As a community of faith and individual followers of Jesus Christ, we are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Our Lutheran heritage is important as a theological (versus cultural) anchor to our past and guide to our future. At the same time, we want to be a missionary, neighborhood church that's making a world of difference. The Holy Spirit has led the ELCA to have full ecumenical partnerships with several other Christian denominations, and our pastors, staff, and leadership embrace the Christian traditions and expressions of these partnerships.

We seek to welcome young families, millennials, and people of our surrounding community while preserving our Lutheran heritage and those worship styles valued by the range of people attending Saint Matthew. Saint Matthew values its oldest members and always wants to include its youngest disciples in every dimension of our life and ministry together. These values compel us always to evaluate our worship, our community life, and how our proclamation and demonstration of the Christian faith affects our oldest and youngest members together.

We strive to reflect the diversity of the wider neighborhood in which we live and minister. Jesus removed every dividing wall; the Good News of Jesus Christ insists that no Christian community be segregated by race, culture, socio-economic status, or any other humanly-devised barrier or division.