The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Finnish financial strain

Finland's economic slump is putting strain on the 4.2-million member Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. According to Finnish news service Yle Uutiset, the church has abandoned more than 300 properties and more than 41,000 people left the church in the last year. A drop in revenue has put church leaders in the position of having to consider job cuts. Church financial planner Pasi Perander told Yle Uutiset that Finnish Lutherans have never before experienced a financial crisis of this magnitude.


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