This month marks the beginning of the ELCA's 10th year. We've had our ups and downs; but before we are too hard on ourselves, we must remember that life has not been easy for most churches during these years.
One goal that will not be met by the end of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's first decade is 10 percent minority membership. We have moved during these nine years from just under 2 percent minority membership to slightly more than 2 percent (110,423 members). Despite new programs (see page 38), some would say we haven't tried hard enough. But there is more to it than that.
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