What We Believe

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation - the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.

We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.

These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Americais part of our founding constitution. The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church: The Apostles Creed, The Nicene Creed, and The Athanasian Creed. Below are the ELCA Mission and Vision Statements:

 

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The Mission, Vision and Purpose of the ELCA

The ELCA uses several tools to both describe itself and to shape its mission and ministry. Three of these tools are a mission statement, a vision statement and a six-fold statement of purpose.

Mission Statement
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, 
we are claimed, gathered, and sent for the sake of the world.

Vision Statement
Claimed by God's grace for the sake of the world, 
we are a new creation through God's living Word by the power of the Holy Spirit;

Gathered by God's grace for the sake of the world, 
we will live among God's faithful people, hear God's Word, and share Christ's supper;

Sent by God's grace for the sake of the world, we will 
proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, 
serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and
strive for justice and peace in all the world.
Statement of Purpose
To proclaim God's saving Gospel;
To carry out Christ's Great Commission;
To serve in response to God's love to meet human needs;
To worship God;
To nurture members in the Word of God; and
To manifest unity.