Strong and Good Move by the LCMS in the Kenyan Lutheran Church, by Pr. Rossow

After my trip to Africa in January I have been writing about strengths and weaknesses that I saw in the church there. This post is an interjection of breaking news into that series. A letter is being circulated among the Lutheran Church in Kenya (ELCK) that documents a strong and good decision from the LCMS.

The letter states that the LCMS has refused a request from Presiding Bishop Obare to fund his proposed electoral convention later this month. The reasons given are two-fold. The first reason is because the ELCK is an independent church and should be able to fund its own conventions. That is an excellent and Godly rationale. The second reason stated in the letter is that the LCMS is convinced that any past funding of this sort of thing has not resulted in unity in the church but that there is a rise of division in the ELCK.

Those that I believe are fighting for true peace and unity in the ELCK are greatly encouraged by this letter. This is a huge and positive development for which they thank God. In part this is a huge development because those same people have documented to me over and over how the Presiding Bishop has used funds given to him by international church bodies to give food stuffs and even cash to those who will come to the electoral conventions and support him.

On a side note, the Lutheran Church of Finland has also denied a request for funds for this convention.

This is a strong and good move. I do not know if President Harrison was involved or not but he gets the credit for this strong and positive decision.

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.


Strong and Good Move by the LCMS in the Kenyan Lutheran Church, by Pr. Rossow — 2 Comments

  1. The timing came at the right time! I pray that more drastic steps like this one be meted upon our ELCK Black Sheep.

  2. “On a side note, the Lutheran Church of Finland has also denied a request for funds for this convention.”
    This note may not be absolutely correct. As far as I know, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland does not have any direct links to ELCK, but there are Mission Organizations such as the Lutheran Evangelical Association in Finland (LEAF) and its sister organization Swedish Lutheran Evangelical Association in Finland (SLEAF) which are official Mission Organizations within the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland. To avoid confusion it is important to be specific.

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