iab-728x90

The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

iab-728x90

Megamerger

Part of a growing trend, eight struggling churches aim for a bright future together

Chrysler and Daimler-Benz. Boeing and McDonnell Douglas. Amoco and British Petroleum. Redeemer and St. Paul?

It's not exactly Wall Street-style merger mania, but more and more ELCA congregations are discovering that merging with a nearby parish is a powerful way to strengthen themselves for mission. And while "yoked," or two-point, parishes have long been a fixture in rural areas, the trend has begun catching on in metropolitan areas. Migration to the suburbs of traditionally Lutheran ethnic groups — such as Germans, Swedes and Norwegians — weakened old congregations to the point where they could provide little more than basic pastoral care to a dwindling number of parishioners.


The rest of this article is only available to subscribers.

text size:

this page: email | print

iab-728x90
October issue

OCTOBER issue:

Older adults: Assets to our church

More...