church to think of its ministry in much the same way that overseas missionaries think about theirs. Voices in mission today frequently refer to North America as the largest mission field in the western hemisphere. It is a little-known fact that
On August 31, 2015 Lutheran Brethren Seminary opened the 2015-16 academic year by dedicating their new facility to the glory of God in preparing servants of Christ for a life of ministry in His mission. CLB President Paul Larson addressed the seminary students and the crowd of nearly 150 with a message of dependance on
The 2015-16 seminary year began with an intensive taught by Professor Brad Pribbenow. The course introduced students to a theology and practice of worship and included guidelines for Christian worship in the Lutheran Church. The fourteen students in attendance were privileged to be the first class in our new Seminary building.
“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