What Kind of Church is Northgate Church?
Generally speaking, "denominational-ism" is dying in the church in North America, and that’s a good thing. Walls are being torn down, and people are being reached with the one gospel of Jesus. Yet, every now and then, someone will ask me, “What is Northgate’s affiliation?” The truth is, we now have three. Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC)
While Northgate basically functions as an “independent” church, we are rooted in the Lutheran tradition. We identify with the renewal movement begun in the 16th century during the Lutheran reformation. We teach the themes of grace through faith alone, scripture alone, and Christ alone. And, we believe the Bible is God’s revealed Word to us, spoken in law and gospel.
We freely affiliate with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ which is an association of over 800 congregations who are: free in Christ; accountable to one another; rooted in the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions; and working together to fulfill Christ's Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations.
While Lutheranism is certainly part of our DNA, people from all Christian traditions and experiences find a home at Northgate, whether Lutheran or not. After all, we're not trying to make Lutherans, just followers of Christ.
The Alliance of Renewal Churches (ARC)
At Northgate, we teach that the Holy Spirit’s supernatural gifts are available and operative today for all Christians, just as they were 2,000 years ago. We believe that the Holy Spirit dwells in every Christ-follower and is a constant helper, teacher, and guide for daily life.
Our newest affiliation with the Alliance of Renewal Churches (ARC) helps foster that very Spirit in people at Northgate. The ARC is a decentralized, interdependent group of churches that work together for the common cause of advancing the kingdom of God. These churches, like Northgate, have caught the wind of the Spirit and are being carried along by the empowering presence of God.
Willow Creek Association (WCA)
Founded in 1992, Willow Creek Association (WCA) is a not-for-profit Christian organization of 7,000 churches from 90 denominations that exists to maximize the transformative power of the local church. Their vision is to see every local church reach its full redemptive potential—becoming an unbridled conduit for the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In short, they provide vision, inspiration, connection, tools, training, resources, and venues for churches like Northgate to learn from and support one another.
These organizations and affiliations help define and resource Northgate Church as we go about our mission. At Northgate, we are passionate about helping people become who God purposed them to be!