The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has been losing money, losing members and their colleges and seminaries have been losing students for years. Now the ELCA has lost one of its seminaries. A blow to the gut for the dying denomination. This week it was announced that the ELCA will go from having eight ELCA seminaries to only seven.
The ELCA is trying their best to put a positive spin on this whole situation (read the article) but anyone with their eyes open and some common sense understands what is really going on.
A similar situation is happening in the northwest corner of the United States. Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington, at one time known as Lutheran Bible Institute (LBI), has decided to shut their doors and will "cease academic instruction at Trinity in May 2016." (see here) Trinity Lutheran is not officially affiliated with the ELCA but they have many ELCA connections (see here). Trinity Lutheran also offers the ELCA Bishop’s Scholarship to one student from each ELCA synod in region 1.
This is nothing to be sad about, if fact, it is something that should be celebrated. The ELCA has been leading people away from the Truth of Scripture and our Lord Jesus Christ for years and one of the main culprits of that false teaching is the ELCA seminaries and colleges. Seeing the institutions that instruct the upcoming pastors and leaders of the denomination wither, have less influence, less power and a weaker voice is good. God is at work and often times He removes those entities that are standing against Him and harming His sons and daughters.