|Leave it to WELS to treat Thrivent Insurance salesmen to "divine calls."|
That works for them, because they consider money a sacrament.
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There is an interesting irony in this. In spite of Wayne Mueller's denial over 20 years ago, the WELS and others have been chasing after new members via Church Growth methods for decades. Many of the younger prospects seems to be either absent (due to the demographics) or really not all that interested in CG gimmicks. Yet, the CGM was supposed to be all about the demographics. Several years ago, a researcher discovered that the typical demographic for those that listened to Contemptible Christian Music was a 48 year old white female.
True to form, the Planned Giving Counselors are trying to get the last drop of blood out of the baby boomer turnips. Their push for the irrevocable trusts and estate bequests will give them their last windfall. The younger generation will not see the success that the boomers had. Many of them grew up unchurched, from divorced parents and are saddled with educational debt.
Once again, the CGM has shown what a dismal failure it is. It would wrong to say that without the CGM, the local congregations would be overflowing.
The preaching of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing. But, those who rely upon methods would be pleasantly surprised if would trust in the Efficacy of the Word.
GJ - The biggest traitors have been those Lutherans-in-Name-Only (John Seifert, Paul McCain, David Scaer, Jon Buchholz) who pretended to resist Church Growth while backing it 100%.
I could add a few whiners from the ELS, who "fight without discipline and run without shame."
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Here is a link to an article about the under 40 group accumulating less than their parents: