Here are the latest figures according to an email received from the ELCA Secretary’s office. Please note that over 75% of the congregations that are leaving have indicated affiliation with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), which doesn’t leave many unaffiliated congregations for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALC will finally get off the ground with its convocation this month. It will be interesting to see if some switch from LCMC to NALC and whether turf wars develop. As an LCMC booster predicted months ago, “LCMC and NALC will be splitting a small pie”.
As of August 3, the Office of the Secretary has been advised that 504 congregations have taken first votes to terminate their relationship with the ELCA (some congregations have taken more than one first vote). Of these 504 congregations that have taken first votes, 348 passed and 156 failed. Synods also have informed the Office of the Secretary that 212 congregations have taken a second vote, 199 of which passed and 13 failed. Of the congregations that have voted to leave and advised synods of their intentions, more than 75% have indicated that they are affiliating with Lutheran Congregations in Missions for Christ (LCMC).