Missouri Synod Lutherans
Lutherans are white, black, brown, yellow and everything in between. Lutherans speak Germanic languages, Romance languages, Oriental languages, African languages, Indian languages, Arabic languages and nearly every dialect known to man. Our church buildings are Gothic cathedrals with organs and bells and incense and beautifully chanted liturgies located in the world's great cities, and our church buildings are mud huts in the bush with simple tables and chairs and liturgies sung with the aid of drums. Among the world's Lutherans, we are truly as diverse in tribe and tongue as the heavenly choir in Revelation 5:9.
The word "Synod" in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod comes from the Greek word that means "walking together". It has rich meaning in our church body, because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. These congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church are statements of belief put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. Among the world's confessional Lutherans there is a glorious melding of diversity in non-essentials with unity in the essentials of confessed doctrine and lived-out practice. What a glorious picture of the Church Militant as we move toward the Church Triumphant in the hope of the resurrection and the new creation! Meet the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod here.