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The Common Confession

Churches join the association by voting to agree to the seven points of The Common Confession. You may also read more about the confession in this footnoted version. When your church has voted to join, send the news on your church letterhead and signed by an officer or pastor to: WordAlone Network, 2299 Palmer Dr, Suite 220, New Brighton, MN 55112.

Dispatch and Delivery diagram

Pastor Steve King of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, Minn. came up with this image to explain how the WordAlone Network, LCCC, Lutheran CORE and the Lutheran Theological House of Studies will relate among each other.

Progress at the conference in Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Representatives of churches joining the association met at WordAlone's fall theological conference at Brooklyn Park Lutheran Church, Brooklyn Park, Minn. on November 7-8, 2005. The representatives elected a steering committee, discussed goals and priorities for the association, and chose an interim name, Lutheran Churches of The Common Confession. For more information see the interim web site and blog for the association.

The steering committee is:

  • Pastor Randy Freund (Chair), Hutchinson, MN
  • Pastor Bryan Anderson, Owen, WI
  • Pastor Mark Braaten, Tyler, TX
  • Pastor Rob Buechler, Starkweather, ND
  • Pastor Kurt Borows, Port Clinton, OH
  • Lou Hesse, Moses Lake, WA
  • Pastor Steve King, Maple Lake, MN
  • Pastor Mick Lee, Golden Valley, MN
  • Pastor Jerry Merkouris, Beaver Valley, SD
  • Eric Swensson, New Rochelle, NY

More information about new association of confessing churches

Professors Robert Benne and James Nestingen, in a recent letter sent to ELCA churches, urge them to consider joining a new association of churches that will work for renewal in the ELCA...(read more)

WordAlone President, Pastor Jaynan Clark Egland, and Director, Pastor Mark Chavez, in a letter also sent to ELCA churches provide more information about the process of forming an association...(read more)

The WordAlone sixth annual convention voted April 19, 2005, to urge WordAlone churches to join together in an association to publicly state their “unwavering” faith and to reach out to neighboring churches in “witness, support and mutual service.”

In its resolution the convention stated: “The WordAlone is in a unique position to help congregations articulate confessional witness that can shape the future of North American Lutheranism. (read more...)

Jaynan Clark Egland

Read a letter from WordAlone President, Jaynan Clark Egland, and Board Chair, John Beem about the association.

New association brochure

Read a PDF brochure or, if you prefer, the Microsoft Word formatted brochure, that describes the association.

Resolution from 2005 convention

The resolution approved by the 2005 WordAlone Network annual convention to form the association

Lutheran Theological House of Studies

The resolution approved by the 2005 WordAlone Network annual convention to form a Lutheran Theological House of Studies to ensure that there will be pastors who will faithfully proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dr. James Nestingen

Read an address by Dr. James A. Nestingen to the 2005 WordAlone Network annual convention concerning the crisis within the ELCA and the urgency of forming a new association and a house of studies.


Read about the differences between the new association and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.