What We Believe
About the ELCA
Our mission: Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.
Our vision: A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.
Our values: Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.
Grace is a body of believers who have been called out from the world, following the teachings of Martin Luther. We confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. We accept the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of our faith. Grace English Lutheran Church belongs to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) East-Central Synod of Wisconsin.
What do we believe about Baptism? Who can be baptized and what is the protocol to prepare for baptism?
As Lutherans, we believe that the Sacrament of Baptism is a gift given freely by God. By combining ordinary, everyday water with God’s words of promise that name and claim us as God’s own, we receive a promise of forgiveness and love we can touch in the waters of baptism. We don’t come to the waters of baptism because we are afraid that something bad will happen if we don’t. We come because of the loving gift that we receive in the Sacrament. We, as humans, do nothing to earn it or deserve it.
We practice baptism at any age. Most often, we baptize infants. However, baptism is open to people at any age. Older children and adults desiring to be baptized and parents desiring to have their children baptized are encouraged to speak to the pastor for baptismal instruction.