(1) Jesus Christ is the living Lord and
head of the Church, His Body in the world.
(2) Wherever the Word of God (the inerrant sacred Scriptures) is faithfully
proclaimed and the Sacraments rightly administered, there is the one,
holy, Christian, and apostolic Church.
(3) We believe that through these Means of Grace the Spirit of God produces
His fruit, bestows His gifts, and unites the whole Christian Church on
earth with Jesus Christ.
(4) This proclamation and the Holy Spirit's activity, rather than organizational
union, constitute the true unity of His Church. We believe that this
true Church eagerly identifies such unity and promotes and rejoices in
fellowship and cooperation with all members of Christ's Body everywhere.
Section l. Witness to Christian Faith
The American Association of Lutheran Churches, a fellowship of congregations
to which the Gospel of reconciliation has been given, seeks to focus
and coordinate the purposes and resources of these Congregations to the
end that the Triune God may be more fully known among men through a faithful
ministry of God's Word and the Sacraments. The American Association of
Lutheran Churches dedicates itself to bear witness to the eternal Gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ in its fullness and purity, and to preserve
and extend the unity of that faith as revealed in God's Holy Word.
Section 2. Proclamation and Propagation
Through the Means of Grace, the American Association of Lutheran Churches
specifically purposes to proclaim and propagate this eternal Gospel to
the lost and weary of this world and to provide for daily renewal and
sanctification of the members of its congregations.
Section 3. Agenda
(l) Establish congregations and missions on the North American continent
and throughout the world as centers for the proclamation of God's Word
and proper administration of the Sacraments, Christian evangelism, ministries
of outreach and mercy, and Christian fellowship and growth.
(2) Train, certify, and discipline an ordained ministry for the administration
of the Means of Grace
(3) Assist the congregations in the nurture of the children, youth,
and adults in the covenant of their Baptism that they may grow in the
knowledge of Jesus Christ and in their life of loving and obedient faith
(4) Provide theological and parish education and ministry to those involved
in higher education.
(5) Study the problems of contemporary life and society in the light
provided by the sacred Scriptures in order to bring to bear a Christian
understanding of human nature, Law and Gospel, and Dr. Martin Luther's
insight concerning the two kingdoms in order to enter effectively into
society and government to help in dealing justly and mercifully with
(6) Develop, produce, and broadcast programs to communicate the Gospel
using various communication media such as radio, television, audio and
video tapes, motion pictures, etc.
(7) Establish pension, medical, and disability plans in order to provide
assistance for the pastors, eligible laity, and their families.
(8) Establish and maintain cooperative relationships and support with
other churches, groups of churches, and independent movements, who are
in doctrinal agreement, to effectively minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ
to the whole world.