Some of the newest congregations in the Synod are attracting worshippers, while some of our longer-existing congregations experience decline. Population trends in the Washington D.C. metro indicate the growing number of younger and more diverse residents are seeking different worship opportunities. In response, we aim to launch at least three new congregations which can help to teach existing congregations new ways to connect with our communities.
A New Ministry is Taking Root: : +The Swahili Lutheran Church was approved as a Synodically Authorized Worshipping Community on May 20, 2017. They worship at Living Faith Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD. The Rev. John Mbatta, leader. $15,000 from New Connections Campaign.
Two Congregations are Starting a Second Site: + Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Falls Church VA. Began a second site in Merrifield VA that meets on Wednesday nights. The Rev. Mike Gutzler, Pastor. (Funds will come from New Connection) + King of Kings Lutheran Church, Fairfax VA is planning a second site in the Stonebridge area near Aldie VA. The Rev. Lynn Miller, Pastor. Partnering with New Connections