I don’t know how accurate these records are (I suspect 2009 had more members leaving then they record.) But despite that, the membership records do not paint a very good picture of the state of our denomination.
According to the ELCA, from 1987 to 2009 they have lost over 700,000 members (wait till 2010 figures come in.)
Here are a few reasons why.
The ELCA has stopped preaching the law and the gospel. Because of this, people don’t see their need for Jesus. Add to that, the ELCA preaching that “everyone is saved.” This false teaching does not draw anyone to Christ or His church. The ELCA offers nothing that the Unitarian church doesn’t already have.
The silver-lining? Fewer ELCA members supporting and listening to the false teachings.