“Later that day, one bishop told me about the challenges of placing a qualified gay candidate. Instead of giving up, he's getting creative, introducing this future pastor to potential churches through supply preaching.” (read here)
What happened to respecting a congregation's view of Scripture and their desire to not have a pastor who is proudly living in sin? If you are in a church that stayed in the ELCA, thinking homosexual issues wouldn't affect you, think again. The ELCA is hitting congregations over the head with this issue, and now there is evidence that at least one bishop is going to extraordinary lengths to get practicing homosexuals in your pulpit.
ReconcilingWorks and other LGBT advocacy organizations were invited to speak to the gathering of ELCA bishops and ReconcilingWork's goal was to convey to the bishops “the need to support LGBT candidates and to encourage congregations to call them.”
The ELCA Upstate New York Synod describes the discussion at the Conference this way -
“The Placement of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer candidates for ministry.
Guests who are part of Proclaim and the Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries joined the bishops for conversations about how placement is going across this church and to share best practices as well as concerns.” (read here)
The ELCA is showing that they do not respect a congregation's desire to adhere to God's Word on homosexuality.