Commissioned by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC)

The Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC) was organized October, 1962. Pastor Ken was commissioned in 2002 to prepare this chalk art picture to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the AFLC.

This picture shows the original founders of the AFLC, GEORG SVERDRUP and SVEN OFTEDAL, as well as MARTIN LUTHER. The picture all includes the headquarters church located in Plymouth, Minnesota; the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School and Seminary (AFLBS); The Association Retreat Center (The ARC) located in Osceola, Wisconsin; and many other special items related to the AFLC and its first forty years.

The principal reasons for the formation of the AFLC were:
Recognizes the Bible as the inspired and inerrant authority in all matters of faith and life;

Recognizes that the teaching and preaching of God's Word is the main task of the Church, to be conducted in such a way that the saints are built up and unbelievers see their need for salvation;

Believes that the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth, with no authority above it but the Word and the Spirit of God;

Believes that Christian unity is a spiritual concept, not a man-made organization such as the World Council of Churches or the National Council of Churches;

Believes that Christians are called to be a salt and light, separated from the ways of the world, and that this difference is to be reflected in the life of the congregation as well as in the institutions of the church body.

Taken from the History of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (ALFC) found at

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