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E.L.C.K Background

Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK)is the church that was born out of the Swedish Lutheran Mission in 1948 under the name Swedish Lutheran Mission (SLM). In 1963, the name of the church was changed and registered as the Lutheran Church of Kenya (LCK)> In 1973, the name of the Church was changed to (ELCK) with three districts, namely North Kisii, south Kisii and Nyanza.In 1996, the church adopted the Episcopal polity of the church and the first Bishop of the ELCK was elected. In 2002, the church was restructured into Dioceses,forming the Central, Lake,South-west and North-west Dioceses. The first Arch-Bishop of the ELCK was elected the same year under the title, Presiding Bishop and each Diocese elected a Diocesan Bishop.

THE CHURCH DOCTRINE

  1. This church believes,confesses and teaches that the Holy Scriptures continued in the thirty nine(39) canonical books of the Old Testament and the twenty seven(27) canonical books of the New Testament are the inspired Word of God and the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.
  2. This church professes the Christian doctrine and belief that is founded on the Holy Scriptures,which belief is comprised in each and all of the ecumenical creeds,viz.the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed and the Athanasian Creed,and is also expressed in the Unaltered Augsburg Confession of 1530 as well as in Martin Luther’s large and Small Catechisms and the other symbolical books of the Lutheran Church.

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