The basis of the work of the Mission Diocese are its member congregations (of which there were 32 in February 2016). The congregations share the one Lutheran faith. They gather regularly in liturgical worship around Christ’s Word and Sacraments. Each congregation has its own called and ordained pastor. To a large extent, their practical life rests on the work of lay volunteers.
The congregations are formed in such a way that they have a name, a membership and a constitution. Whereas the ELCF has a strict parochial form of membership, membership of our congregations is elective and personal, such that membership is based on personal choice rather than a member’s geographical place of abode. Both those who are members of the ELCF and those who are not may be members of the congregations.