Who We're Connected To

Shepherd of the Cross is proud to be connected to the broader church.  As a congregation who has reaped the benefits of being a part of the larger church, Shepherd strives to enhance its relationship with both its denomination and with its ecumenical partners. Here’s a few people that we’re intimately connected with:


The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) elca logotext

The ELCA churchwide organization is the larger body of which Shepherd of the Cross is apart. However, the ELCA is not “above” congregations, but works side-by-side congregations as we engage together in the entire body of Christ.


The mission of the ELCA is best summarized in its mission statement: Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. Core to the ELCA is the belief that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor. With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus’ name throughout the world. For more information about the ELCA, check out elca.org


The Southeastern Iowa Synod

Within the ELCA there are 65 synods.  In Greek, “synod” means “walking together.”  Shepherd of the Cross belongs to the Southeastern Iowa Synod, where over 100 congregations walk together.  Because of our connection to the synod, we’re able to pursue God’s mission in larger ways than within our individual congregations.  For more information about the Southeastern Iowa Synod, check out seiasynod.org


Companion Synod: The Pare Diocese of Tanzania

As a part of the Southeastern Iowa synod, we have partnered with Pare Dioceses of Tanzania.  The aim of our relationship is to mutually walk together, learning from one another, and sharing the Gospel in our local contexts.  Shepherd of the Cross has sent members to Tanzania in the past to learn from the Pare Diocese, and continues to uphold our brothers and sisters in Tanzania in prayer.


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