A special issue of the Journal of Lutheran Mission has published our research report concerning the demographic trends of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

Topics explored:

  • Membership trends over the past 50 or so years
  • Seven factors leading to membership decline:
    • Delayed marriage
    • Birth control
    • Infertility
    • Divorce
    • Student debt
    • Doctrinal change
    • Vocational confusion
  • Three recommendations for rebuilding the baptized and confirmed membership of the LCMS:
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