The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


A Lutheran revival

ELCA congregation finds transformation in Pentecostal territory

When Matt Young first presided at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Milton, Ky., only 18 people sat in the pews — and two were his parents.

That was Palm Sunday 1998. Today, average attendance is 75. Before coming to St. Peter, most worshipers hadn't been baptized. Eleven people, including two families, were baptized at this year's Easter vigil.

This rural church on the banks of the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., is in the midst of a revival — minus the bells and whistles that often define contemporary church growth. Members join without the lure of rock music, video screens and theater.

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