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Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
Classification Protestant
Orientation Mainline
Confessional Lutheran
Theology Moderate to Conservative
Polity congregationalist polity
Origin 2001
Congregations 847[1]
Official website www.lcmc.net

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) is an association of Lutheran congregations in the United States. It describes itself as an affiliation of autonomous Lutheran churches and not a denomination.[2] It began in 2001 in response to some liberal views of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). LCMC is characterized by the stances it takes on Lutheran polity, biblical authority, and human sexuality. The group describes itself as "centrist" or "mainstream", noting that it stands between the more liberal ELCA and the more conservative Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS) and other Lutheran church bodies in North America.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Polity and beliefs 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

Lighthouse Lutheran Church, a member congregation in Freedom, Pennsylvania

LCMC was started by the Belarus, Cambodia, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, and Vietnam). LCMC is now the fourth largest Lutheran group in the United States, after the ELCA, LCMS, and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).

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Polity and beliefs

LCMC is congregational in structure, rejecting the historic episcopate of the ELCA, the denomination to which most LCMC members had previously belonged.

The beliefs of the LCMC are based on the Bible and the Lutheran confessions in the Book of Concord. On one important issue, LCMC stands apart from other conservative confessional Lutheran denominations: it permits, but does not require the ordination of female clergy. Some congregations' constitutions and bylaws allow only men to be installed into the Office of Holy Ministry.

LCMC does not bless same-sex partnerships or permit congregations to be members if they have non-celibate gay pastors or call and install a non-celibate homosexual pastor. LCMC's has grown from about 230 member congregations to over 800 (as of April 2014) since the ELCA changed its standards on clergy sexuality in August 2009, making it the 4th largest Lutheran Church in America.

The LCMC has an evangelical catholic and charismatic strand. They have been falsely accused of being low church, however, this is baseless as many congregations hold to liturgical forms and vested celebrants when leading worship and administering the Sacrament of the Altar. The LCMC brings together the Sacramental, Evangelical and Charismatic nature of the church into one fold.

See also

References

  1. ^ "The LCMC". Retrieved 23 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Sanctity of Human Life

External links

  • Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ
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