God calls the ELCJHL to proclaim the Gospel and minister to Arabs, especially Palestinians, within the difficult political and societal context of the Holy Land. Our proclamation of the message of salvation is expressed both through witnessing to the Kingdom of God – the ministry of the Word – and through diakonia – the ministry of active service.
Although the ELCJHL is a minority church, consisting of just a few thousand members, we do not have a minority complex. Rather, we envision ourselves as “Salt for the Earth,” as God calls us to be in the Gospel of Matthew. Just as a little bit of salt adds immense flavor to food, so too do we contribute in many positive ways to our society.
For this reason, we facilitate both congregational and educational ministries, designed to serve not only our members but also the society at large. Through these ministries, we work towards a future that is more just, more peaceful, and more reflective of the Kingdom of God.
The ELCJHL is called to serve the marginalized, the elderly, those who suffer or are traumatized, and all who are in need – regardless of race, gender, or political affiliation. The ELCJHL empowers youth, women, men, and children, encouraging all our baptized members to be the people of God in service and witness.
Furthermore, the ELCJHL is called to be a catalyst for a just peace, working as bridge builders among the nations. We seek to be brokers of justice, ministers of reconciliation, and apostles of love.
The ELCJHL’s identity is shaped by our calling by God and by our relationships with others. We are the local expression of the Lutheran communion worldwide. We work in partnership and companionship with other Lutherans who have visited the Holy Land and with Lutheran Churches and agencies throughout the world.
The ELCJHL also ministers in partnership with the other 12 Christian Churches of the Holy Land. Together, we promote unity, witness to God’s saving grace, and seek to speak with a prophetic voice against any kind of injustice or violation of human rights. As a communion of Christian Churches, we together seek to live and witness within a majority Muslim world and to create a paradigm of Christian-Muslim relations. We seek also to live with Jews in a just and equitable coexistence.
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