A group well-known for its fight to reform the Evangelical Lutheran Church says it will do so no longer.
The WordAlone Network made the shift official and changed its name to WordAlone Ministries at its April 18 and 19 convention in Golden Valley, Minn., WordAlone Vice President Tom Walker confirmed today.
Walker said the group has been moving in that direction since the August Churchwide Assembly, when the ELCA voted to allow individuals in same-gender relationships to serve in the clergy and passed a controversial social statement on human sexuality.
The group will work to support the emerging confessional movement, which includes traditionalist Lutheran organizations like Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, LutheranCORE and the currently-forming North American Lutheran Church, Walker said.
A WordAlone press releases states, "The convention affirmed that WordAlone will continue to serve congregations, groups and individuals committed to proclaiming the Word of God and to remaining faithful to the Bible, although it ended its attempts to reform the ELCA after (the ELCA’s) unbiblical decisions on marriage and family and on new standards for ministers at the churchwide assembly last August."
The release also states that the organization has established “the Chaplain Corps and the Evangelical Mission Teams. These programs provide assistance and accurate information to those wanting to leave either their congregations or denomination.”
Life Together Churches, which is to be launched in June in partnership with Lutheran Evangelistic Movement, “will support house churches, cell churches and, via the Internet, a virtual parish.”