The Lutheran Church is the largest Protestant Church in the world, with active congregations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. International headquarters are located in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Lutheran Church seeks amicable relationships with other Christian churches and generously finances worldwide ongoing conversations with Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican and other groups. The spirit of such conversations stems from Our Lord’s prayer in the seventeenth chapter of the Gospel of John, where we read: “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:23)
The Lutheran Church demands rigorous training for those who serve as pastors. Martin Luther was a Doctor of Theology and placed heavy emphasis on Bible Study and an understanding of the value of personal faith in Christ Jesus. In North America the Lutheran Church is in need of individuals who feel called to serve as pastor. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, an association of which Glory Lutheran Church is a member, ordains both men and women.
The Lutheran Church Bible Society and Publishing House (Bibelgesellschaft) not only coordinates translations of the Bible into languages for which no translation as yet exists, it also publishes the largest number of Old and New Testaments in the original languages (Hebrew and Greek) than any other organization in the world.
The Lutheran Church is respected and appreciated worldwide for its ability to organize and deliver essential supplies to crisis situations. Along with acknowledgment for the quality of its work, the percentage of relief monies gathered by Lutheran World Relief which actually reaches the people who need it is the highest among relief agencies, approximately 95 %.
The Lutheran Church has a long standing heritage of singing robustly at worship services. Music played a vital role in Martin Luther’s life and he strongly encouraged individuals to discover inspiration in Christian music. Today, the Lutheran Church is open to both traditional and more modern expression of music and instrumentation.
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