GENERAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, INC.
God forbid that I should limit the time of acquiring faith to the present life. In the depth of the Divine mercy, there may be an opportunity to win it in the future
Martin Luther, 1522

The General Lutheran Church, Inc.
The Rev. Dr. James W. Clifton
General Minister
Post Office Box 237
Millersburg, Indiana 46543
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The Rev. Dr. (cand.)  Nicole Aimiee Macaluso Collins 
National Pastor


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The Rev. Dr. Enrique Ramos
International Coordinator
Resident Theologian

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The Rev. Donna Kay Clifton
Recording Clerk
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GOVERNMENT

Until its incorporation, the Church was loosely organized and governed by its founding members. After incorporation, the descendants of the Evangelical Lutheran General Synod asked The Rev. Dr. James Walter Clifton, who was born in Germany and baptized into the Evangelische Kirche de Deutschland  (the Lutheran Church in Germany), to become its General Minister. Upon approval by the Church, Dr. Clifton was installed as General Minister with The Rev. Nicole Aimiee Macaluso Collins appointed National Pastor.

The General Leadership is the governing body of the Church and consists of the General Minister
, the National Pastor, the International Coordinator, and the Recording Clerk with final authority on all matters belonging to the office of the General Minister.

As a "free church" denomination, our churches are congregationally-governed and the only role the National Leadership has is that of advising and recommending with one exception: Holy Ordination. All ordinations must be approved by the Credentials Committee. All candidates for ordination must provide results of a comprehensive background check at their own expense.

Credentials will be issued by the Credentials Committee which maintains a list of rostered clergy who not only serve in General Lutheran congregations but also congregations in other denominations. We also appreciate the importance and history of groups of Christians gathering regularly for worship and fellowship in non-traditional settings.


SOCIAL POLICY


The General Lutheran Church opposes same-sex marriage; the ordination of practicing gays and lesbians; and, abortions not medically necessary. However, General Lutherans are strongly admonished against engaging in abusive or malicious behaviors towards the gay and lesbian community, all immigrants, and those who have made the difficult decision to have an abortion. 

As Lutherans, we follow the teaching and example of Jesus Christ who demonstrated agape love and compassion to those marginalized by society and religion as portrayed in the stories of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Woman at the Well, and the Pericope de Adultera.

The General Lutheran Church condemns racism, homophobia, xenophobia, sexism, and all other types of hate and discrimination at all levels. Although we oppose same-sex marriage theologically, some General Lutherans support the rights of gays and lesbians to marry in a free society.




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