Who We Are

About Us

Who Are We?

St Mark’s is mem­ber con­gre­ga­tion of the Lutheran Church of Aus­tralia (LCA).

  • In Aus­tralia and New Zealand almost 250,000 peo­ple call them­selves Luther­ans. There are 648 con­gre­ga­tions, 298 parishes, 533 pas­tors (includ­ing those who have retired) and 92 lay workers.
  • The Lutheran church has been in Aus­tralia and New Zealand for more than 150 years. In the 1830s small groups of Euro­pean Luther­ans emi­grated in search of reli­gious free­dom. They set­tled mainly in rural areas in var­i­ous parts of Australia.
  • The Lutheran church is one of the world’s major Chris­t­ian churches. It is the largest Protes­tant church. At the begin­ning of 2005 there were nearly 70 mil­lion Luther­ans in the world.
  • The Lutheran church is the old­est Protes­tant church. It dates back to the Ref­or­ma­tion in the 16th cen­tury when Mar­tin Luther chal­lenged some of the teach­ings and prac­tices of the church of his day. Luther insisted that the Bible is the author­ity that decides what the church should teach and do.
  • The name ‘Lutheran’ was given to peo­ple who believed that Mar­tin Luther was right in his inter­pre­ta­tion of the Bible.

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