We find ourselves in a most peculiar position, and the only way forward is with the help of others. We are a 60-year-old Lutheran congregation, proud of our history and traditions, and intent on adhering to biblical teaching and our liturgy. In recent months, we reached unprecedented levels of revitalization and recovery thanks to the generous contributions of an ambitious and vibrant mission pastor, sporting a very innovative approach to church planting.
What we didn’t expect to
discover – that our own church denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of
America – is banking on us to fail!
Last June, they abruptly and unexpectedly stopped our progress by citing
dubious legal action to demand we hand over our property. Why?!?