The “institutional church” is derided by just about everybody, from spiritual-but-not-religious Nones to non-denominational evangelicals. Indeed, many church “institutions” have become floundering and unfaithful. But few people have encountered a church that has actually functioned as an institution is supposed to, retaining its identity through the generations despite all the challenges and giving its people the Christian formation they need.
One such successful Christian institution is the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
So says Rebekah Curtis in a rather remarkable piece for the American Reformer entitled “The Lutheran Option: Stewarding a Legacy of Institution-Building.”