Apostolic Renovation Casa de Dios
Christ Lutheran entered into an agreement with Apostolic Renovation Casa de Dios, referred to as Casa de Dios, a Pentecostal Hispanic church in 2015 to share our campus facilities in the preaching of God's Word and in community ministries.
Casa was founded in August of 2013 as an independent worship and study fellowship under the guidance of Dr. Adan Dardon. Casa serves the needs of the Lakeside Hispanic community. Since 2015, we have enjoyed a very successful partnership in our respective ministries.
Casa de Dios conducts worship services in Spanish on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 and Bible study on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.
We also share mutually complimentary second language training on Tuesday evenings. Members of Christ Lutheran conduct English as a second language classes and Casa members conduct Spanish as a second language classes.
Casa also conducts a Virginia Bible Law University on the second Saturday of each month. This state-accredited program is designed to train future leaders for the Richmond Hispanic community.
Christ Lutheran is a member of the local LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic, United Methodist) Conference, participating in many events and worship services with the LARCUM churches.
ELCA Full Communion Partners
What is Full Communion?
Full communion is when two denominations develop a relationship based on a common confessing of the Christian faith and a mutual recognition of Baptism and sharing of the Lord’s Supper. This does not mean the two denominations merge; rather, in reaching agreements, denominations also respect differences. These denominations worship together, may exchange clergy and also share a commitment to evangelism, witness and service in the world. Each entity agrees that even with differences, there is nothing that is church-dividing.
Characteristics of Full Communion for the ELCA are full communion with theological and missiological implications of the gospel that allow variety and flexibility. These characteristics stress that the church act ecumenically for the sake of the world, not for itself alone. They will include at least the following, some of which exist at earlier stages:
Common confessing of the Christian faith
Mutual recognition of Baptism and a sharing of the Lord's Supper, allowing for joint worship and an exchangeability of members
Mutual recognition and availability of ordained ministers to the service of all, subject to the disciplinary regulations of other denominations
Common commitment to evangelism, witness and service
Means of common decision-making on critical common issues of faith and life
Mutual lifting of any condemnations that exist between denominations
Full Communion Partners Are:
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Reformed Church in America
United Church of Christ
The Episcopal Church
The Moravian Church
United Methodist Church
"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household." ~ Ephesians 2:19