What We Believe

Welcoming Statement

As a community of faith, the members of Clairemont Lutheran Church / Iglesia Luterana are called to include all people seeking a relationship with Jesus, regardless of age, economic status, ethnic background, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, immigration status or marital status. We gather as one congregation, worshiping in two languages, celebrating many cultures. We affirm that in Christ “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female.” (Galatians 3:28)

Our Beliefs

Jesus and Salvation

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. Salvation is not by our own works, but by the grace of God. This promise of salvation is freely given to all who believe.

The Bible and the Foundations of our Faith

We believe that the bible is the inspired word of God, and that Jesus Christ is the word of God made flesh.

The components of our faith are also expressed in the Lutheran Confessions and the ancient creeds of the Christian church, such as the Apostle's Creed and the Nicene Creed.

The Trinity and the Eternal Kingdom

We believe in the trinity: God is the Father (creator), Son (redeemer) and the Holy Spirit (sustainer), equal in glory and majesty, altogether one God who lives and reigns forever.

The Sacraments

We observe two Sacraments as instructed by Jesus, whereby forgiveness of sins is received, and Christian community is forged.  

The first sacrament is that of Holy Baptism, an outward sign of an inward grace. We come to baptism to accept God's promises for our lives, and in doing so, become members of Christ's holy church. Because we believe that it is God at work in this sacrament, rather than human will, we baptize persons of all ages.  

The second sacrament is Holy Communion, often called "The Lord's Supper," where we recall the acts of Jesus in the upper room during the Jewish Passover celebration. We observe this sacrament every Sunday, and invite all persons, regardless of church membership, to participate. Along with wine, we also offer grape juice for those who prefer. Gluten free bread is also available. We believe that Jesus Christ is truly present in both the bread and the cup, and that when we partake of this meal, we receive the real presence of Christ.

Leadership in Ministry

We believe in the priesthood of all believers, that all are capable of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We also believe that both men and women are called to leadership in the church, and that no role is exclusive to a specific gender. As such, both men and women preach and teach in our church, and we have also called and trained a number of women to be pastors. 

Church Governance and Affiliations

Our congregation is led by our ministers and our church council. The council is made up of elected leaders who are members of the congregation, who govern according to the congregation's bylaws.

We are a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a church body that covers the United States and the Caribbean, and are assigned to the Pacifica Synod. A synod is a regional association of churches within the denomination, similar to what other Christian groups call a district or diocese. Each synod is led by a bishop and a council of elected leaders.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is in fellowship with The Episcopal Church, The United Methodist Church, Presbyterian Church (USA), United Church of Christ, Reformed Church in America and The Moravian Church. We are also united with other national church bodies around the globe through the Lutheran World Federation.

Locally, our congregation seeks ways to be united in mission with other Christian congregations of various backgrounds.