What We Believe

Our Mission Statement

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church is called by faith in Christ and guided by grace to share God’s love through worship, prayer, fellowship, service and outreach. We are committed to nurture our relationship with God, our families, communities and the world.

Core Beliefs

1) Worshiping is the primary role of the people of God • Weekly community worship that is Trinitarian, contextual, liturgical, and sacramental [Communion & Baptism-infant/adult] and frequent personal expressions • “Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.” - Matthew 22:37-38

2) Fellowship - opportunities to deepen our relationships • Includes small and large groups and personal faith developing relationships • “And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” - Matthew 22:3

3) Discipleship matures in prayer, Bible study (inspired word of God) and generosity • Includes prayer, immersing ourselves in continuing education of God’s Word and how God’s Word is experienced through our hands, studying Lutheran theology through Christian education opportunities, and tithing. • “Teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:20

4) Serving others by equipping people for ministry • Includes various Spiritual Gifts and leadership development - “The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” - Ephesians 4:11-13

5) Outreach beyond Trinity Lutheran that clearly communicates the grace of Christ • Includes social ministries; local and global mission projects and a verbal witness • “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” - Matthew 28:19

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Vision Statement

1) Worship - We welcome people every week to a dynamic and vibrant Lutheran worship experience that proclaims the Gospel of Jesus Christ through liturgy, word and sacrament.

2) Outreach/Service to Community - We are a people who know they are called by Christ to reach out to the community by inviting people to worship, sharing our faith with others and serving the needs of the local community (both physical and spiritual) and through global missions.

3) Discipleship. We provide spiritual growth opportunities to enable people to follow Christ’s call to be disciples to all nations. We are a living church. We welcome all people to build a relationship with Christ.

ELCA Confession of Faith

What we believe in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

This church confesses the Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

This church confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

This church accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life.

This church accepts the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church.

This church accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it In faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

This church accepts the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

This church confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.

The Confession of Faith is published in the Constitution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.