NavyPro, rnDo pay close attention to the national governing body of any church that you may have interest in. Sad to say, but the ELCA has gone the way of the United Methodist and the Episcopalian church bodies in North America. They follow a Social Doctrine, not a Biblical Doctrine. Historical Lutheran theology holds the the Holy Bible is the Inspired, Inerrant, and Complete Word of God. Add nothing to it, take nothing from it. Interperet the Holy Bible with the Holy Bible. So, to become a member of a Lutheran church, you will be taught what we believe and the biblical basis for that belief. A great resource is; http://www.kretzmannproject.org/home.htm This is a biblical commentary written in the 1920's and will explain the text of the Holy Bible by showing a literal understanding as "proofed" by other biblical references. rn rnI was born and raised Lutheran, LCA (now defunct) and LC-MS. Wandered off into the RCC for 10 years, and then into Calvinism for 4 years. You KNOW you are home when you get there, and I'm back in a great conservative LC-MS congregation. Individual congregations matter. Visit several in both WELS and LC-MS. Find a dynamic congregation with a good pastor. Congregations last longer than the term of a pastor. Does he preach bread, or meat? We want bread, but meat we need. rn rnI hope this helps, and I pray that you find the truth and grace of God on your journey. rn rnMax
I was born and raised a Roman Catholic. Converted to Lutheranism (LCMS) in 1997. Basically I attended an adult information class that lasted about 12 weeks. The class was VERY interesting and informative. At the end of the class I was given the opportunity to join the church and did so.