I don’t mean to trivialize the heart wrenching, divisiveness of this ongoing process by reporting a scorecard like a basketball game.  Yet, it’s important to separate the reality from the rhetoric; thus, I offer this tidbit of information about the latest count of congregations to be officially departing the ELCA.

Through mid-December 2009, the ELCA Office of the Secretary reported that 135 congregations had taken votes to leave the ELCA.  Ninety-seven had achieved the required two-thirds vote on their initial votes to terminate the relationship with the church, and 38 had failed.

Ninety-seven out of ten thousand five hundred.  Serious and hurtful but unless this trickle turns into a torrent, Lutheran CORE will hardly become a “reconfiguration of American Lutheranism” as they claim.