Since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly voted in August to sanction practicing homosexuals as members of its clergy, congregations across the country are evaluating if they want to continue their relationship with the ELCA. By the time the next churchwide assembly takes place in 2011, the ELCA will likely have lost hundreds of congregations and millions of dollars in contributions.
Abiding Word Ministries and various conservative Lutheran Church bodies have been receiving numerous inquiries from ELCA congregations, pastors and laity regarding changing their affilliation. And well they should, since the prohomosexual lobby's takeover of the ELCA is only the first installment in a series of actions that will continue to erode the legitimacy of the ELCA to even be called a "church."
The situation is dire enough already that ELCA Bishop Mark Hanson has sent a pastoral letter encouraging congregations to stay the course.