Our Statement of Faith

As Resurrection People, we believe in the one eternally, co-existing Triune God –Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe people are sinful by their very nature and the consequence of sin is death. We believe God’s Son, Jesus Christ, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died on the cross as a substitute sacrifice for the sin of humanity. We teach that salvation cannot be earned, but is a gift from God, given by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus alone. Because Jesus conquered death in His bodily resurrection, all who trust in Him will conquer eternal death and have eternal life. We believe Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated with God. We await His return to earth as Lord and King. God’s loving invitation of reconciliation is for everyone, therefore, all who desire the love and forgiveness of Jesus are welcome in this community of faith. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and is therefore our final authority on matters of faith and life. As a living word, it is given to bless and transform God’s people. The Bible:

    • reveals God’s redemptive plan to draw all people to Himself through Jesus Christ,
    • instructs us in living life as a disciple of Christ,
    • encourages and speaks to us by the dynamic power of the Holy Spirit as we journey through life in a broken world.

We teach the whole Word of God – Law and Gospel. We prayerfully strive to use it following Jesus’ compassionate example of love, declaring God’s invitation into a relationship with Him, while instructing believers how to live a sanctified life. The Bible is foundational in all preaching, teaching and counseling at Resurrection. We accept the Apostle, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds as statements that declare our history, faith, and practices. As a Lutheran congregation we profess the Augsburg Confession and recognize Martin Luther’s Large and Small Catechisms as explanations of our doctrinal beliefs. We are part of, and responsible to, a greater worldwide Christian church that includes all those who profess Christ as Lord, teach His Word, and share His mission to make disciples of all nations. We practice two sacraments – Holy Baptism and Communion (The Lord’s Supper) as means by which God tangibly pours out His grace and forgiveness on His people. We baptize believers and children of believers. We accept water baptisms in the name of the Triune God from other Christian churches as valid. We believe the bread and wine given in communion to be both the elements of bread and wine, and at the same time, by faith, believe they are the Blood and Body of Christ. Communion is open to all who believe in Christ’s true presence. We believe prayer is a gift given to us by God to draw on His power, guidance and healing. The Holy Spirit is active in prayer to aid in intercession, help us hear God’s answers, and cover us with God’s peace.  We believe the actions of the church and its members should be rooted in Spirit-led, bible-tested prayer. We intentionally teach prayer to all ages to ensure this gift is available. We believe in the priesthood of all believers. God calls us into His church to share our unique gifts to strengthen the Body and bless our neighbors. The local church is the hope of the world, so through our time, talent, and treasures we intentionally invite the stranger, clothe and feed the needy, attend to the sick, and visit the imprisoned. By the power of the Holy Spirit in us we are able to do holy and meaningful work that bears fruit for His kingdom and expands His mission in the world. We believe God has a distinct purpose for Resurrection Lutheran Church in this community and world. We are committed to listening for God’s direction, and changing personally and corporately to align with His Will. We believe this community of faith is called to be relevant, growing in faith and followers, and willing to sacrifice for God’s bigger vision. We believe that God expects each of us to grow and mature as new creations in Christ. Our growth is a never-ending process of learning, listening, worshipping, serving, and forgiving ourselves and others. As Resurrection People, we are intentional in our spiritual growth, so we can be effective ambassadors for Jesus, and use His teachings to bless ourselves, our families, the community, and the world we touch. At Resurrection, we promise to meet people where they are, but love them enough not to leave them there.

Our History

In 1990, Pastor Robert Rusert was called as a mission developer to plant a church through the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) in Monticello, MN. At the time there was only one ELCA church in Monticello and much growth was projected for the area in coming years. Pastor Bob had never started a church before, but felt strongly called to the challenge. After moving his young family to the Monticello area, Pastor Bob began to meet the community leaders, compile notes and set up his office at the local public library. Soon he was knocking on doors and inviting residents to join him in worship. The small, but growing, group met in rented school space that is now Eastview Elementary, located directly across the street from our current church location. In 1992, Resurrection was officially organized as a church of the ELCA and 208 members proudly signed the charter. A very excited community of believers embraced their new identity with an enthusiasm that was felt by all who came to see what this new church was about.

When Pastor Bob initially arrived in Monticello he stopped just off the interstate at the base of a slopped farmer’s field on the edge of town. He felt a strong sense of the Spirit that prompted him to believe this is where the church he was called to start should be built. As he gazed at the hillside in front of him, a verse from Matthew 5 came to mind. “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid.” In the months that followed Pastor Bob negotiated with the landowner and the ELCA to purchase the land.

Shortly thereafter, church volunteers constructed a small building on the property that served as an office for Pastor Bob.  In 1998, the first phase of the current church building was erected.  It consisted of the sanctuary, a narthex, office space and a small kitchen and fellowship area.  As the community of faith continued to grow, so did their need for additional space.  And in 2001, a renovation project took place adding additional office space for new staff. In 2002, Pastor Lee Evenson joined the ministry team as an Associate Pastor overseeing Congregational Care and visitations.  His gifts in the areas of counseling, preaching and teaching have been a blessing to the community over and again.  In 2003, two classrooms were added to the building; the first phase of our second major building project.  And in 2004, the Spiritual Growth Center was added, which greatly increased the fellowship area and added much needed classroom space. In 2008, founding Pastor Bob Rusert left Resurrection and took a call at a new church.  After an extensive 18-month call process, the Resurrection community extended a call to Pastor Jedidiah Scharmer.  On June 6, 2010 Pastor Jedidiah Scharmer was installed as the Lead Pastor of Resurrection.  With a new leader at the helm, we will continue our mission of meeting people where they are in their faith walk with life-transforming experiences that help mature them as Disciples of Christ. By the end of 2013, Resurrection began researching the possible transition from ELCA to LCMC. In January of 2014, the transition was presented at the Annual Meeting. On September 27, 2015 a special meeting was held where the vote was finalized to transition to LCMC. 

The Crosses

Shortly after the first phase of the church was built a member donated the resources to position three concrete crosses at the top of the hill on the church property.  He and others from the community constructed the crosses.  Later the site was landscaped and eventually lit, so the site could be seen from many miles on the interstate.   The crosses are detailed on our logo and as Resurrection people we honor the redemptive work Jesus did for us there.  We understand our salvation is sure because of that sacrifice.  We are also reminded that our own pathway should attempt to reflect Christ’s path to the cross. The crosses are open to anyone drawn to spend some quiet time at the foot of the cross.  Many people have found this a tranquil, healing place.  We pray that God continues to use it to draw people close to His love and limitless power.