Augustana has been sharing the good news of Jesus Christ since 1907. Our story began on South Robert Street more than 100 years ago, and we continue to grow and change with each passing year. We are a friendly, caring, and generous faith community of more than 2,200 members in all stages of life.
We are a congregation of the Evangelical Church of America (ELCA) and the St. Paul Area Synod. We hold to the basic principles of Martin Luther’s theological teachings:
- We are not saved by our action. We are saved by grace through Jesus Christ.
- We act out of love for God and love for our neighbor.
- We trust God who promises us forgiveness and abundant life through Jesus Christ.
- The word of God revealed in the Bible is our norm for faith and life.
We encourage people of all ages to discover—through worship, prayer, lifelong learning, service to others, and giving—all that a personal relationship with Christ offers. At times, living a life of faith can be overwhelming. The highs and lows of life can be challenging. We don’t pretend to have all the answers. Rather, we encourage you to ask the hard questions, and together we will search for the answers through meaningful and respectful conversation.
We are deeply committed to caring for our members and providing spiritual care wherever it is needed. Our pastoral team make hospital visits and bring communion to homebound members. We strongly believe in the benefits of prayer and practice it daily. We pray for those who are hurting and we thank God for the blessings in our lives. The pastoral team considers it a great privilege to walk with you, whether you are joyfully celebrating a baby or marriage or experiencing a difficult life challenge.
With a rich tradition of generosity, we believe that all things come from a good and gracious God who is the source of all our ideas, energy, effort, and results. As part of our stewardship ministry, we share 20% of our member commitments with community mission partners working to address issues of poverty, homelessness, and hunger. In addition, we have global partnerships in Tanzania, Guatemala, and the Middle East.