About the ELCA
About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Ezekiel Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is one of the larger Christian denominations in the United States. There are about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Members of the ELCA are called and privileged to participate in God’s work in the world. God calls and empowers us for mission through the Holy Sacrament of Baptism. As a community of believers justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), we do not describe mission in terms of our own work but with reference to the healing, salvation and restoration that God accomplishes through Christ.
We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our planning, while expecting surprising developments and unanticipated opportunities. Grounded in God’s love and forgiveness, we are equipped to live and serve here and now, in the world, with all its complexities, tensions and ambiguities. We have the courage to explore the world as saints and sinners who are certain of God’s promises. We are confident in the hope that all God’s loving purposes will be fulfilled when our risen Lord Jesus Christ returns.
The ELCA is a church that is always being made new and, at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology, and the Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It is 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.