Many churches formerly in the ELCA (The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) have decided to leave the ELCA and join together with LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ).
Many of those churches (for legal reasons) could not leave their affiliation with the ELCA without complicated ramifications that involve property issues, etc., and have decided to have dual affiliations. Choosing to not have much to do with the ELCA, and to identify with a more centerist Lutheran confession, the LCMC.
The LCMC denomination has been growing steadily since 2000 and now in 2011 it is approaching 700 congregations in it’s organization.
Here’s a list of their congregations in 42 states around the country and in Canada, Mexico, Guam and Puerto Rico:
click here> LCMC-Congregations-directory
I’m sure there are some very good and faithful centerist Lutheran congregations in the LCMC. There may be some that are a little fringy. I really don’t know. But if you are looking for a Lutheran congregation for yourself or someone you know, some of these congregations may be worth checking into.