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Edward Perry wrote an article entitled, "Where are the People?" It is a summary of his findings on why churches lose or gain members. He concluded that the "key is how people do or do not nurture and support each other in the local congregation." He says, "We discovered that there were no program gimmicks, personality gimmicks, or outreach gimmicks identifiable in any congregations that are successful in attracting significant members of persons from traditionally non-Lutheran sources, or in retaining the faithfulness of their members to a more significant degree than most of our congregations."

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