About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations aacross the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world.
Statements of Belief
Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation - the earth and the seas aand 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, aand 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 America is part of our founding constitution. The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church: