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Our Beliefs

Like a rudder sets a course for a ship, what a church believes determines its direction and destination. At the core of our faith is the belief that Jesus Christ is the Savior, and that through His death our relationship with God is reconciled and we have new life. This belief about Jesus steers our actions as a church. We also believe Jesus continually calls his followers to seek to grow in their relationship with Him. Followers of Jesus share five characteristics of a vital faith:

  • Regular participation in worship.
  • Daily devotion and personal prayer.
  • Personal growth through Bible study and learning opportunities.
  • Financially supporting the Kingdom of God by tithing.
  • Sharing God’s love in mission and service to others.

Tierrasanta Lutheran Church of San Diego is currently affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

We Focus on Jesus Christ

Most likely you have sung that great church camp song, "I am the Church, you are the Church, 

we are the Church together; all who follow Jesus all around the world. Yes!  We are the Church together!" 

This wonderful children's song goes on to teach us that the Church isn't a building or a steeple, but the people. 

 "The Church it is the people, living out their lives, yes, we are the Church together!"

Our Mission: Sharing Christ’ Love, Serving God’s Children, Transforming Lives, and Making Disciples


Christ's Love

As followers of Jesus we are called to share the Good News of Christ's Love.  Our primary way of sharing this love is through worship. The word worship is derived from the old English word weorthscipe which means at its simplest, to give worth to something. When we gather together for worship as Tierrasanta Lutheran Church we give worth and meaning to our relationship with God. Our worship together is centered on the Word and the Sacraments.  It is in worship where we hear the story of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.  It is in worship where we receive Christ’s forgiveness through the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. It is in worship where our identity is formed as the people of God.  Worship is central to our life together as a church.




God's Children

Jesus spent His life helping others. Service is the heart of the Christian life.  The mature follower of Jesus stops asking, “who’s going to meet my needs?” and starts asking, “whose needs can I meet?” As a family of faith at Tierrasanta Lutheran Church we look for ways to serve our congregation and our community.




Jesus welcomed all people and as his followers we are committed to being a community that is welcoming and accepting. At the center of our congregation is a commitment to hospitality. Extending hospitality includes creating healthy relationships with one another.  At TLC many of our ministries center around the connectedness we share as a family of faith.  Sharing time together as brothers and sisters in Christ has always been one of the things we do best as a church.  As a congregation we also look to engage the Tierrasanta community and build relationships with our neighbors.  One of our foundational beliefs is that “all ministry is relational” and we encourage you to celebrate this core value of our congregation.




Our faith is always being formed. As Lutherans we hold central the theological theme of “justification by grace through faith.” We seek to learn more about our faith, centering on God's Word and learning more about our identity as Lutherans.  We seek to discover over and over again God’s love and God’s power to create faith in the Lord Jesus Christ We strive to provide a Biblical foundation for a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Opportunities are available for all ages as we all additional steps on our faith journey.


“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, 

and to give his life a ransom for many." 

Matthew 20:28