Bishop Stephen S.Talmage, Grand Canyon Synod ELCA, sent a letter to synod pastors stating that Shepherd of the Hills, Fountain Hills, AZ was removed from synod rolls, December 11, 2010 because of their dual affiliation with the LCMC. Their pastor, Steve Bergeson, resigned from the ELCA clergy roster as well.
It is quite amazing that ELCA congregations across the country are being held to the constitution of the national church body when it comes to voting. Yet, the rules for congregations holding dual membership in other Lutheran bodies are enforced differently from synod to synod. Literally hundreds of ELCA congregations now hold dual membership in the LCMC and/or the NALC. The ELCA's lack of uniformity in imposing penalties on congregations could provide a good legal argument in court if and when the ELCA tries to keep congregations from leaving with their property.