Who are the Lutherans?

The Lutherans are a Christian Church that began as a movement within Western European Catholicism. Lutherans owe their origin to the teaching and leadership of Martin Luther, a German theologian, who began the movement for reform in the Church in 1517. This movement led to the split between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

Lutherans are the first of the Protestant churches to appear. Lutherans originally were found mostly in northern Europe, Germany and Scandinavia in particular. They now can be found around the world. In the U.S. Lutherans form roughly three different denominations, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) being the largest.

Lutherans emphasize faith alone in Jesus Christ and his saving work as the way to salvation. Lutherans also hold to the Reformation standard of Holy Scripture, the Bible, as the sole norm for faith and practice. Lutherans have retained a modified traditional, liturgical form of worship that emphasizes both preaching and liturgy. The basic teachings of Lutherans are found in Luther’s catechisms and the Augsburg Confession. These documents are summaries of what Lutherans consider the heart of the Christian faith.

Thank you to the Rev. Bob Hart