The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Counting the cost of change

In rural Nebraska, reaching the unchurched inflicts growing pains

What does it cost for the rural church to grow? Just as there is a cost to following Christ, there is a cost to expanding the ministry of our congregations.

At Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Sidney, Neb., attendance at weekly worship is 253, which includes a Wednesday service and two Sunday services. Two years ago we launched a contemporary worship service.

Before, there had been one traditional liturgical service only. Today, the contemporary service accounts for two-thirds of our Sunday worshipers. In the last two years we received 82 new members--95 percent of them through the contemporary service.

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