What is Lutheran Church–Canada?

What is Lutheran Church–Canada?

Lutheran Church–Canada comprises congregations, pastors, and deacons committed to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our confessions and practises are based on the foundation of God's Word and the belief that God's gift of salvation is found only through faith in Jesus Christ, God's only Son. In more than 300 congregations, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, this message is proclaimed in word and deed.


The Lutheran church is a direct result of the Protestant Reformation begun in 1517 by Martin Luther in Wittenberg, Germany. Lutheran Church–Canada was founded in 1988 when the Canadian congregations of St. Louis-based The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod formed an autonomous Canadian church with three districts. The Alberta-British Columbia District offices are in Edmonton, Alberta, the Central District in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the East District in Kitchener, Ontario. The denomination retains close ties with the LCMS and other Lutheran church bodies around the world which follow the Biblically-based Lutheran Confessions.


Our worship services draw upon the rich traditions of the early church, which provide a framework within which our members can receive God's blessings as His Word is preached and the Lord's Supper celebrated. While many of our congregations share the heritage of music passed down through the centuries, others have chosen to include newer expressions of the timeless truths of God's love.


Many Lutheran congregations were initially established in Canada to minister to immigrants from Europe. This tradition continues with multi-lingual congregations being established across Canada to reach out to new Canadians. Outside Canada, Lutheran Church–Canada missionaries can be found in Ukraine, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and the church actively supports specific missions of sister churches. LCC also works with Canadian Lutheran World Relief, which initiates development projects, assists Lutheran congregations to sponsor refugees, and coordinates emergency relief in response to needs around the world.

Social Ministry

Many of our congregations respond to local needs by establishing food banks, English as a Second Language classes, senior housing, and nursing care. Across Canada, the church also works with other Lutheran agencies to provide nursing home care, homes for troubled youths, and chaplaincy programs in provincial and federal correctional institutions.


Creating a strong Christian foundation for our children is a priority for Lutheran Church–Canada. Through Sunday Schools, Vacation Bible Schools, and confirmation classes, young people learn from the Bible how their faith is part of everything they do. In addition, a growing number of congregations are establishing elementary schools where the school curriculum is taught in a caring Christian context. These schools join our church's Concordia University College of Alberta in Edmonton, and two seminaries, Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario and Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta.


Lutheran Church–Canada publishes a magazine, The Canadian Lutheran, ten times per year. It is designed to inspire, motivate, and inform the members of LCC congregations and the Christian community at large.

Auxiliary Organizations

LCC maintains official partnership with three auxiliary organizations which support the ongoing mission of the church:

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