Empowering — Equipping — Sending
General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches
Water baptism identifies us with the death and burial of Christ and that we should arise to walk in newness of life.(Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 8:26-40) In baptism we are identified with Christ whether by immersion, sprinkling, dunking, or pouring where water is provided for such service.Baptism may be by immersion or pouring or sprinkling if water is not available for immersion.
Ordination into Christian service is for men and woman who have experienced salvation through faith in Christ Jesus and who are called by Christ through the Holy Spirit to serve Him in ministry. We believe that God has set aside particular individuals for service and that ordination is man’s recognition of what God Himself has already done. Men and women may serve as co laborers with Christ in the harvest fields. Men and women may serve as deacons, overseers, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelist as examples of all of these can be found in scripture concerning both male and female. From the beginning authority was given to both male and female. In Christ there is neither male nor female, Gentile or Jew, but all are children and servants of God. All are called as a royal priesthood.All levels of leadership are open to spirit led men and women of God.
The Lutheran Evangelical Protestant Church follows the Bible in all matters of faith including the issue of homosexuality. We will not knowingly ordain any practicing homosexual to the Christian ministry. Our belief is that this should not be an issue causing division and debate within the Church at large, as Holy Scripture already settles the debate. We believe that according to scripture homosexuality is a sin. I Corin. 6:9-11, Lev. 18:22, Romans 1:21-32.Our Christian faith and our love of Christ calls upon us to to love the sinner but hate the sin. This we endeavor to do. Our clergy will continue to minister to all people,following the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. It is a vow made before God that the two (male and female) shall become one. The General Conference of Evangelical Protestant Churches, LEPC and EPC, does not perform same sex unions or bless same sex couples.
Abortion is the willful taking of innocent human life. Human life begins at conception because there is simply no other point that it can begin. Therefore, abortion is not acceptable under any circumstance except in the rare and unusual instance where the life of the mother is at real risk. In this sorrowful and serious time only can an abortion be considered.
The Jewish people are God's chosen people. Believers should bless them as scripture says that God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel. The LEPC/EPC/GCEPC recant and renounce the works and words of Martin Luther concerning the Jewish people. Prayer is offered for the healing of the Jewish people, their peace and their prosperity. Prayer is offered for the peace of Jerusalem.With deep sorrow and regret repentance is offered to the Jewish People for the harm that Martin Luther caused and any contribution to their harm. Forgiveness is requested of the Jewish People for these actions.The Gospel is to the Jew first and then the Gentile. Gentiles (believers in Christ other than Jews) have been grafted into the vine. In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile but the Lord's desire is that there be one new man from the two for Christ broke down the wall of separation with His own body (Ephesians 2:14-15).The LEPC/EPC/GCEPC blesses Israel and the Jewish people. Prayers are offered for the Middle East and for the salvation and peace of the Arab world.
At the GCEPC, LEPC and EPC, we admonish and encourage "In the essentials unity, in the non-essentials liberty, and in all things charity." We share the essentials with our many Christian sisters and brothers and this is necessary to our faith and belief in Jesus Christ for salvation. Many schisms have come in the Body of Christ because of conflicts and disagreements over "non-essentials." In the non-essentials we offer liberty for where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. In all things we offer charity and blessing. We are here to assist, to labor along side in the work of Our Lord Jesus Christ as we all long for His second coming. The Lord Jesus Himself first announced his salvation to us which we cannot neglect and God added His witness through signs, wonders, and the distribution of the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to his will. (Hebrews 2:1-4) The Lord Jesus is the head of his Church.There are many parts but one Body. Each part of the Body of Christ has been given an assignment from the Lord to fulfill until His coming. We endeavor to complete this work in the spirit of unity and in the bonds of peace.
"I (Paul), therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all." Ephesians 4:1-6
Incidents of sexual abuse will be reported to civil authorities. Ministers known to be perpetrators will not be reassigned nor will known perpetrators be allowed to continue in ministry with the LEPC/GCEPC.
- Rev. Dr. Francesco Reale
- Rev. Dr. Fred Macharia
- Rev. Dr. Michael Norton
- Rev. Dr. Harvey Menden
- Rev. Dr. Ralf Muller
Synod Region Bishops
- Rev. Dr. David Church
- Rev. Dennis Overlein
- Rev. Dr. William Dorn
- Rev. Dr. Israel Ikpeka
- Rev. Jessica Johnston Executive Bishop/Vice President
- Rev. Dr. David Church, Director of Missions
- Rev, Ralf Muller, Rev. Patrick Pierce, Ecumenical Affairs
- Office of Chaplaincy, Director of Chaplaincy