Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, gathered and empowered by the Spirit to be servants of God.

What We Believe

The Disciples of the Plains Lutheran Ministry is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). To learn about our extended congregation and view a summary of our religious beliefs please visit ELCA.org

Four-Point Parish

On Sunday, October 26, 2014, four Lutheran (ELCA) congregations in Phillips and Smith counties celebrated the culmination of a three year process which resulted in the formation of a four-point parish called Disciples of the Plains Lutheran Ministry.

Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran in Stuttgart, Zion Lutheran in Phillipsburg, St. John Lutheran in Kensington and American Lutheran in Smith Center signed a covenant agreement to share certain aspects of their ministries, including pastoral staff. Each congregation retains its individual identity and its own governing board but in addition they will be a part the larger entity. The parish is governed by a council consisting of 2 members from each congregation who will oversee the work of the pastoral staff and any other aspects of ministry shared by the four congregations. Disciples of the Plains Lutheran Ministry plans to develop shared ministry events and to collaborate in mission and outreach ministries. The four congregations will share two pastors who will work as a team to meet the needs of the members and lead the parish into a new and exciting future.

These four congregations are building on their conviction that all who trust in Jesus Christ are formed by the Holy Spirit to be the Body of Christ in the world. They have come to believe that they can be more effective in ministry together than each one could be alone.