Our Denomination

According to the Lutheran World Federation, there are approximately 66 million Lutherans worldwide.

 

~Founding

 The origins of the Lutheran denomination trace back to the 16th century and the reforms of Martin Luther, a German monk and professor who has been called the "Father of the Reformation." For more about Lutheran history, visit Lutheran Denomination - Brief History.

 

~Prominent Founder

Martin Luther

 

~Geography

According to the Lutheran World Federation, 36 million Lutherans live in Europe, 13 million in Africa, 8.4 million in North America, 7.3 million in Asia, and 1.1 million in Latin America. Today in America, the two largest Lutheran church bodies are the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with more than 5 million members, and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) with more than 2.5 million members.

 

~Sacred or Distinguishing Text

 The Bible, The Book of Concord.

 

~Beliefs and Practices:

  • Martin Luther and other early leaders of Lutheran faith wrote most of the Lutheran beliefs found in the Book of Concord. The Book of Concord is considered the doctrinal authority by members of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS). It contains several texts including The Three Ecumenical Creeds, The Augsburg Confession, and The Defense of the Augsburg Confession. For more about what Lutherans believe, visit Lutheran Denomination - Beliefs and Practices.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) gives less emphasis to the Book of Concord, seeing it predominantly as an historical document with valid interpretations of the Lutheran faith. The ELCA Confession of Faith includes the acceptance of the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed.
 

What's New at New Life

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Big Hair » BIG HAIR EVENT!   New Life Church's Senior High Youth Group (SHYG) is organizing an event to support the Prager Cancer Assistance Fund and Locks of Love and Pantene: Beautiful Locks! We want *YOU* to donate your hair or shave your head for such an amazing cause!! All the money raised will go to support local patients currently undergoing treatment for cancer. Can't donate your hair? There are still things you can do to support the cause!1) DONATE DONATE DONATE!! Donate to help the cancer patients!2) Come and see! Watch everyone shaving their heads and cutting their hair the day of the event at New Life! Come support them, as this is hard for some of them to do.3) Invite! Even if you cannot make it the day of the event, invite your friends! Invite your enemies! Invite everyone you know!4) Pray! Please pray for the people donating their hair, the people shaving their heads, and of course, the cancer patients!  Also involved with this event will be a concert! Free to all! All donations going towards the Prager Fund. Interested in offering your talents? Please contact any member of SHYG. Message us, or find us. E-mail Melinda Lingenfelter at nh15.lingenfelterm@gmail.com for more information!You will also be able to buy raffle tickets to win a chance at shaving someone's head (more info coming soon)!Are you able to help out with this event by cutting and/or styling people's hair and/or shaving heads? Please let us know!This is going to be an incredible event with something for the whole family to do! From the young to the old (and especially the young at heart) there are activities the whole family can take part in!We hope to see you all there to support this amazing cause!                                                                                                                                     

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