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Top 4 Things to Look for When Choosing a Lutheran Church

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Whether you're moving to a new area or you simply want to get involved in a local Lutheran church, there are a few things you'll want to look out for when visiting these churches. Once you've had a chance to see how each church meets what you're searching for, you'll be better equipped to select the one you'd like to join or be a part of for the future. 

What Are Their Beliefs?

The first thing you'll want to do is take a look at the church's mission statement. Almost every church has one, and this will give you a glimpse into the church's belief system. The Lutheran church bases teachings on the famous 16th century reformer known as Martin Luther. Check to see if the church is preaching about a Triune God and that their doctrine is one that promotes salvation through grace.

Are There Discipleship Opportunities?

A growing Lutheran church will have discipleship opportunities for every age group. This includes Sunday school classes either before or after the morning service, as well as meetings for men, women, and children throughout the week. Additional programs, such as a summer vacation Bible school are an added bonus. There are also new member classes that are designed to instruct individuals, not only about the Lutheran faith, but also about the specific programs the church offers. 

Does the Church Support Missions?

Lutheran's take seriously Acts 1:8, which says "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." It is, therefore, important to look for a church that supports mission work. Perhaps there are a few missionaries that came from the congregation that the church supports, or maybe they choose to focus on a different mission each month. The support may be financial, or it may be organizing care packages or supplies of Bibles to be sent out. 

Are Lutheran Traditions and Customs Upheld by the Church?

There are several core traditions and customs that you'll want to make sure the church is following if you are of the Lutheran faith. For example, does the church participate in Ash Wednesday, which symbolizes the need for repentance, and does it celebrate Lent? Additionally, many Lutheran churches begin their calendar year at Advent. You may wish to set up a meeting with a clergy member at a church like Grace Lutheran Church LCMS to ask questions and see what the year's calendar looks like. 

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27 January 2017