About The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

 

 

 

Witness. Mercy. Life Together.

 

 

 

Our Mission:

"In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world."

 

The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is an international collection of Lutheran Christians numbering about 2.5 million. In 1997 the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod celebrated its 150th anniversary. It’s kind of a long story, but the name Missouri is part of the name of this denomination because when the denomination was formed 150+ years ago, it brought together Lutherans in the states surrounding Missouri. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod was a much easier name to deal with than The Lutheran Church-Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and other states Synod. Perhaps the founders of the denomination were shortsighted and should have had a greater vision for how the denomination would one day grow to international dimension, but you know how things often work out when people are picking names.

One of the strengths of the LCMS is its willingness to take a stand for what it believes. We hold to the Bible as the Word of God and we are committed to the classic Lutheran interpretations of the Bible as found in a volume known as The Book of Concord. In a pluralistic society where political correctness dictates that no one and nothing ever be criticized, the LC-MS is still willing to say that only what God says is right is truly right and that whatever God deems as wrong is still wrong even if this is the new millennium.

There are approximately 6000 local congregations in the LCMS grouped in 38 geographic districts such as the Northwest District of which this congregation is a part. The LCMS has an extensive school system in which it is possible to attend from infancy through graduate school. Our schools of higher learning are grouped under an umbrella known as the Concordia System. Here in our District we have Concordia Lutheran University in Portland, Oregon.

The LCMS is just one denomination which carries the name Lutheran. There are 58 million Lutherans worldwide and they form the world’s largest Protestant group. Like in any family, Lutherans don’t always agree on every point and that’s why there are different Lutheran groups. The same is true about other denominations. While the diversity of denominations is to many people a sign of disunity among Christians, to others it is a benevolent system of checks and balances which helps to strengthen all Christians by guarding against false teaching.

The LCMS is committed to local autonomy. What that means is that each local congregation of the denomination has its own unique personality. The doctrine - the church teachings - in all our congregations is the same: We believe that there is only one True God - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; and that there is only one way to heaven - through faith in Jesus Christ. We hold to the ecumenical creeds of Christianity: the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds. And we practice two Sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Within our similarity, however, there is room for diversity and the best way to get to know us is by getting to know us. Every LCMS congregation would be delighted to have you visit and that’s certainly true about Clover Trinity.

 

 

The teaching of Martin Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases:

 

"Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone." 

 

Please visit the Main LCMS Website for more details on our Mission, our Practices, our Faith, and how to Study and Serve.

 

 

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