Our History

There are times in our lives when events are significant enough to spur us into action. Forces in society strive to change our perspective on what is considered acceptable and normal behavior. The 2009 Church wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, proved that even religious organizations are susceptible to these forces. Instead of resting on Holy Scripture as the authoritative source for the norms of life, the assembly rejected God’s word concerning sexuality. Non-celibate Gay and Lesbian persons may now be rostered and ordained as pastors. The ELCA continues to demonstrate it intends to follow a path that is moving away from Scriptural teachings. The crisis in the ELCA is not really about sexuality it is about the authority of God’s Word. Many of us decided we could no longer follow nor support the ELCA.

The first congregational vote to leave the ELCA took place on December 6, 2009, and passed. A
fter 8 months of informational meetings, meetings with the bishop, meetings with the council and other meetings, we held our second congregational meeting 
on April 25, 2010
to vote to leave the ELCA. The vote failed. That led a group of us to leave the comfortable social environment of our ELCA congregation, and to trust God to provide for our future. We had no idea where we were going but we knew we could not stay. We knew we had to continue to trust in the Lord. 
Jeremiah 29; 11-12, says, ”For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you."

Our journey into the "new world" has been quite a whirlwind tour, but God has led us every step of the way. There was a group of us--about 20 people--that met the same night the second vote failed. We bonded together--urgently desiring to get organized; fearing that we would be scattered. We chose an interim council to help with organizing our congregation. By the next day we had a place to worship; the Wesley United Methodist Church in Harvey opened their doors to us. 
The United Methodist Church congregation has been extremely accommodating to us, and we are so thankful to all of them.
Our first Sunday, May 2nd, had us questioning if anyone would come. We had secured Pastor Bob Nordvall from Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck to conduct our service. We hoped that we would get at lest 30 people to come to worship together. Little did we know how God was about to begin unfolding His plan for us. Sunday morning, May 2nd, people began to arrive--and just kept coming! We had 100 adults and children that first Sunday. It was a glorious day! We stood taller, we smiled larger, hugged harder, and sang louder. We praised God with song and lessons.  Our first worship was so aptly described by one of our youth as he spoke to his mother, "Wow Mom, everyone is so happy. This really does feel like church.” How much better can it be than that?

We received our status as
non-profit,
charitable organization
in May, 2010 and developed
our By Laws. God has been faithful to us and has led us in our organization process. How else could we have accomplished so much in such a short time?
 
We are on a challenging path set before us by God; we are a new congregation in Harvey North Dakota. Harvey is a small town where people are
watching us
and
talking about what we are doing. Some who do not understand the whole story wonder why we had to leave and start a new church. We have come very far in a very short time, all because God made it happen.
 
Now that we are an organized congregation in the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ), we have secured property for our worship and learning center, and are working on plans to design one that meets the needs of our ministry, outreach and missions. While we grow we continue to have many new adventures and challenged ahead of us; but we know that God will not send us anywhere His grace cannot take us. Faith Lutheran Church will continue in the classical Christian faith as it has been passed down to us by generations of Lutheran Christians, rooted in Scripture and the love of Jesus Christ.