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Saint Luke's

Lutheran Church

A Ministry of the North American Lutheran Church

5265 North Union Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 598-4397

What We Believe

Confession of Faith

The North American Lutheran Church confesses:

The Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.triune God

Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

  1. Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
  2. The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
  3. The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them the Holy Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged.” (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I)

The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.

The Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

The other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

The Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.

The NALC honors and accepts The Common Confession (2005) included below, as a summary of teachings otherwise affirmed in the Lutheran Confessions.


The Common Confession

(The faith statement of Lutheran CORE – Coalition for Renewal. Adopted: November 2005)

CC1) The Lord Jesus Christ
We are people who believe and confess our faith in the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We trust and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord.

CC2) The Gospel of Salvation
We believe and confess that all human beings are sinners, and that sinners are redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God alone justifies human beings by faith in Christ — a faith that God creates through the message of the Gospel. As ambassadors for Christ, God uses us to speak his Word and build his kingdom.

CC3) The Authority of Scripture
We believe and confess that the Bible is God’s revealed Word to us, spoken in Law and Gospel. The Bible is the final authority for us in all matters of our faith and life.

CC4) A Common Confession of Faith
We accept and uphold that the Lutheran Confessions reliably guide us as faithful interpretations of Scripture, and that we share a unity and fellowship in faith with others among whom the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and the sacraments are administered in accordance with the Gospel.

CC5) The Priesthood of All Believers
We believe and confess that the Holy Spirit makes all who believe in Jesus Christ to be priests for service to others in Jesus’ name, and that God desires to make use of the spiritual gifts he has given through the priesthood of all believers.

CC6) Marriage and Family
We believe and confess that the marriage of male and female is an institution created and blessed by God. From marriage, God forms families to serve as the building blocks of all human civilization and community. We teach and practice that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the biblical boundaries of a faithful marriage between one  man and one woman.

CC7) The Mission and Ministry of the Congregation
We believe and confess that the church is the assembly of believers called and gathered by God around Word and Sacrament, and that the mission and ministry of the church is carried out within the context of individual congregations, which are able to work together locally and globally.

History

1971-2012

In 1971, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) Division for Missions made the decision to establish a new congregation in Colorado Springs.  Pastor LeRoy Miltner was called as mission developer. Pastor Miltner began making house calls in the area and the first services were conducted at Russell Jr. High School starting on December 19, 1971.

The Charter for the new church was opened in May 1972 with 71 signatures.  Planning for a new building commenced shortly after then.  The current site was selected and purchased by the LCA Division for Missions.  On May 14, 1972, the first congregation meeting was held, a constitution was drawn up, and a council was elected.  The first council members were:  President Robert Blakely, Ronald Fish, Richard Homer, Jean Hornyak, Virgil Rhule, William Rilea, Eugene Robbins and Kenneth Turhquist.

The Service of Celebration and Organization was held on May 21, 1972.  Pastor LeRoy Miltner was installed as St. Luke's first pastor on July 22, 1972.

Groundbreaking for the original building was on June 26, 1973.  Dedication of the completed new building took place on Palm Sunday, April 7, 1974.  Membership had grown to 307 baptized members.

The congregation grew in the first few years despite frequent turnover of Army and Air Force family members.  Finances were tight and education space was merely adequate.

Pastor Miltner resigned in March 1976 to take a position with the Iowa Synod.  Pastor Randy Pabst, a new seminary graduate was called to lead St. Lukes.  He served from August 1976 until February 1978, when he left to become an associate Pastor at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wyoming.  Membership stood at 201 confirmed and 99 baptized.

Pastor Don Fahrenbrink became St. Luke's pastor in August 1976.  Pastor Fahrenbrink served until his resignation in February 1984.

For the next year and a half, Pastor Arno Martin served as interim pastor at St. Lukes (March 1984 - July 1986).  This was a time of refocus, self evaluation, and stabilization for the congregation.

Pastor David Wendel was called to lead the congregation in October 1986.  He served St. Lukes for 25 years, leaving in January 2012 to become Assistant to the bishop of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

During Pastor Wendel's years at St. Lukes, two major building projects were completed (1988 and 2008) which tripled the size of the church facility.  A Children's Center was organized and became operational in August 1995.  Services were expanded, and the congregation became focused on outreach and mission, with an emphasis on local and global hunger. 

The congregation voted in May 2010 to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  We joined a newly established Lutheran body, the North American Lutheran Church in October 2010.

Pastor Josh Hansen became the interim Pastor of St. Luke’s in January 2012.  In December 2012 he was called to be the permanent pastor.  Under his leadership, the congregation continues to be healthy financially, and has a vibrant ministry focused on mission, faith, and discipleship. 

 

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