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The Great Commission - Matthew 28:16-20
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When
they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All
authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to
obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
I would like to take this opportunity to say thanks to the many people who stepped up and contributed
to our Strategic Planning events in 2015! We had some thoughtful and inspiring feedback at the June
meeting, and we had some great dialogue at our workshop in December. The following is what we came
At Grace Lutheran Church…
Our Values include:
• Christ Centered living and the Word
o Growing in our personal relationship with Christ through prayer & scripture study
o Teaching and equipping members with the knowledge to uphold & defend our faith
• Adherence to the Lutheran Confessions
• Sacramental and Liturgical Worship
o Holy Communion
o Worship and Prayer Offerings
• A Preaching Church in Word and Deed
o Preaching the Gospel of Jesus
o Living the Promise of Eternal Life
o Serving our community in love by being open-minded, accountable, and caring and being relevant to people in need of salvation and growth in faith.
Our Mission Statement is:
• Grace Lutheran Church is here to bring souls to Christ with the truth of the gospel revealed in the Bible,
as we worship and live the promise of salvation through Jesus our Savior, while reaching out and
supporting all people in their needs.
Our Vision is to:
• Grow and be the spirit of true community in Christ by boldly going forth in faith to proclaim the love
and hope of Christ to our world.
I think that we can rally around these statements, and use them to direct our energies and resources to
where the Lord wants us to focus. Watch for times and dates as we gather to further our planning.