We Are . . .

We  Are  Evangelical

We center our worship, proclamation, and community life and service on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because God created us in love, rescued us through the cross of Jesus, and gives us the Spirit of peace, we are free to love, to give, to serve and to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We Are A Christian Community.

We embrace and celebrate the traditions of the Church across the ages, composed of many languages, cultures, and nations. While we are Lutheran, we claim the rich diversity of the universal Church. Our celebration of the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion in worship and song unites us with the larger gathering of all people whose faith centers in Jesus Christ.

We Are Reforming.

We believe that God has saved us once and for all through the cross. We know we are not perfect. We renew our faith and press on to live our lives in conformity with God’s will and kingdom. We look for new ways to share the Good News of Jesus’ love.

We Are Reconciling.

God reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

All Are Welcome.

Jesus embraced all people with open arms just as they were. All disciples of Jesus Christ may enter into our fellowship. We all stand together at the foot of the cross, knowing that each person is a unique child of God, both saint and sinner, with something to offer.

Statement of Pastoral Care (Excerpt from Council Resolution of August 31, 2015)

There are times in the pastoral care journey that the path taken is not necessarily in line with every member’s personal opinion and biblical understanding. We all do not agree on issues, including scriptural interpretation and pastoral care. The Congregation Council of Christ Lutheran Church, Richmond, Virginia, recognizes this and is still committed that the care of others is a necessary priority of this congregation. We commit ourselves, therefore, to respect the variety of scriptural interpretations and opinions of social issues present in this congregation, to support the pastor in providing helpful pastoral care, and to trust that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit and surrounded by God’s grace as we walk with others in love and compassion. And because we do, the Congregation Council of Christ Lutheran Church, Richmond, Virginia, offers pastoral care to all members of the community. The sacrament, rites, and other ministries of this congregation are available to all as appropriate.