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What´s in a name?

Congregational names reflect times, places and mission

Any expectant parent will tell you there's nothing quite like the responsibility of selecting a name.

Considerations abound. Will the name stand the test of time and trends? Will it fit both a 4-year-old in day care and a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court? How does it sound with the last name?

Among most of the ELCA's 10,777 congregations, that last name is "Lutheran Church." And the name or names that precede Lutheran Church fall anywhere and everywhere between A Mighty Fortress and Zumbro.


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