The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Church struggling with changing world, researcher says

The ELCA has not created the kind of environment with the needed components to foster church growth, the denomination’s head of Research and Evaluation told the Conference of Bishops.

“The vast majority of Lutheran congregations are neither predisposed nor well-equipped to engage the modern world,” Kenneth W. Inskeep told the bishops, gathered March 1-6 in Galveston, Texas.

“Instead, they understand faith and society in traditional terms even while they find themselves in the midst of a modern world. And if Lutheran congregations, for whatever reason, decide to engage the modern world, they have only conservative evangelical models for doing so.”

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