Mission Statement

Shaped by the grace of God, Gloria Dei's mission on Market is to be the community of Christ for all people.

We the people of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church define our mission based on the following principles:

  • to celebrate salvation by grace through faith
  • to be a welcoming and nurturing community for all
  • to stand for justice and peace
  • to be good stewards of our natural environment
  • to serve and involve the University of Iowa community
We are focused on:

Diversity and Inclusivity.​  ​In a world that draws lines and builds walls, we believe we are called to be a community where lines are erased and walls are bridged.  Our desire is to keep growing a church where diversity is both celebrated and evident.  Some of the areas in which we seek to be more inclusive and diverse include age (with a specific desire to reach more effectively to young adults and children), race, income levels, culture, marital status, and sexual orientation.

Visibly Inviting and Welcoming.​ ​(i.e., outreach and hospitality).  Many who come to
Gloria Dei say they experience such a gracious welcome when they get here.  We believe we are called more actively and visibly to extend our invitations and our welcome to those who are not here.

God’s Work Our Hands.​ We believe we are called to be generous stewards of our time, talents and resources in order to make a difference for good in the community and in the world.  There is much in this area we do already.  We believe we are gifted and called to do more.

God’s Work Our Voice.​ (i.e., evangelism). We believe we are called to grow the ways in which we make known and speak of our God of grace in a world in which so very many who claim to be “speaking for God” are doing do with such lack of grace.

Culinary Ministries.​  We have a strong tradition of being the church around food!  With our new kitchen, we believe we are called to support and grow the number of ways in which that facility is not simply a “kitchen,” but a center for ministry.

Ministry with and for the University of Iowa community. ​ Both as a congregation,
and also in a growing and strong partnership with Lutheran Campus Ministry and other congregations, we want to support and be faith partners with the young adults of the University of Iowa community. We believe we are richly blessed to be a blessing to them.  We believe they are richly blessed to be a blessing to us – and to the world with us.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Fall, 2016


Gathered by Grace, Scattered for Service

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