Who we are
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of England is a denomination of the Christian Church. We are 'evangelical' because we believe, teach and preach the 'Good News' of salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ. We are called 'Lutheran' in memory of Dr. Martin Luther, the Protestant reformer, who lived in Germany from 1483-1546. Though there are now ELCE congregations in England, Scotland and Wales - our official name includes 'Church of England' because it is in London that our Synod had its first beginnings in 1896.
As a Church Body, the ELCE is not an ecclesiastical government exercising legislative or coercive powers. The ELCE carries out powers and responsibilities determined by its member congregations, as set by their delegates at annual synodical conventions.
The ELCE's objectives are:
1. Proclamation of the Gospel and the strengthening and establishing
2. The use together of whatever means that may be serviceable to the
3. The training of ministers and teachers for the service of the church.
4. The preservation and promotion of the unity of the true faith and
5. The protection of congregations, Pastors and teachers in the
6. The encouragement of liturgical conformity.
Many of these functions are performed through committees established by Synod. An example of such a committee is The Commission on Theological and Social Concerns ;another is The Lutheran Women's League of Great Britain (LWLGB).
To read more about the history of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, click on the front cover below (opens a new window).
To read about the first fifty years of the Synod of the ELCE, click here.
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