Our Church

homepageOur Church – the Evangelical Protestant Church – we thought a FAQ is easiest ….

Where are you located? Our General Conference Office is located in Cayce, West Columbia SC. USA. We have churches and ministries in many States in the U.S but not all. We have churches/ministries in Spain, Nigeria, Canada, Kenya, The Congo, Algeria and Trinidad.

What sacraments do you observe? We observe Baptism and Holy Communion.

Does a person have to be a member of your church to take communion with you? No. All believers are welcome to partake at the Lord’s Table.

Do you require wine to be served for communion? We usually use wine but we are aware that there are circumstances where grape juice is preferred. The answer is no; we consider the situation, the culture and the people. The Lord will bless his Body and Blood for his purposes and look on the hearts of those involved.

Are you Trinitarian? Yes. We believe in the traditional teaching regarding the Trinity of One God who is three persons Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Are you missions oriented? Yes. We are. We believe in training indigenous ministers to reach their own people. We have Concordia Theologica Kenya for example which is headed by our Kenyan Bishop. We also accept ministry credits from a school in Nigeria for ordaining ministers there. We also have Concordia Espana for Spanish-speaking ministry candidates and ministers. We have ministers in Kenya, Algeria, the Congo, and Nigeria.

What is your organizational structure? We have a Board of Governors for the nonprofit corporation. The Presiding Bishop serves as president of this corporation. We have an Executive Board that handles the every day administrative affairs of the Community, a Board of Advisors and a Council of Bishops. The Presiding Bishop is the chief Executive Officer and chief under shepherd under the Chief Shepherd Jesus Christ. We have regional/synod bishops. Please see our constitution and by-laws online at http://www.lutheranepc.com.

How do you treat reports of child abuse? We are mandatory reporters. Such information will be given to the proper authorities.

Are you evangelistic? Yes, we are. Our focus is to the lost. We have noticed a decline in new converts across Christendom. Many people move back and forth between churches and some have “dropped out” all together. We are interested in the lost and the unchurched.

I believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and consider myself charismatic. Will I be welcome in your Church?Yes, you will be welcome. We are a diverse group. We do not call ourselves charismatic but we believe in the present day work of the Holy Spirit and the ministries that Jesus placed in his Church.

I notice that you talk a lot about the Holy Spirit leading. I come from a background where I have always been told what to do and what I am to believe. How do I participate? That is a good question. Yes. We do fully believe that the Holy Spirit will lead regarding his Church. We just have to trust that he will do that. A relationship has to be cultivated in prayer, worship, study and daily walk. It is a practicing of his Presence. Yes. It is an adventure and it might seem a little scary or unsure or even irresponsible if this is not what you are use to but it is scriptural and God honors his Word. This is how Jesus ran his ministry and the Apostles after him. We will assist you as you launch into this new but old and Christ centered way of ministry.

What is meant by “evangelical”? It means that we place emphasis on a personal faith in Jesus Christ and in the authority of scripture or orthodoxy. Orthodoxy means adhering to the accepted or traditional and established faith, true opinion, right thinking, true or right praise in this case to God.

What form of liturgy do you use? We have a broad spectrum of worship; some high church, some low church, traditional, some contemporary depending on the locale and culture of those being served. The various Lutheran books of worship may be used according to ministerial or congregational preference. The point is to serve God, worship and exalt him as he desires and directs by his Holy Spirit in the region. What is best in one region may not be best in another. God will lead. He knows his people and his ministers and how he wants them to participate in his worship.

What translation of the Bible do you endorse? We do not endorse a particular translation but to keep as close to the original Greek and Hebrew.

Do you ordain homosexuals? No. We will not knowingly ordain practicing homosexuals.

Do you support same sex marriage? No, we do not. We believe scripture states that marriage is between a man and a woman and that they are to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion together over the earth and its occupants.

Do you subscribe to the Book of Concord and the Augsburg Confession? We do but following Luther’s example and good doctrine “…in so far as they meet in the teachings of the Holy Scriptures and in the common confessions of all Christendom.”

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