Lutherans who are detaching from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)'s anti-Biblical, anti-confessional religion will form a separate denomination at a gathering in Columbus, OH later this month.
"The new church body will have a strong connection to South Dakota because the new Institute of Lutheran Theology in Brookings could help train some of its pastors and worshippers.
'We're doing what we think is right, and we're not trying to pull the ELCA apart, but we recognize that congregations are leaving," said Dennis Bielfeldt, president of the Institute of Lutheran Theology. "They are going to be looking for pastoral leadership. It seems to us like the thing to do is to create an institution that gives them the best leaders that can be produced.'"