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With the emigrations of the 19th century, the German revival movements gave birth to several independent mission societies for the Germans in North America. In 1840, a leadership crisis among the Stephanites (Missouri Synod) led to the founding in Dresden of the first explicitly denominational society, the Verein zur Unterstützung der lutherischen Kirche in Nordamerika. It was followed in 1853 by the Gotteskasten in Hannover, the model for similar groups in Lauenburg (1857), Bavaria (1860), and Hessen (1865). Between 1841 and 1899, W. Löhe trained 250 workers as Sen…

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Dörfler-Dierken, Angelika, “Martin-Luther-Bund”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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