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I wonder if it had ever dawned on the the female "pastor" that one of the major reasons the church attendance was further declining, was because of her new gender presence. Duh!
Nathan M. Bickel
GJ - That could be one reason. People drift away rather than fight a losing battle. Long ago, church history in an LCA seminary (Gettysburg) was "How much of a misogynist was Luther?"
From that decade of darkness came the all-out lavender surrender, which culminated in the 2009 vote. If someone graphed the plunge in members, the downward plunge probably started that year.
I was talking to someone at Crystal Bridges, who realized I was a Lutheran pastor. He got nervous as he explained he was ELCA but most of the members left at once. "LCMC," he whispered. I said, "I know all about that. 2009 vote."
He relaxed but still looked around as he spoke. "They went from 200 people in church on Sunday to a fraction of that. We started a new LCMC congregation."
WELS drives away members with pure nastiness, unadulterated legalism, and the tragic effects of in-breeding.
Fox Valley thinks they can revive their dying congregations by copying the programs of Andy Stanley, Babtist gay activist. Change or Die! cries their mentor Mark and Avoid Jeske.
Change and Die.