For the Rev. Ruben Duran, the message is quite clear – “Christ’s church is not dying.” Since the ELCA began in 1988 as a result of a merger, more than 500 new congregations have been “planted, organized and joined the ELCA. That is a milestone worth celebrating,” said Duran. The “changing part,” he said, is that 56 percent of all ELCA new starts are among ethnic-multicultural communities, and 27 percent in communities where people are living in poverty or low-income. Put that all together, he said, and “we have 10 percent of the denomination in the growing stages. This is a good moment to celebrate. God is making all things new. The new start is the new skin of this church, and the new skin of the ELCA is a fusion of many nations being welcomed into the ELCA. It reflects the country that we’re becoming. We are not dying. We are changing.” Click here to read the full press release.
This news is reprinted from the Northeast PA Synod eNewsletter (6/2/15 edition). You can subscribe to the Synod eNewsletter HERE.