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Our Mission

Through Christ, we courageously love.

Bethany Lutheran Church is one of 145 congregations in the Northeastern Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  


The mission of the ELCA:

"Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world." 


As members of the ELCA, we believe 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.


Picture by Rich Anderson

Our Bishop, Thomas Aitken, has an office in Duluth, but travels throughout the synod encouraging congregations, like here when he visited Bethany for Pastor Lisa's installation in December 2015.


Picture by Rich Anderson