I think that there is an Evangelical Lutheran church and a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. ----- The three largest Lutheran denominations in America are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS), and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). There are over 100 Lutheran denominations worldwide.
Worldwide, many Lutheran syonds and dioceses do. The largest and majority Lutheran Church body in the U.S., the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), does ordain women. The much smaller Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) do not and have not within their history.
When was Free Evangelical Lutheran Church-Bethania Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Congregation created?
No you do not. The Pastor at my church was actually a Baptist Minister before he came to our church and he did not study at a Lutheran seminary. In Australia, the answer is yea. There are only two ways in which can become a Lutheran pastor: 1. Attend a Lutheran seminary 2. For an elder (or other established Lutheran parish member) to go through an alternative accredited programme externally via the Lutheran seminary, in…