Walking Away From Biblical Truth Has Its Costs, ELCA Flagship Seminary In Financial Trouble
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s largest seminary, Luther Seminary in Minnesota, sent shockwaves through the denomination with the recent admittance that they are facing extreme financial difficulties. The president of Luther Seminary abruptly stepped down from his position as a result. Luther Seminary published a report stating, “While we continue to function at a high level, we are facing a difficult combination of challenges, not unlike those faced by many other institutions of higher education. These challenges include deferred maintenance charges related to aging buildings, the costs of delivering a wide variety of educational programs and a nationwide drop in the number of students attending seminaries . . . this transition comes at a time when the financial performance of the seminary has lagged expectations.” (read here)
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Luther Seminary, “announces search for new president after losing nearly $4 million last school year.” The report said, “The president of Luther Seminary in St. Paul has resigned amid rising maintenance costs and declining enrollment . . . Enrollment is down from 822 nearly five years ago to 764 students this year.” Board chairman Jim Lindus said, "We had a lower investment performance than we were expecting, and education costs in general are going up. And we're trying to figure out how do we adjust to that in a church that ... has become smaller." (read here) The article also points out that “Other ELCA seminaries nationwide are also dealing with ‘very challenging times.’"
An ELCA pastor, blogging about the news concerning Luther Seminary said, “the ELCA and many of her associated enterprises - Luther Seminary among them - has taken its eye off the ball. We are told that we are to be missional - but missional about what? A vast cohort of students, faculty, and staff (and therefore pastors, bishops, and synod staff) get more worked up about personal pronouns for God than personal relationships with God. We are taught that to ‘want people to come to church on Sunday morning’ indicates a lack of understanding that God works outside the church. We are taught that the Church, and Word & Sacrament, are nice, you know, but so are justice and advocacy. I spent more time in seminary learning about ‘family systems’ than I did sacramental theology. No, for realz. I was assigned more papers about why we shouldn't evangelize, than about how and why we should.”
This ELCA pastor goes on to say, “certain individuals and departments spend ridiculous amounts of seminary funds on high-end coffee and cookies every day of the week. There are flat-screen TVs in every corner of Northwestern and the OCC. NW and OCC have both recently undergone major asthetic remodels, while the dorms and apartments battle bedbugs and mold year-round.” (read here)
The ELCA is led by self-serving, Bible-denying, and apparently wasteful leaders. Because of their wandering away from the heart of the Gospel, to make disciples, the denomination itself is withering.
12/12/2012 11:00:35 pm
Well, seeing that this seminary has profs who deny the Resurrection of Jesus Christ to their students (Why are they not boycotting or challenging these servants of Satan?), it would be a blessing to see such an institution close! Whoever denies the Resurrection is anti-Christ. "And woe to those who would lead one of these little ones to sin, for it would be better for a millstone to be tied to their necks and have them be cast into the sea!", so saith my Savior and Lord.
12/13/2012 01:24:26 am
I read the entire blog post by the former seminarian -- she is now a first-call pastor. After I got over the shock, my heart broke for the poor girl. She was completely deceived.
12/15/2012 03:46:52 pm
12/17/2012 02:54:35 am
12/23/2012 03:52:01 pm
With all due respect, Kathy, I have done my discernment work, and to be perfectly frank, it's more than a little offensive to suggest that I haven't. I have prayed and cried and thought and talked and prayed and cried some more. Then I started over, and cried and prayed. Then I talked and thought and prayed and cried and thought and prayed and talked and cried. I have driven myself to physical illness, lost lots of weight, and ground my teeth to the point of developing arthritis in my jaw, all in my attempts to leave - for Rome, the East, evangelicalism, and everywhere in between, and through it all, God has kept my feet firmly planted here in the ELCA. Thank goodness we have a God who says, "You do not understand now what I am doing, but later you will understand." (John 13:7)
12/28/2012 09:52:51 pm
Two issues are in play: your call to be obedient to whatever God is calling you to do and the ineluctable fact of the apostasy and heresy that permeate the ELCA, a denomination whose leadership is manifestly not proclaiming the gospel that Jesus did: ""The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"
4/27/2013 09:24:37 pm
It sounds like your in torment maybe you should leave sooner than later, I just finished seminary and waiting on God for a church, this sounds very unhealthy what your going through and doesn't sound like this is coming from the Holy Spirit.
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