How to Become Lutheran

Lutheranism is a denomination of the Christian Church. Lutherans believe that a person is not saved by being good, but only by God's grace through faith in Jesus. This means that a Lutheran simply trusts that Jesus's sacrifice on the cross completely pays for their salvation. Lutherans do want to follow God's commandments, not because they are afraid God will send them to hell, but because they are thankful that God loves them and has given them heaven.

There are three main Lutheran synods: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is the largest synod of Lutheranism in America. They have moved away from certain aspects of traditional Lutheranism, believing that God's love conquers all human misunderstandings. They are more willing to change with the times and culture. The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) is the second largest group of Lutherans and they are more conservative. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is the most conservative, interpreting the Bible as the inspired word of God. There are some other smaller Lutheran synods as well.


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    Go to a Lutheran church and ask the pastor about membership.
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    The pastor will usually offer to take you through a Bible Instruction Class or meet with you to discuss the differences between Lutherans and other Christians.
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    After the class you are welcome to be a Lutheran member!
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    Keep reading the Bible to grow your faith. Honestly believing the Bible isn't something that magically happens when you join a Lutheran church. It might take a while, but through reading the Bible and prayer, God can create real faith in your heart.


  • Don't be afraid to ask questions before committing to the classes.


  • Lutheran worship services often offer "communion" or "The Lord's Supper" during their services. ELCA congregations open the Lord's Supper to all who believe Jesus died for them and that Jesus is present in the bread and wine we receive. Others practice 'close' communion. If you aren't a Lutheran member then it is best that you wait to participate in this until you talk to the pastor about it.

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