Across North America, church attendance has declined in the 35 years since the ELCA was formed by the merger of several Lutheran denominations. Churches of all stripes have suffered and closed. But a number of ELCA congregations and leaders are finding church growth and vitality by reaching out to new people in creative and entrepreneurial ways. They have much to teach us.

Download a free four-page study guide for “A ‘mission’ to the future: ELCA new-start congregations offer innovative ministry models,” which appeared in the May/June 2023 print issue of Living Lutheran. Access the guide by clicking on “Download Now” in the “Study Guide” box to the right.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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