Cross of Glory Lutheran Church   ELCA
5929 Brooklyn Boulevard                     Phone: 763-533-8602
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429


Cross of Glory Lutheran Church was formed in 1956 when Brooklyn Center boomed into a bustling community of young families and new businesses.  Many of our charter members continue to be active within our church family; however, much has changed in the way of community demographics and our church membership.  Our members and visitors now reflect the rich cultural diversity that currently makes up our local neighborhood and the surrounding communities. 

Mission Statement

Welcoming all people to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Guiding Principles

    Welcome all people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church.
    Celebrate a life in Christ.
    Nurture faithful lives into Christ-like maturity.
    Serve with the love and compassion of God.

Vision Statement

God called this congregation to welcome, celebrate, grow and serve in the glory of the Cross. And, while Cross of Glory's mission has remained the same for over a half-century, the strategies and tactics we use to accomplish that mission continually undergo prayerful evaluation and revision. With eyes set to the future, grounded in the Great Commandment and Commission, and blessed with the rich resources of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this congregation looks to be a welcoming, diverse, and growing faith community where people experience the love of Jesus Christ in worship, small groups and other personal trusted relationships, and where all are equipped to serve as ministers in the Church and participants in God's work in our homes, the local community and beyond.

What does it mean to be a Lutheran?

Lutherans are Christians who accept the teachings of Martin Luther (1483 – 1546). Luther was a German theologian who realized that there were significant differences between what he read in the Bible and the practices of the Roman Catholic church at that time. On October 31, 1517, he posted a challenge on the door of Wittenberg University, titled “95 Theses” (to debate 95 theological issues). His hope was that the church would reform its practice and preaching to be more consistent with the Word of God as contained in the Bible.

What started as an academic debate escalated into a distinct separation between the Roman Catholic church of the time and those who accepted Luther’s suggested reforms. "Lutheran" became the name of the group that agreed with Luther’s convictions.

Today Lutherans celebrate the Reformation on October 31 and still hold to the basic principles of Luther’s theological teachings, such as Grace alone, faith alone, Scripture alone. These comprise the very essence of Lutheranism:

  • We are saved by the grace of God alone -- not by anything we do;
  • Our salvation is through faith alone -- a confident trust in God, who in Christ promises us forgiveness, life and salvation; and
  • The Bible is the norm for faith and life -- the true standard by which teachings and doctrines are to be judged.

Lutheranism is a faith tradition that is open to all, regardless of background ... YOU ARE WELCOME HERE!

Cross of Glory is an interdependent part of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Follow the links below for additional resources and information about our guiding theology.

      Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

      Minneapolis Area Synod of the ELCA

     Metro Lutheran