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History and Affiliations

In 2010 several members of a few congregations in the Mankato area began meeting together to discuss options while their churches drifted away from Scriptural teachings.  As the Spirit led them through Bible study and prayer, they decided to start a new church inspired by the Word Alone Network and its offspring, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).  A constitution was adopted and the congregation was incorporated.   Sunday morning services were held in the rented conference center at the AmericInn Hotel near the campus of Minnesota State University-Mankato.  Various pastors were engaged to conduct worship and teach a class.  As interest grew, a steering comittee developed a system to invite pastors to audition for a call to serve Resurrection Lutheran Church.  In January 2011, Pastor Gregory Lenz accepted the call and moved from Chanhassen, MN to Mankato.  He was installed on February 6th to begin a new adventure in ministry.  A member of the congregation contacted a church in her neighborhood to inquire about using a room as an office.  First Christian Church graciously consented and a relationship soon blossomed into utilising the sanctuary and other spaces for worship and classes.  Coffee fellowship was shared between services and friendships were made.  Unexpectedly the board of First Christian Church approached the church council of Resurrection Lutheran Church to offer their facilities for sale.  A generous agreement was reached, and Resurrection Lutheran took ownership of the property in October of 2011.  A further blessing was the fact that most of their members decided to join our congregation in what seemed to be a marriage made in heaven.  It was truly a God thing!

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) is a national association of over 800 congregations including several international partners.  Only 15 years old, LCMC has experienced tremendous growth to become the third largest Lutheran body in America.  Its motto, "free in Christ and accountable to one another," indicates that LCMC is not a church hierarchy with a central headquarters and big staff.  Rather, it's a voluntary grouping of local congregations who may work together to accomplish cooperative ministries, such as, providing seminary training, publishing education and worship materials, as well as establishing new missions at home and abroad.  Each congregation chooses to support benevolence organizations as the members wish.  Our congregation selects a number of them each year to receive a tithe of total offerings.  LCMC conducts energizing annual conferences for spiritual growth and social interaction.  Learn more about it at www.lcmc.net.

Our church also is part of a regional district of LCMC congregations called the Augustana District which emphasizes theological integrity.  Several volunteer leaders offer valuable assistance to the local church with a number of activities.  We're thankful for the close working relationship this affiliation gives us with the Institute for Lutheran Theology, SOLA Publishing, ReClaim Hymnal, and other supportive ministries.  Learn more about them starting at www.augustanadistrict.org.