Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Grace and the NALC
Grace is a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) includes more than 400 congregations and 100,000-plus members! Pastor John Bradosky is the bishop of the NALC. Ohio itself has more than 60 NALC congregations — more than any other state or mission district in the entire denomination, and our numbers continue to grow.
Grace is one of three NALC congregations located in Springfield, Ohio. The NALC is a church family committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. The NALC has embraced four core values: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded and Congregationally-Focused.
Visit the NALC website by clicking this link: www.thenalc.org.
The NALC Core Values
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 that is organized to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a posture of servant-hood and a spirit of partnership, through the provision of resources, connections and information.
The North American Lutheran Church is committed to helping all of our congregations be transformed into disciple-making congregations. Our Lord Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, which means that every baptized believer is called to be a disciple who is trained and nurtured to make disciples of others.
Two of the ways in with the NALC will transform its congregations are through our Life-to-Life Discipleship initiative and “Discipleship Moment” videos.
As the NALC strives to be Christ centered, mission driven, traditionally grounded and congregationally focused, we hope and pray these resources will prove to be noteworthy and helpful tools in your discipleship journey.
North American Lutheran Seminary
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we are forming pastors and church leaders for the North American Lutheran Church who will faithfully preach, teach, and live God’s eternal truth, through Word and Sacrament, proclaiming Christ’s cross and resurrection, making disciples who will renew and grow the church in Christ’s name.