419.289.2126   508 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805  Folk - Sat. 6:30pm | Traditional - Sun. 8:30am | Festive - Sun. 10:45am | Praise - Sun. 10:45am

What We Believe

The Lutheran Church descends from the Lutheran Reformation of 1517. We hold, with other reformation churches, the "one, holy, catholic (universal) faith" of the early church.  
 
We confess, with the Apostles' Creed, that God, the Father Almighty, is Creator of heaven and earth.

We confess Jesus as Lord of our lives. Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus we can be reconciled to God.

We confess that the Holy Spirit calls, enlightens, and gathers believers throughout the world.
 
This congregation accepts the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired word of God and the authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life. We accept the Lutheran doctrinal writings (such as the Augsburg Confession) as valid interpretations of the faith of the church.
 
We seek to follow our Lord Jesus as He calls us to care for those in need in our community and as He calls us to gather the faithful to worship God.  
 
Some things we think are important as we live together as believers:
 
1. We are all sinners; therefore, we have a difficult time "looking down" on those who might have sinned in ways different than we have. All of us have access to the grace of God through worship and the sacraments (Holy Communion and Baptism). 

 

2. True worship can happen in a variety of forms. We presently use three musical "languages" for worship, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, and Classical Hymnody. 

 

3. We seek to empower lay members of the congregation in their ministry. We have literally hundreds of members involved in a wide variety of ministries in which they participate or they start, with the support of the staff or the congregation.

 

4. The vast majority of our staff comes from within the congregation and has begun their ministries as volunteers in their area of interest.

 

5. We seek to form alliances with agencies and organizations in the community to do ministry in Ashland rather than simply seeking to do ministry within our own membership.

 

6. Children's ministries and ministry to our "long-time faithful members" are a high priority to us.

 

7. Guests are welcome at worship and welcome to participate in ministries of this congregation prior to deciding whether or not to become members.

 

8. In both the Old and New Testaments the tithe (10%) is suggested as the appropriate giving level. We suggest that all believers should be at that level or working toward it but note that we are saved by the grace of God, not by our level of giving.