Mission and Vision – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Objective

Share the story of Jesus and the ELCA by engaging with 1 million new people as we grow the church together.

Objective

Activate each of us so that more people know the way of Jesus and discover community, justice and love.

Vision

A world that experiences the difference that God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.

Priority areas

A Welcoming Church: Engaging New, Young, and Diverse People

“Your young…will have visions, and your old…will dream dreams. »
Acts 2:17

A Thriving Church: Rooted in Tradition and Radically Relevant

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste, how can you regain its salinity? … You are the light of the world.”
Matthew 5:13-14

A Connected and Sustainable Church: Raising the Bar Together

” I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, for without me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

Values

Our values ​​are based on faith, our biblical and Lutheran denominational sources, and our love of God and neighbour. They speak to how this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we walk together in Christ as a church.

Forgiveness and reconciliation – We are reconciled to God through the indulgent mercy of God. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made of us in Jesus Christ and from what God is doing with us in the world. As the people of God, we embody forgiveness in word, deed and relationship, and our ministry of reconciliation is fundamental.

Dignity, compassion and justice – Each person is created in the image of God. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all. Through the proclamation of the gospel, through worship, and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all.

Inclusion and diversity – As the Church of Christ, we appreciate the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not see diversity as an obstacle to unity. We recognize and challenge the dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, ethnic minority groups, people with disabilities, people marginalized or living in poverty and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and openness to change – Because we trust in the promise of God and understand that faith is a living and bold trust in the grace of God, we are encouraged to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as a church . It means that we are open to new paths and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful Stewardship of Creation and God’s Gifts – As a church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring that the responsibilities and resources God has entrusted to us are used with great care and accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.

Barry F. Howard