Our Beliefs & Values

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. 

Scriptures, Creeds and Confessions 

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life. 

Teaching for a life of faith 

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”  
(See more at: http://www.elca.org/Faith/ELCA-Teaching)

What ECLA Lutherans Believe . . . 

What to Expect in Worship

Five Primary Expectations for discipleship 

Southeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania — our Sister Synod

What We Value

  • We value life-long learning of God's Word, the Bible.
  • We value excellence in our worship experiences, believing that God comes to us, speaks to our lives, inspires our hearts, and nurtures our spirits during those moments.
  • We value people and want each person to discover the joy of a relationship with Jesus
  • We value respect for all people, knowing that we are at different stages of growing our relationship with God.
  • We value children and instilling in them values and faith so they may be successful at living out their faith.
  • We value the education of our children.
  • We value our Lutheran traditions of grace, faith and Word.
  • We value the life transforming power of the unconditional love God has for us and want to help people experience that power.
  • We value prayer as our conversation with God and seek out ways to continue to grow stronger and stronger in our communication with God.



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