More than 1,200 congregations responded to the survey, which was sent to every congregation with a valid email address — 4,787 in total — in June.
It’s a computer nightmare scenario — made real recently for one LCMS congregation that made the local news because of the situation.
With the highest percentage of congregations reporting in at least 15 years, their membership statistics are especially helpful for determining delegate representation at next year’s Synod convention.
Lutheran French-train “hero” Alek Skarlatos receives the Soldier’s Medal from U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.
Aleksander Skarlatos, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Roseburg, Ore., is among the men honored for stopping an armed attacker on a French train Aug. 21.
Church and neighborhood revitalization is alive and well in Fort Wayne, Ind., where the LCMS Office of National Mission, Lutheran Housing Support and three LCMS congregations have joined forces to rehab homes for underprivileged residents.