Congregations dissenting from the ELCA’s embrace of homosexuality now have a bishop and have formed a new Lutheran denomination: The North American Lutheran Church (NALC). It has 250 congregations and some 100,000 members. Check out their website, which details the NALC’s beliefs, government, and mission:
My impression is that the NALC will still ordain women and be ecumenical in relation to other churches–the website specifically says it will co-operate with the new Anglican church, which the NALC seems to be emulating–while being more conservative than the ELCA on moral, Biblical, and theological issues.
What do you think about this? Is this a promising development for Lutheranism in America? Would this group attract those of you who are intrigued by Lutheranism but can’t handle the Missouri and Wisconsin Synod’s practice of closed communion and standoffishness towards other churches, which probably won’t be issues in the NALC?
HT: Bart Gingerich