Our Mission

Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world. This is the mission statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As members of the ELCA we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor and to practice our faith by giving our hearts to God and our hands to do the work of serving others in the name of Jesus locally and around the world.

We believe we are justified by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8) so we describe mission in terms of what God is doing in the world, not in terms of our own efforts. We seek God’s guidance through the Holy Spirit in all that we do and are confident that God’s loving purposes will be fulfilled when our Lord Jesus Christ returns (1 John 3:2) If you would like to learn more about our mission, contact us.


Our Vision

Claimed by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we are made new by the power of the Holy Spirit. That same Spirit gathers us to live among God’s faithful people, to hear God’s word and share Christ’s supper. The Spirit also sends us into the world to proclaim the good news of forgiveness, hope, justice and peace in our words and deeds, following the example of Jesus.

We look for ways to be the people we were created to be and to use the gifts and resources that God has graciously given us so that we can do something that matters to God. If you would like to know more about how our faith in Christ shapes our daily living, please contact us.


Our History

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1962

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1962

Originally a congregation of the American Lutheran Church, Good Shepherd was established as a mission congregation in December 1962 and became part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America at its formation in 1988. The church had been planted to intentionally serve the military families at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and Topsham Radar Station, a history that helped shape our active involvement in the life of the greater Brunswick area. Because our members were constantly deploying overseas or being transferred to new duty stations, Good Shepherd became known as a compassionate, caring community in Christ helping to ease the strains of life transitions and adapt to ever changing circumstances. That flexibility and compassion was put to the test with the closures of first the Radar Station and then BNAS.

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1962

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1962

Good Shepherd Lutheran, 1962

Now those traits are helping us reach out to Bowdoin College students, newly arrived retirees and others seeking a supportive community. In 2013 Good Shepherd members helped found Churches Working Together, an ecumenical group of six area congregations that seeks to display the unity we share as Christians. This group began the Rejoicing Spirits ministry in Brunswick and Good Shepherd members continue to be active in leadership and support of this ministry. If you would like to know more about Lutherans or about our congregation, contact us or visit us on Facebook.