The Four Core Values of the NALC – North American Lutheran Church


Are you searching for a new church in Asheville or exploring Christianity? Would you like to learn more about the NALC and the core values that encompass it? If you visit Trinity Lutheran Church in Fletcher, NC, our warm and welcoming congregation and church leaders will greet you and help you to learn more about the church. The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) is a Christian church with a Lutheran tradition. There are four core values for NALC, and refers to them on their website:

"The NALC has embraced four core values which shape our common life: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally-Grounded, and Congregationally-Focused. We are a church centered on the unique Gospel of Jesus Christ, animated by missions and evangelism, grounded in the 2,000-year tradition of Christian faith, and organized chiefly to serve our congregations.

A renewed Lutheran community moving forward in faith, the NALC is focused on living out Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples in North America and around the globe.”

Christ-centered Church in Fletcher

As a Christ-centered church, we believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. Trinity stands for God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the true word of God. The NALC value of being Christ-centered is described below:

We confess the apostolic faith in Jesus Christ according to the Holy Scriptures. We affirm the authority of the Scriptures as the authoritative source and norm, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged” (Formula of Concord). We accept the ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran Confessions as true witnesses to the Word of God.”

At Trinity Lutheran Church, we follow the scriptures and share the Gospel to educate our congregation and confirm and grow our relationship with God in Jesus Christ.

Mission-Driven: North American Lutheran Church

Missions are important to us, and we like to do good things for the community and the world:

We believe that the mission of the Church is to preach the Gospel and to make disciples for Christ. We believe that making disciples — in our congregations, in our communities and nations, and around the world — must be a priority of the Church in the present age.”

Some of the short-term mission opportunities include China Service Ventures, East European Mission Network and Friends of Madagascar Mission. Planting and nurturing new missions occurs on a regular basis at our church.


Following the Bible and engaging in prayer help to guide our faith and increase our stewardship with God:

We affirm the ecumenical creeds and the faithful witness of the Church across time and space. We endorse the form and practices of the universal Church that are consistent with Scripture, particularly the office of the ministry and the tradition of worship under Word and Sacrament. We seek dialogue and fellowship with other Lutheran churches and with faithful Christians of other confessions.”

At Trinity Lutheran Church, we use the Scripture to share the Gospel.

Congregationally-Focused Lutheran Church

Our congregation is central to organizing missions and ministries within the Lutheran church:

We strive to be a church that is organized to facilitate the ministries of local congregations in a posture of servant-hood and a spirit of partnership, through the provision of resources, connections and information.”

Visit our church today to learn more about our growing congregation, ministry and mission opportunities and upcoming events. We are an easy drive from Asheville, Weaverville, Candler, Canton, Waynesville and Black Mountain. Contact Trinity Lutheran Church in Fletcher at (828) 513-4068 for more information.

(Source: NALC,,2014)