We believe and confess that the church is the assembly of believers called and gathered by God around Word and Sacrament, and that the mission and ministry of the church is carried out within the context of individual congregations, which are able to work together locally and globally.
This is also where the "Mission Driven" part of our "Core Values" plays a major role. We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel and to make disciples for Christ. We believe that making disciples — in our congregations, in our communities and nations, and around the world — must be a priority of the Church in the present age.
The Great Commission is our mission. We go taking the Gospel to the ends of the earth, making disciples committed to Christ, baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching people all that Jesus commands, and trusting in His constant presence and power.