We Are Lutheran
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Calvary is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
NORTH CAROLINA SYNOD-ELCA
Calvary is part of the NC Synod-ELCA.
The NC Synod has 199 congregations, over 56,000 baptized members, 440 rostered leaders and 9 agencies.
The agencies include Agape/Kure Beach Ministries, Lenoir Rhyne University, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and Novus Way Ministries (Lutheridge, Lutherock, Luther Springs, Lutheranch.)
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE LUTHERAN?
Lutherans are Protestant Christians, who stress that it is through God’s grace that those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are brought into right relationship with God. We call this being justified by grace, through faith.
This faith empowers us to freely express love to our neighbors—not to win God’s salvation—but in thanks and praise to God who loves us unconditionally and eternally.