Fifteen Minnesota churches leaving ELCA over gay pastor vote

More than a dozen Lutheran congregations in Minnesota have vowed to leave the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) after a vote in Minneapolis this summer to allow gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships to serve as clergy. The fifteen churches will join a new denomination called Lutheran CORE and leave the ELCA, the largest Lutheran denomination in the world.

The leaders of Lutheran CORE say the ELCA has moved too far away from the Bible.

"Many ELCA members and congregations have said that they want to sever ties with the ELCA because of the ELCA's continued movement away from traditional Christian teachings," Rev. Paull Spring of State College, Pa., and Lutheran CORE Chair said in a press statement last week. "The vote on sexuality opened the eyes of many to how far the ELCA has moved from Biblical teaching."

The ELCA vote doesn't force any church to roster a gay or lesbian pastor - that decision remains the decision of local congregations. Despite that, at least 15 Lutheran churches in the state have signed the Common Confession of Lutheran CORE that states in part: "We teach and practice that sexual activity belongs exclusively within the biblical boundaries of a faithful marriage between one man and one woman."

Those churches that have signed the Common Confession and started the process of leaving the ELCA include:

Albion Lutheran of St. James, American Lutheran in Long Prairie, Brooklyn Park Lutheran, Calvary Lutheran in Golden Valley, Christ the King Lutheran in Hutchinson, Faith Lutheran in Hutchinson, Faith Lutheran in Silver Creek, First Lutheran in Pipestone, Holy Cross Lutheran in Maple Lake, Redeemer Lutheran in Fridley, Redeemer Lutheran in Henderson, St. John Lutheran in Starbuck, Trinity Lutheran of Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis, Urland Lutheran in Cannon Falls, and Wangen Prairie Lutheran in Cannon Falls.

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ELCA & CORE

Thanks for showing list. Sadly, none close enough to join... at least not yet. Severed long association with Minneapolis church seeking politically correct busywork over simple teachings of Christ.

good riddance

to ignorant trash. What century is it again? maybe we could even bring back the Inquisition!! Thanks for the list so I know where all the stupid, ignorant, homophobes are attending and i know where to avoid. Way to go Lutherans, a giant step forwards for most, and a leap backwards for the ignorant ones on the list!

References

Please provide biblical book, chapter, verse on which you take your stand. Jesus said, "------".

What would Martin Luther say?

Would he say that it is A OK to ignore Biblical teachings? It would be better, for those who want to dilute Christianity, to form their own churches. There are also many churches that would welcome them. I wish the CORE members would join the Missouri Synod, which is more traditional. Watch out for your own denomination. Christianity is under attack by many forces.

Church Properties

I am curious to know who is ending up the legal property owner of the churches whos congregations have decided to leave the ELCA?

15 churches leaving, 1,140 or so staying

While congregations' decisions to leave the ELCA makes headlines, do not lose sight of the 1,140 or so congregations in Minnesota who remain part of a vibrant expression of the Christian faith.