C.F.W. Walther, 1st president of the Lutheran
Church- Missouri Synod
the places C.F.W. Walther, F.C.D. Wyneken, Wilhelm Löhe,
and many others came from
Lutheran Immigrants were the first who formed a Lutheran Church
in the USA. Founded in 1847, the "Lutheran Church- Missouri
Synod" (LCMS) emerged from several communities throughout
the new settlements. At the beginning there was considerable
debate over the proper status of the church in the New World:
whether it was a new church or whether it remained within the
Lutheran hierarchy in Germany. But Rev. C.F.W. Walther's view
that they could consider themselves a new church prevailed.
us on a trip to the roots of the confessional Lutheran Church
in Germany: After landing in Berlin the tour would first
take you to Wittenberg to commerate the place where Dr.
Martin Luther lived and worked. Passing Leipzig and Dresden
your group get's to Breslau (Wroclaw/ Poland), seat of
the church administration of the oldlutheran church in Prussia
until 1945. Langencunnersdorf is the village F.C.W. Walther
was born, in Bräunsdorf in Saxony he served as a
teacher before following the emigrants to America. Friedrich
Conrad Dietrich Wyneken, second president of the new founded
LCMS, has his roots in Verden where you would visit the
amazing Dom cathedral. A day excursion takes the group to Hamburg
to visit BallinStadt, Germanys most fascinating exhibition
about the emigration to the New World.
Conrad Dietrich Wyneken
is the small village from where Wilhelm Löhe sent pastors to
North America, Australia, New Guinea, Brazil, and the Ukraine. He
is the founder of the deaconess movement in Lutheranism, and still
Neudendettelsau is one of the most important centers of deaconical
work in Germany. And almost "en route" through the Lutheran
history of the 19th century the tour will touch Luther's places
like Wittenberg, Eisleben, and the Wartburg.
In Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, isolated Germans in the dense
forests of the American frontier were brought together and
ministered to by missionary F. C. D. Wyneken. A movement of
Confessional Lutherans under Martin Stephan created a community
in Perry County, Missouri, and St. Louis, Missouri. In Michigan
and Ohio, missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe ministered
to scattered congregations and founded German Lutheran communities
in Frankenmuth, Michigan, and the Saginaw Valley of Michigan.
19th-century German Kingdom of Saxony, Lutheran pastor Martin
Stephan and many of his followers found themselves increasingly
at odds with the rationalism and unionism of the state-sponsored
Lutheranism. In the neighbouring Kingdom of Prussia, the Prussian
Union of 1817 forced Lutherans to, among other changes, embrace
non-Lutheran services of Holy Communion and Holy Baptism.
In order to freely practice their Christian faith in accordance
with the Lutheran confessions outlined in the Book of Concord,
Stephan and nearly 1100 other Saxon Lutherans left for the
United States in November 1838.
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