The ELCA Constitution and related documents hold up a vision of gospel ministry for those who prepare to serve under call as rostered leaders in this church. In our “Statement of Purpose” (Chapter 4) the Church is defined as “a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God’s creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.” As this church engages in God’s mission, we are committed to “carry out Christ’s Great Commission by reaching out to all people....” We do ministry “with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of all.”
To fulfill its mission of outreach, worship, service, advocacy for justice and nurture, this church calls and sends qualified people as its rostered leaders. Because our mission is global in its scope, with particular responsibility for ministry in the United States and Caribbean, this church calls and sends leaders where they are needed. As Abraham and Sarah were called to go forth to a distant new place and as the followers of Jesus were commanded to “go and make disciples,” so this church’s rostered leaders often are called to familiar and unfamiliar places.