Conservative Lutherans are considering leaving their denomination over the issue of gays serving in the church's clergy.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted in August to allow non-celibate homosexuals to serve in the ministry.
Now, a group called Lutheran CORE says it might leave the denomination of 4.7-million members.
At a recent meeting attended by 1,200 people, CORE chairman Paul Spring received a standing ovation when he said the ELCA "has fallen into heresy."
The group voted to have a committee study whether they should stay, form a new denomination, or join another.
The committee will give its recommendation in one year.