Purpose & Values
Our logo has layered meaning
– An upward arrow, in Northwest Blue, represents a diverse community coming together to be with God and with each other.
– A downward arrow, in Passion Red, represents the Gospel, that is, God coming to be with us.
– The middle of the cross, in Dark Brick, represents the Hope that is found when we join together, and God is with us.
– The shape overall is taken from the cross pattern in our Sanctuary, points to the legacy of Emmanuel in Tacoma, as well as to the Cross where Hope is found.
To provide an inclusive place of worship where His people live and demonstrate their faith through service and hope.
Our 7 Core Values
We believe the Bible is infallible and is the Word of God. It is alive and active, and must be studied in its correct context to be fully understood.
We assert that it is through faith in Jesus Christ alone, and his death and resurrection, that we are saved. This is a gift from God, and not from ourselves.
We value prayer because we believe communication with God is essential in order to build a relationship with Him. Through prayer, our deepest desires are made known to God, and He inclines His ear to hear us.
Building community allows us to grow in our faith with one another. We are all members of the Body of Christ. No one part is greater than the other, and we all have a specific role.
We know God has been so generous to us, in turn we should be generous towards Him and others with our time, talents, and resources.
Every leader must be a servant first. Jesus was the ultimate servant leader in dying for our sins, so there is no job beneath us.
How we submit to authority shows the level at which we are capable of leading. In order to honor God, we must honor our leaders.
We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in him.
Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.
The proclamation of God's message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself.
The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.
We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.
We accept the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.
We believe, teach, and accept the Unaltered Augsburg Confession and the Small Catechism as true witnesses to the Word of God, normative for our teaching and practice. We acknowledge that we are one in faith and doctrine with all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.
We believe, teach, and confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, the Treatise, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid expositions of the Holy Scriptures.
We believe, teach, and confess the gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God's mission in the world.