Skip to comments.UPDATE 11/15/10 CONGREGATIONS VOTING TO LEAVE THE ELCA SINCE AUGUST 2009
Posted on 11/15/2010 7:26:54 AM PST by rhema
This 11/15/10 update includes the following additions and changes since our last report 11/04/10.
* indicates first vote; ** indicates second vote
1. St. Peter Lutheran Church, Mesa, AZ * 84% in favor. 121-21
2. Hayti Lutheran Church, Hayti, SD * passed first vote 92% - 77-7: Voted to join NALC
3. New Hope Lutheran Church, Hayti, SD* passed first vote 92% 59-5; Voted to join NALC
4. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Williams, IA** passed second vote 40-9
5. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Everett, WA* first vote 75%
6. Salem Lutheran Church, Bark River, MI * passed first vote
7. Faith in Christ Lutheran Church, Springfield, OH * passed first vote 50-5
8. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Kodiak, AK ** passed second vote 84%
9. Trinity Lutheran Church, Troutman, NC * passed first vote 94.6% 174-10
10. Zoar Lutheran Church, Lebanon, PA * passed first vote
11. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clyde, OH * passed first vote
12. Trinity Lutheran Church, Ashland, OH * passed first vote
13. St. Stephen Lutheran Church (Scott Twp) Pittsburgh, PA * passed first and final vote 84% (according to their constitution)
14. Anselm Trinity Lutheran Church, Enderline, ND ** passed second vote
15. First Lutheran Church, Washington, PA* passed first vote 122-17
16. Puritas Lutheran Church, Cleveland, OH ** passed second vote
17. Zion Lutheran Church, Philo, IL * passed first vote
18. La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church [3,600 baptized members and weekly attendance of 1,700 to 1,800 people] ** passed second vote
19. Union Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC ** passed second vote; voted to join NALC
20. St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Stewart, MN * passed first vote 41-16 78%
21. St. John Lutheran Church, Ashboro, NC * passed first vote. Nov. 7
22. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Claremont, NC * passed first vote Nov. 7
23. St. James Lutheran Church, Newton, NC.** passed second successful vote Nov 7.
The congregations listed below represent a net loss of baptized members for the ELCA of at least 221,069 since August 2009. Add to this number the membership of approximately 40 churches missing from our list, the tens of thousands who left to start new congregations, and the multiplied thousands who have left the ELCA on their own, and the numbers are staggering.
Out of curiousity, which denomination are they leaving to join?
Wisconsin or Missouri Synods?
The ELCA will find that walking the same road that the Episcopalians have in embracing the gay movement will not help them survive as an organization.
The homo-usurpers will minimize these figures as but a small portion of their “Church”, but it will soom be impossible to avoid and spin the building exodus that is progressing. The ELCA is but a maggot-filled corpse of a once viable body of Christ.
I assume many are joining LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ). Mine did years ago.
Sorry I meant to say A year ago.
* as of August 19, AD 2009, a liberal protestant SECT, not part of the holy, catholic and apostolic CHURCH.
Be rooted in Christ!
LCMC has a pretty good head start, but quite a few of these congregations are now joining the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC).
LCMC and NALC congregations are very similar to each other. Unlike the Missouri or Wisconsin Synods, LCMC & NALC both have women pastors and celebrate open communion.
Their differences are mostly in structure. NALC will have a nationwide structure, complete with Bishops, while the LCMC is much more focused on the individual congregations.
“Their differences are mostly in structure. NALC will have a nationwide structure, complete with Bishops, while the LCMC is much more focused on the individual congregations.”
Unfortunately, both have just peeled the calendar pages back a few years. The foundation of what ails the ELCA and what caused it to be where it is today has remained unresolved in both of these groups. The optimist in me says maybe they will continue looking, studying, meditating on God’s word, and critically examining themselves, and so become truly Lutheran once more. The pessimist in me says ... well, you know. Go back and look at the “Definite Platform,” Samuel Schmucker’s American recension of the Augsburg Confession, and the 1917 “Agreement to Disagree,” and you will find the roots of my pessimism. Both must deal with what Charles Krauth said long ago (The Conservative Reformation). Until that is done ... well. Nevertheless, I wish them both godspeed, for to be free of the abomination that is the ELCA is a truly good thing.
Many have joined the LCMC, and a new group called, I believe, Lutheran Church in (of) North America is in the works.