North American Lutheran Church
The NALC is a fast-growing Christian church body in the Lutheran tradition, uniting more than 125,000 Lutherans in more than 300 congregations across North America. The NALC embodies the theological center of Lutheranism in North America and stands firmly within the global Lutheran mainstream.
The NALC is a church family committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. In keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, we believe all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture.
The NALC has embraced four core values which shape our common life: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused. We are a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000 year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations.
The NALC is a renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe. If you are a visitor, we invite you to learn more about our church family.
We confess the apostolic faith in Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures. We affirm the authority of the Scriptures as the authoritative source and norm, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged” (Formula of Concord). We accept the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran Confessions as true witnesses to the Word of God.
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.
We affirm the ecumenical creeds and the faithful witness of the Church across time and space. We endorse the form and practices of the universal Church that are consistent with Scripture, particularly the office of the ministry and the tradition of worship under Word and Sacrament. We seek dialogue and fellowship with other Lutheran churches and with faithful Christians of other confessions.
We strive to be a church body that is organized to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a posture of servanthood and a spirit of partnership, through the provision of resources, connections and information.
Coalition for Renewal
We are a community of Lutheran Christians seeking to mobilize confessing Lutherans for evangelical renewal. We connect more than 5,000 individuals, 400 congregations and 20 institutions and renewal groups across North America. An annual Convocation serves as our chief decision-making body, electing officers and a Steering Committee.
How We Started
Lutheran CORE was founded in 2005 to oppose the steady drift of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America away from Scriptural authority, specifically regarding issues of human sexuality. After the 2009 decisions regarding same-sex sexual relationships, Lutheran CORE changed its name from Coalition for Reform to Coalition for Renewal and relinquished its status as an ELCA-recognized organization. Now Lutheran CORE seeks to support all North American Lutherans who share our commitments by mobilizing them for renewal regardless of church body affiliation.
NALC Convocation approves establishing NALC seminary. The 2013 NALC Convocation overwhelmingly approved establishing a seminary to provide for the theological education of future pastors for the North American Lutheran Church. The Convocation, which met Aug. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa., approved two resolutions: The first authorized the establishment of the North American Lutheran Seminary. The second authorized raising $1 million to fund the seminary. More than 700 people attended the Convocation.