St. Michael’s Joins the Lutheran Church of North America – Reading Eagle
St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg, aware of its commitment to faithful proclamation and good management, discerns that it can better serve the mission entrusted to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ as as a member of the North American Lutheran Church.
Two votes are needed to leave the denomination. On July 11, members voted 63-7 to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Reformation Day October 31, they voted 76-6 with 1 abstention to leave ELCA and join the North American Lutheran Church.
By joining NALC, St. Michael’s is re-engaging in its 255-year-old mission and gospel ministry and working together to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to all.
“People are looking for conservative, traditional Orthodox and Lutheran churches. St. Michaels will be one of those churches for people to find Jesus, ”said Pastor Paul Buzzard.
Since 1766, St. Michaels has served the community and will continue to provide programs, ministries and pastoral care to all who seek God. We will work as a prophetic voice and defend biblical authority and denominational fidelity among churches in the Lutheran community. Pastor Paul Buzzard is the pastor. Joshua Potteiger is the Chairman of the Board.
St. Michaels joins five other NALC churches in Berks County.
NALC started as a denomination in 2010 with 20 congregations. Embodying the theological center of Lutheranism in North America and standing firmly within the global Lutheran mainstream, they are committed to the authority of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. In accordance with the Lutheran Confessions, we believe that all doctrines should and should be judged by the teaching of Scripture. The NALC is a young Lutheran church of the Lutheran denomination, faithful in its preaching and practice to the Holy Bible and to the teachings of the Lutheran Confessions.
Four core values shape their life together: Christ-centered, mission-oriented, traditionally grounded, and congregational-oriented. They focused on the one gospel of Jesus Christ, driven by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of the Christian faith, and organized primarily to serve their congregations.