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 Mission, Vision, and Values 

The mission of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is “to know, live, share Christ.”

In carrying out its mission St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church is guided by the following Vision & Values.

Our Vision
We aspire to be a spiritual home where through wholehearted hospitality, life-changing sacred practices, and grateful service, the Holy Spirit empowers us to share Christ’s love for the world.
Our Values
Wholehearted Hospitality: We warmly welcome and embrace all persons – without exception – offering them caring, compassionate conversations, hope and healing (Romans 12:12-13; Hebrews 13:2; Leviticus 19:33-34).

Life-Changing Sacred Practices: We meet Christ personally in the liturgy of Word and Sacrament, in the rites of anointing for healing and laying on of hands, by immersion in prayer, Scripture, devotional reading and study (Luke 24:28-32; Matthew 18:20). 

We support and deepen our relationship with Christ by engaging mind and heart in large and small group studies, focusing on discerning our individual gifts, and applying our gifts in our lives and vocations (Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-7; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18). 

Grateful Service: We demonstrate our love of Christ by compassionately providing for the needs of our local and global neighbors through our generous gifts of time, talent and treasure (John 13:34-35; Matthew 25:31-45).

Joyful Witness: We boldly tell the story of Christ’s love for the world, enthusiastically share our faith journeys, and openly invite others to walk with us even as we actively explore what it means to know, live and share Christ (Acts 4:31; John 7:37-28; Mark 5:19-20). 

To Know, Live, and Share Christ


St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, ELCA

610 31st Street SE | Cedar Rapids, IA 52403 | 319-364-2637 | ©2014