Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Where Dying Congregations Go To Die

The story came from Waco Texas and The Waco Tribune-Herald: "Dwindling congregation forces sale of 133-year-old Waco Lutheran church", and it made the rounds on social media a couple of weeks ago. I waited and waited for someone to pick up on the irony hidden in the story. Seeing none, I present it for your puzzled minds.

In the story, a Lutheran parish that is part of the liberal wing of American Lutherans was forced to sell their building because their average Sunday attendance had fallen drastically. They sold it to an up and coming Anglican Church in North America congregation. This might seem ironic to some, but what it really says is that there are consequences to be had from promoting a faulty theology of human sexuality.

The real irony is where the dying congregation is going to meet for worship in the future,
"The membership will meet temporarily now at Connally-Compton Funeral Directors on West Waco Drive until plans for a more-permanent location are finalized."
I will leave it to my reader's imaginations as to what that more-permanent location might be.

Grab your shovels folks.


  1. Thanks for this post. I hadn't seen it. Sad for the 94-year-old Lutheran lady, but when the "mainstream" Lutherans gave in to the "new thing" theology, this kind of thing is to be expected.

    The news about Christ Church, Waco (ACNA) is exciting! 200 members, a rector and four assisting priests, all men.

  2. It must have been a grave decision for the congregation.

  3. Well Fr. Dale, we're all terminal, barring the Second Coming.

    1. Stay tuned for next Wednesday's post Katherine.