"The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is sorely pressed. Thirty years ago, when I graduated from high school, the pool of youth in our church body numbered some 210,000. Today, the number is 90,000. This is because our birth rate has simply mirrored that of the broader European-descent population, and mission gains have not kept up with the decline in growth by birth."For previous quotes from President Harrison and for other statistics, see the posts labled "LCMS population decline."
In his opening letter for the September 2012 issue of The Lutheran Witness, President Harrison continues his message about the Missouri Synod's low birth rate: