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Welcome to the web site of the Lutheran Council of Great Britain, where you can find out more about the history, beliefs and work of the Lutheran churches.

Lutherans have had congregations in England since the 17th century. Today Lutheran churches in Britain serve a wide range of nationalities and language communities.

Established in 1948, the Lutheran Council of Great Britain represents and co-ordinates the common work of ten different Lutheran churches that have congregations or chaplaincies in Great Britain. Together they offer pastoral care to the community of 180,000 Lutherans living in Britain, as well as to persons of other Christian traditions.

The following Lutheran churches are represented on the Council:

  • Danish
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Latvian
  • Lutheran Church in Great Britain (English, Chinese, Polish and Swahili)
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish  

The Council is a communion of churches that have come together to express their shared Lutheran heritage and identity through common work in Britain, enriched by their cultural and linguistic diversity. Each church has its own administrative structure, which may be closely linked to the church in its country of origin, or one of its synods or dioceses. They all offer particular ministries and programmes in Britain for the language groups that they serve. Through the Council they have chosen to collaborate in several key areas:

  • Promoting Lutheran participation in ecumenical initiatives
  • Providing spiritual and material assistance to Lutheran churches and projects in Britain
  • Promoting fellowship and co-operation amongst Lutherans in education, mission and worship
  • Providing information about Lutheranism
  • Providing and managing the International Lutheran Student Centre and student chaplaincy in London.


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