In 2011, Shepherd of the Hills voted to end its church affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), an “association of congregations who are free in Christ, accountable to one another and rooted in the scriptures and the Lutheran confessions.” For more information visit lcmc.net.
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church also partners with the LCMC Augustana District, “a district of congregations within LCMC who are free in Christ, accountable to one another and rooted in the scriptures and the Lutheran confessions.” For more information visit augustanadistrict.org.
Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is an association of congregations and individuals who are:
- free in Christ;
- accountable to one another;
- rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions
- working together to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
The church is fundamentally the people of God, the congregations are the authority, engaged in proclaiming the word and in doing missions for Christ. Although LCMC is not a denomination, congregations who are part of LCMC are accountable to one another and assist one another. LCMC is not organized in Synods. Congregations may choose to join one or more districts within the association that are geographical or interest based. Districts agree to be accountable to the body as a whole. Shepherd of the Hills is a member of the Augustana District.
The Augustana District is a non-geographic district in Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) emphasizing classic Lutheran theology and providing services to congregations and pastors. They are bound together by a Statement of Faith which rigorously binds us to the Holy Scriptures, the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles, and the other writings of the Book of Concord.