Over the years the institutional church has gone through all the cycles of any sociological institution. It is my belief that the "identity crisis" we as LC - MS Christians are currently facing is due primarily to the desire of previous ecclesiastical leaders to ride every populist wave of the past 40 years - somehow thinking that these sociological swells will land all upon the shores of an island paradise in which the hard work of making disciples is a distant memory. Then... as many, both then and now, have wrongly believed the REAL work of the Church can begin. As I read the Scripture, the work of the Church is proclaimed with perpiscuity employing two common verbs - baptize and teach. The return of interest in the catechumenate strikes me as a strong desire to flee from the failed recent past and make baptizing and teaching the heart of a life long immersion into the Word and into the death and resurrection of Christ. In this hearts and consequently people, nations and the world can be changed.