We are a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and part of the Montana Synod. We are an inviting Christian community where everyone feels like family and the church feels like home. We welcome questions and explore what spirituality means to each of us; we follow our curiosities to continue to learn and grow. Our church is a place of shared values, where we walk the journey of life together, celebrating joys and struggles. We are a community of people searching, serving, and living in the grace of God. We are people of faith who trust God’s promises made known to us in the scriptures and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and we live in thankfulness of God’s abundant grace.
We worship each week to rejoice in the God’s grace that is freely given to us, to renew our faith and fill our cups, to remind us about what’s most important in our lives (our relationship of love with God and one another), and to connect with a community of like-mind people as we support one another and grow in our faith and understanding.
We open up our building to house and support the collaboration of local nonprofits and organizations. As a result, our building is buzzing with activity and has become a center for action and inspiration. Currently we are home to five other organizations above and beyond the activity from other groups who we are happy can utilize our facilities on a regular basis.
We’re passionate about serving our neighbors, and approximately 20% of all gifts received are given back to serve others locally and around the world. We contribute to many important ministries (many more than we can possibly list here), and 10% of all giving is tithed back to our Synod and the ELCA for supporting ministries, collaborations, and missions around the world. A few of the organizations we contribute to include Family Promise, Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran World Relief, the Missoula Food Bank, Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, and Emmaus Campus Ministry. To read more about where contributions are distributed, visit our page about giving.
We actively strive to care for God’s creation through conservation and education. We’re blessed that we’ve been able to retrofit our facilities to all LEDs, and we’re currently working towards installing a 26.2 kW array of solar panels. We collaborate with Emmaus Campus Ministry’s Faith and Climate Action initiative and have our own “Green Team” who heads up our efforts in the areas of facility modifications and education. Read more about Creation Care at St. Paul or sign up to join our Green Team.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations and the largest Lutheran denomination in the US. The ELCA affirms that “together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly, and serve joyfully.” The ELCA believes in forgiveness and reconciliation; dignity, compassion, and justice for all; inclusion and diversity; openness to change; and the faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts. Read more about these values here.