New leadership trying to revitalize Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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#1 Aug 29, 2013
The question is whether ELCA can turn the tide of decline after losing its most conservative congregations, clergy and members. Combine this with the mass of members who have simply quit attending, joined other churches and have never had their membership removed from the ELCA churches. Add that the LCMC and the NALC are already providing sizable outlets for ELCA members who just couldn't take it any longer in the ELCA but are too liberal for LCMS, WELS, and the smaller Lutheran synods. The biggest question of all -- are the seminary professors at all willing to begin the return to historical Christianity? Indeed, is ELCA administration ready to begin the return to historical Christianity. The odds are certainly against any significant growth in the ELCA. Their election of a gay bishop in California and their first woman presiding bishop who admires the leadership of Hanson giving the impression ELCA changed presiding bishops just to have a female leader rather than a change in direction -- also indicate further decline in membership and further drift from orthodox Christianity. ELCA, like many of the liberal denominations, have to face the fact that their members are now worshiping in community churches and non-denomination churches and they are not coming back. The liberals have driven them away.
Since: Aug 09
#2 Aug 30, 2013
The ELCA has made a simple, strong, lasting commitment to follow and live the Teachings of Christ Jesus.
More power in the Holy Spirit to them.
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