Members Of:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


Gethsemane Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

With nearly four-million members belonging to nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, ELCA is among the largest Christian denominations in the United States.

We're the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. For us, as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is "up to" in the world.

We're a church that is always being made new, and at the same time, is deeply rooted in Scripture, Lutheran theology and Lutheran confessions. We are also rooted in the vibrant, diverse communities and rich histories of our congregations. It's through these roots that the Holy Spirit guides and nourishes us so that we can be a church that is both resilient and always new.

We welcome you to join this community of faith - the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America - regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up the ELCA.

There is a place for you here!

Content taken from ELCA Website

The Northeastern Minnesota Synod (NEMN Synod)


As God's people, we understand that:
"God's Church does not have a Mission; God's Mission has a Church" And that Church is Us.

Bishop Tom Aitkin's Vision for the Northeastern Minnesota Synod

God's Mission in this Time and Place

  • That we, as members of the Body of Christ, gathered in congregations, would bear witness to Jesus Christ by growing in discipleship and service to the world.
  • That we will be willing to take risks and adapt our evangelism and service to our changing world.
  • That we will radically welcome the stanger.
  • That we do long-term missional visioning, embracing risks and changes that may come, and reviewing annually.
  • That we will come to love the question, "What needs to change in this congregation in order to live into God's mission?"
  • That we would combine Matthew 28:18-20 with Matthew 22:36-40 as we live into God's Mission: Go make disciples with Love God and love your neighbor.
  • Content taken from NEMN Synod Website