St. Michael’s Church, 529 St. Michael’s Road, Hamburg, mindful of its commitment to faithful proclamation and good stewardship, discerns that it can better serve the mission given to the Church by our Lord Jesus Christ as a member of the North American Lutheran Church.
Two votes are required to leave the denomination. On July 11, members voted 63-7 to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Reformation Day Oct. 31, they voted 76-6 with 1 abstention to leave the ELCA and join the North American Lutheran Church.
By joining the NALC, St. Michael’s is recommitting themselves to its 255-year-old mission and ministry of the Gospel and working together to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all.
“People are looking for conservative, orthodox, and traditional Lutheran churches. St. Michaels will be one of those churches for people to find Jesus,” Pastor Paul Buzzard said.
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 advocate for Biblical authority and confessional fidelity among churches of the Lutheran community. The Rev. Paul Buzzard is the pastor. Joshua Potteiger is the Council President.
St. Michaels joins five other Berks County NALC churches.
NALC began 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 keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, we believe all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of Scripture. The NALC is a young Lutheran church for confessing Lutherans, faithful in its preaching and practice to the Holy Bible and to the teachings of the Lutheran Confessions.
Four core values shape their common life: Christ Centered, Mission Driven, Traditionally Grounded, and Congregationally Focused. They centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve their congregations.
Source: Berkshire mont