What’s the future for the ELCA (April, "Mainline decline")?
It depends on our willingness to change. Evangelism is each of our
responsibility. However, in any organization the group takes on the
character and attitude of the leader. We need pastors excited about and
capable of leading this great commission from Christ. Will we train
pastors in the seminary to have a great motivation and drive to lead
evangelistic efforts? Will we “retool” current pastors to pick up this
essential cause? Can we modify our services and studies to be more in
tune with a society that is accustomed to visual, as well as verbal,
communication, that likes options, and is less bound to traditional
rituals than older generations?
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