Call for 8th Grade Teacher Candidates at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, by Pr. Rossow

Our eighth grade teacher is retiring this year and so we are looking for prospects to call or hire and then colloquize.

Bethany is a very happy and enjoyable place to serve the Lord. Church and School work seamlessly together. Male teachers are encouraged to serve on the Board of Elders. Our female principal is a non-voting member of the board of elders. Principal and church staff meet weekly for two hour staff meetings where they plan and administer the work of the parish.

The parish is organized around Walther’s six duties of the church. The elders meet every few years to set new and fresh goals based on the six duties.

If you are interested please call Principal Pam Mueller at 630/355-2198 or send an email to BJS at the “contact us” button.

We are looking for a teacher who meets all or most of the following criteria. The top three are non-negotiable.

  • Understand and support our confessional teachings
  • Supportive of the liturgy (e.g. as found in the Lutheran Service Book)
  • LCMS rostered worker or willing to begin colloquy
  • History/Geography/Social Studies teaching experience
  • Coach sports, Yearbook
  • Team player, energetic
  • Prefer a male but will call/hire the best candidate
  • Skilled at integrating technology into curriculum
  • Communicate/interact with Jr. High students and parents
  • Strong with discipline
  • Leadership skills—Take charge person
  • Willing to join the other teachers in volunteering in the parish (usher, elder, kitchen, choir, etc.)

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Call for 8th Grade Teacher Candidates at Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, by Pr. Rossow — 58 Comments

  1. @John Rixe #48
    John, there are not different types of obedience: fear-and-trembling obedience, he’s-a-cool-boss obedience, let-me-ask-my-wife obedience. There is obedience. Obedience is rendered to whom obedience is due not because of the dynamic that we create in our social environments, but because we fear God and tremble at His stern command.

    It is not wrong for a man to submit to his female boss. If she’s easy going – all the better! But it is unnatural. I am not trying to say that men must find other employment just because the general manager was just replaced by a woman. I am simply appealing to men to recognize that this also is an example of our culture’s fatal sickness. The distinction between men and women is being absolutely lost. And it’s because men are cool with it. “It doesn’t bother me.” Ok. Fine. It should. Do what you have to do. Do it with joy and patience for the sake of the Lord whom you are serving. But don’t act like it ain’t no thang. It is a thang. It’s a big thang.

  2. Again, I haven’t noticed much fear and trembling among pastors, CC’s, DP’s, and SP in their relations with one another. Maybe there should be some.

    I’m not familiar with any Bible restrictions on women managers. Don’t you like the Arizona governor (LCMS sister)?

    Sorry for wandering off the topic and hope the search at Bethany is going well.

  3. Have you noticed sin, John? Welcome to the club. Christians, and especially ministers of the word, walk a thin line between fighting for the truth of God’s word and fighting for their own honor. And sometimes the one slips into the other and back again. It is the constant battle with the flesh.

    Christians, even as they admonish and rebuke each other, never do so in perfect love. That is precisely why pure doctrine is so important. Only that which God has given us in Christ will cover us as we spout our pride-laced pontifications, even though they be Bible-based arguments. We’re clay vessels. But don’t mistake impassioned theological dispute for a lack of fear of God. This is not always as evident as the human judge thinks it is. How often has any given critic been wrong, to his shame, that one was arguing just to be right, when in fact he was defending the truth of God’s word?

    Perhaps this wouldn’t happen so much if God had simply handed us a book of rules. But He didn’t. There is much to learn by submitting to God’s word, even when a loud-mouth man is the one speaking and defending it. So, for what it’s worth, God does speak to the subject at hand, if not by bare rules, by giving us something to ponder: 1 Peter 3:1-6; 1 Timothy 2:8-15. How might these words enlighten us as we interact even outside the marital union and the divine service?

  4. @James Warble #3

    You having a little fun with those “braided hair” passages, Mr. Warble? 🙂

    I must tell you; braided hair is not the evidence of wealth and leisure was in Paul’s time. It was saving me $50 a week to do it myself, forty years ago in Houston; that’s why I went back to it, after some years of conventional hair styles (which did fine in NJ but not in Houston humidity). I don’t even ask what a shampoo and set, or a permanent wave, costs in the 21st century…. I don’t want to know!

    I’ll let you know when I start braiding pearls and gold trinkets into it. LOL!
    [At $1800 an oz for gold, it won’t be anytime soon.] 🙁

  5. @James #47- No, you have not offended me. I am seriously wondering if you are a troll. Not the kind that lives under a bridge, but the kind that posts on message boards just to stir stuff up. From my LCMS Survivor vantage point, you seem to take things that are accepted ideas on this site and then force them to the extreme- to the point that you appear to have unnerved some of the most ardent traditionalists. It’s been fun reading your comments on various threads because you point out the hypocrisy and self-righteousness in others by using their own rules against them. While I think it is hilarious, I am never sure if done intentionally or not. Sometimes I am positive you are lampooning the extremists, but sometimes I think you are genuine.
    Either way, keep posting!

  6. DonnaNobleSmith :
    Seriously- it is illegal for you to use gender as a factor in hiring.



    My son recently had a conversation with a female engineer who told him she interviewed with six companies when she graduated and was offered a job by every one of them. There is a ton of pressure to hire “underrepresented” women etc. I told my son, not to expect to have the same experience because companies don’t need to prove that they have not discriminated against white male engineers.

    There is a great big fat thumb on the scale in favor of women in the hiring process (well, except in Silicon Valley, but they are friends with all the right people, so they are special).

  7. @Mrs. Hume #6
    There is a great big fat thumb on the scale in favor of women in the hiring process…

    That thumb is heavy in a number of other areas. My son said he was fortunate [when applying for a Forest Service job] to have a few points for veteran status, but they didn’t equal the points against him for his northern European face. And he wondered if he should change his surname….

    We had a young woman file a lawsuit against UT recently because she alleged that she was discriminated against in admission, for being Caucasian. Diversity is the by-word in the universities.

    @DonnaNobleSmith #5
    but sometimes I think you are genuine

    I think he’s genuine, Donna. I had old uncles like that. One referred to his wife [in German] as “es” (which means “it”). Women were so far below men, they weren’t really people.
    [One would think God created Eve out of the sole of Adam’s foot. Or that Christ didn’t die to redeem us both from the sin of Adam and Eve.]

    In another generation, they argued against the use of painkiller in childbirth; “it was against God’s order to Eve”. Logically, then, all men should be out pulling thorns and thistles. How often have you heard them make that argument!? 🙁

  8. @helen #7

    Helen, what have I said that gave any impression whatsoever that I believe women to be less valuable than men or somehow subhuman? I defend the order of creation. You mock my defense. But without the order of creation, both men and women are animals. It is no wonder that feminism has wrought such savagery in our culture.

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