Climbing your way to the top is exhausting.
It’s time to stop. It's time to rest.
At St. Stephen Lutheran we believe there’s no way to know or enjoy God by climbing the stairs of your own morals, obedience, or efforts. Instead, we teach that the good news of Jesus Christ restores our hearts to both know and enjoy God in every area of life. From him come true peace, faithful obedience, and spiritual rest.
We’d love to tell you more. Please visit us on a Sunday morning—and start resting.
Worship is each Sunday at 9:30am
What to expect at worship
We strive for worship that is more more timeless than traditional, more diverse than contemporary
Our services typically last about an hour. We’ll work hard to make sure you feel welcome. But we’ll also tell it like it is—helping you come face to face with your living and loving God.
The focus will always be Jesus and the Bible. To make that happen, we are a church that follows an order of service—a liturgy. In the message and sacramental meal, in specially selected Bible readings, and in carefully crafted songs, prayers, and creeds, the liturgy proclaims the good news about Jesus from start to finish.
Each service features a preached message from our pastor. We post a weekly audio copy in our podcast, "The Sunday Sermon."
We work to keep the entire body together
We seek to enfold young people into the life of the entire church and encourage them to participate in worship with the whole body of Christ. For that reason, we don’t offer a separate “children’s church.” We’d rather they learn about God next to the people who play the most important role in their formation as people—their parents.
We do include a children’s message in the main service and offer a nursery where you can take your children if they need a moment.
Several of our families have small children—we love hearing the sound of little ones.
We gather an offering, but we don’t require that you donate any money
The members of St. Stephen Lutheran have joined together to support the Lord’s work in this community and around the world. The offering is their way of contributing to the financial needs of that work. Without it we would not be able to continue our work in Fallbrook.
So, while an offering plate will be passed, no one here expects our guests and visitors to donate money unless they wish to.
We often celebrate the Lord’s Supper, and we’ll politely ask you to abstain—for now
About every other Sunday we celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. This sacramental meal is an expression of unity, agreement, and spiritual intimacy between the people who have committed themselves to membership in this church. That’s why we ask guests and visitors not to participate—yet. We sincerely desire that all who come to us will eventually join us in the privileges and responsibilities of membership. We also understand that no one can make that kind of commitment without proper instruction. To help people along that path of commitment we offer instructional classes that, upon completion, open the door to full membership in the congregation and participation in the Lord’s Supper.
We are theologically conservative Lutherans
The Lutheran Church traces its history to a man named Martin Luther, a church reformer who lived primarily in the 16th century. That was a long time ago, but his work has influenced churches ever since that time.
Our church is rooted deeply in the Lutheran tradition. Nevertheless, not all Lutherans are the same—we are among the theologically conservative, which means we reflect what Bible teaches with Lutheran theological emphasis.
We believe that people are born sinful, in other words people can’t help but do wrong and need to be rescued from sin and wrongdoing. Jesus is that rescuer. He is given to us by God’s undeserved love. We come to know him through the Bible. We are saved only by faith in him.
We don’t have a dress code
Most of the people at St. Stephen Lutheran dress casually for worship. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress up a little if you want. If you have tattoos, that’s fine with us. In fact, regardless of what you choose to wear to church, we’re just glad to tell you more about who Jesus Christ is and what he accomplished by death and resurrection.
Give us a listen
The Sunday Sermon podcast is available on our website and iTunes.
Feast your ears on some good news and discover what sets Lutheran preaching apart.
Where to Find Us
Our church campus is located at:
1636 E Mission Rd
Fallbrook, CA 92028
You are free to park anywhere in the lot, but there is guest parking available immediately to the right as you enter the parking lot. Feel free to use those spaces.
Rev. Caleb Bassett has served as the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church since 2010. Pastor Bassett has earned a B.A. from Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN and an M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI.
Pastor Bassett is working toward a Fellowship at the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism, and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
Pastor Bassett and his wife, Audra, live in Fallbrook with their four children.