St. James is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
St. James is part of the NC Synod-ELCA. The NC Synod has 199 congregations, over 56,000 baptized members, 440 rostered leaders and 9 agencies.
The agencies include Agape/Kure Beach Ministries, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Lutheran Services of the Carolinas, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, and Novus Way Ministries (Lutheridge, Lutherock, Luther Springs, Lutheranch.)
Lutherans are Protestant Christians, who stress that it is through God’s grace that those who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are brought into right relationship with God. We call that being justified by grace, through faith.
This faith empowers us to freely express love to our neighbors—not to win God’s salvation—but in thanks and praise to God who loves us unconditionally and eternally.
St. James is a house of prayer where all people can come to know the compassionate heart of Jesus. We are a community of Christians where you can belong before you believe. At St. James, the beauty of ancient worship and traditional spiritual practices transforms contemporary lives. Join us as together we discover the sacred in the heart of the city. Our worship includes ancient and contemporary symbols and practices along with preaching and music to inspire you to follow Jesus in your daily life. We welcome both the spiritual seeker and seasoned disciple to find their home in God with us. If you are looking for a spiritual home or just exploring the life of faith, we hope you will walk with us on that journey of discovery.
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