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Mission Statement

That all members will be spiritually fulfilled and renewed with each service and their enthusiasm for the Lord and His word radiates to everyone they meet.

If you find yourself to be a part of the "Lutheran Diaspora" (a dispersion of people from their original, in this case, church), why not try us out? Salem left the ELCA in 2005 and has not looked back. Believing that the Holy Bible is the Word of God, continuing membership in an organization that has seemingly strayed from the path was felt an untenable situation. Wishing to join with other congregations who felt as we do where it comes to pure Christianity in a purely Lutheran flavor, we joined the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) in December of 2010.

What We Believe

As members of LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) we agree and act in compliance with their Statement of Faith:

  • We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him.
    • 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 in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself.
    • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the 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.
  • We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.
  • We accept the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.
  • We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
  • We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
  • We believe, teach, and confess 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 priesthood of all believers for God's mission in the world.