Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference

The logo of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference

The Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) is an international conference of Confessional Lutheran national churches. The CELC is headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin.[1]

Founded in 1993 with thirteen church bodies as members, the Conference has grown to twenty members today. Plenary sessions are held every three years. To date there have been seven plenary meetings (1993, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011), with regional meetings held in the intervening years.

The organization rejects the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification signed between the Lutheran World Federation and the Catholic Church.


Dark Green - countries with a full member of the CELC Bright Green - countries with an associate member of the CELC Light Green - countries with an observer member of the CELC

Member church bodies confess "the canonical books of the Old and New Testament as the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of God and submit to this Word of God as the only infallible rule and authority in all matters of doctrine, faith, and life."[2] They also accept "the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580, not in so far as, but because they are a correct exposition of the pure doctrine of the Word of God." [3]

Members cannot be in fellowship with church bodies whose doctrine or practice deviate from the confessional standard of the CELC.[4]

Member church bodies sorted by country in alphabetical order:

Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church of Albania (Associate Member)
Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia
Bulgarian Lutheran Church
Lutheran Church of Cameroon
WELS-Canada (Part of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
Christian Church of the Lutheran Reformation (Associate Member)
Czech Evangelical Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Confessional Church
St. John's Lutheran Congregation in Finland (Associate Member)
Evangelical Lutheran Free Church
Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Ministries--India (Associate Member)
Lutheran Mission of Salvation India (Associate Member)
Geraja Lutheran Indonesia
Lutheran Evangelical Christian Church
East Seoul Canaan Church (Associate Member)
Confessional Lutheran Church in Latvia
Lutheran Church of Central Africa
Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Church
Christ the King Lutheran Church
All Saints Lutheran Church of Nigeria
Lutheran Confessional Church
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Lutheran Church of Portugal (Associate member)
Evangelical Lutheran Confessional Church
Evangelical Lutheran Church - "Concord"
East Seoul Canaan Church
Lutheran Confessional Church
Ukrainian Lutheran Church
Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Lutheran Church of Central Africa


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