The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
With nearly four million members in about 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S.
We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. For us, the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.
We are a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It's through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new.
You are welcome to join this community of faith -- the ELCA -- regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA.
Mission: Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the ELCA. As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God's work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus' name throughout the world.
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Mission Statement, Church of the Good Shepherd:
Purpose: Saved by God's Grace, led by the Holy Spirit, and nurtured by Word and Sacrament, the Good Shepherd congregation seeks to live and demonstrate Christ's love and acts through worship, prayer, fellowship and outreach.
Principles: The key principles that the congregation of Good Shepherd utilizes as its foundation in fulfilling its Purpose are as follows:
We, the congregation, are:
1. Worshiping the Holy Trinity: God, the Father, as Creator, Jesus as Savior, and the Holy Spirit as Comforter;
2. Demonstrating and embodying God's love to all;
3. Spreading the word of God with the community and world around us;
4. Living in service to God and others; and
5. Sharing God's abundant gifts.