Pastor/blogger says both left-leaning and right-leaning Lutheranism are ‘headed down the same demographic waterslide’ and why he thinks that’s happening

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Huntington Beach, Calif., pastor and blogger David Huntington writes:

“The above chart spells unmitigated disaster. And it’s a few years old. It’s gotten much worse since it was first printed.

“And better theology is not going to rescue us. We Lutherans have always had the odd idea that if we could “nail” the philosophical content of the Gospel, then everything would line up and we would thrive. Truth is, we have right-leaning Lutherans (LCMS) and left-leaning Lutherans (ELCA) and ALL of us are headed down the same demographic waterslide hand-in-hand.”

The reasons? Householder lists several “crises” in Lutheranism including the following:

  • Lutherans have no clue how to do evangelism which leads to large-scale adult conversion and baptism;
  • Lutherans don’t retain enough of their children;
  • Many of our congregations are led by informal juntas of empty nesters and retired people;
  • Lutherans are also clueless about the communications revolution;
  • Most Lutheran sermons are virtually impossible to understand

An intriguing read. Check it out at: http://robinwoodchurch.wordpress.com/2010/09/01/the-lutherans-sterben-aus-die-out/

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