The Mission Statement for Advent Lutheran Church is:
Celebrating, Sharing, and Growing in God's Love.
Our Mission Statement is supported and carried out through these Missional Directive:
CELEBRATING God's love through Word and Sacrament
SHARING God's love through committing resources to mission and ministry outside our doors
GROWING in God's love through learning, fellowship and service
Knowing that God has raised Jesus from the dead, and that we have been given the gift of eternal life with God, "How, then, shall we live?"
Engaging that question is most effectively done in the context of the local congregation. Advent's purpose statement and four missional directives help us connect with the question and move out into the world in mission under the theme, "God's Work. Our Hands."
Advent Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), sharing roots with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and Wisconsin Evangelical Synod to the 16th Century reformer Martin Luther. Of these three Lutheran expressions, the ELCA is distinct in our ordination of women and in offering Holy Communion to all the baptized.
We are a church that is always being made new, while at the same time deeply rooted in scripture and tradition. We confess the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Our preaching and teaching are based on Holy Scripture texts that are "appointed" for each Sunday through the use of the Revised Common Lectionary. We believe that actively participating in a community of believers helps to prepare members to be witnesses to God's love and grace in speech and in action. We don't claim to have all the answers to all the questions; we believe that conversation is the first step in fostering unity among all of God's children.
Advent Lutheran Church began with a few families from the area, most of whom were members of Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village. Since most of these families lived in southern Johnson County, they were encouraged by their Pastor, Verner Strand, to start a new congregation, and Advent was organized in October of 1982. We recently celebrated 34 years of ministry in this place.
We began our worship life across the intersection in Morse Elementary School, with our first pastor developer, the Rev. Robert Lundgren. Pastor Lundgren was succeeded by the Rev. Robert Hulse and the first unit and sanctuary were built in 1986. An education wing and fellowship hall expansion was completed almost exclusively by the labor of Advent's members in 1993, and in 2000 our current sanctuary and office space was completed and dedicated in February.
Susan Langhauser and Roger Gustafson came to Advent as co-pastors in 1990 when the membership was 345. Almost 30 years later, the congregation has grown to more than 1,500 members with a thriving worship, service and educational ministry to the community. While Pastor Susan remains as Senior Pastor, Pastor Roger was elected Bishop of Central States Synod in 2013.
Pastor Nate Haaland served as Associate Pastor from 2015-2018.