Top Ten Bad Jobs in the Synod If you are a Confessional Lutheran

(From Pr. Preus)

10. Overseas missionary. Really bad job security.

9. Any one whose sole job is working for Fan into Flame. “How do you explain that two year gap in your resume during the years 2007-2009?”

8. Executive director of Concordia Historical Institute. Really bad job security.

7. Seminary professor at Ft. Wayne without tenure. How would you like to know that your future depended upon Wayne Graumann, John Kieschnick and David Buegler – all Jesus First supporters?

6. Seminary professor at either seminary. How would you like to have a job where you had to gulp hard, plug your nose and say nothing negative about Ablaze?

5.           Mega church pastor. The pressure of weekly performance and growth should generate NFL and Rock star salaries, and you are making only $120,000.

4.           First lady. Turns out you can’t say anything from the pulpit without getting hammered.

3.           Confessional talk show host. Really bad job security.

2.           Executive Director to the Board of Communications Services. One day you’re respected. The next day you’re not. Ouch! And all of that for someone who will never reciprocate.

1.           Synod’s treasurer. “You spent what on travel for your wife? You spent that on consultants? You want me to sell that? I can’t possibly balance that! You fired who?”

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.


Top Ten Bad Jobs in the Synod If you are a Confessional Lutheran — 11 Comments

  1. C. V.,

    I am assuming the silly and falacious “gun-Bible study” was published by CPH. That is incredible. What year was that published? I noticed the study it quoted was from 1994 so I guess it was sometime after that. Was it part of a larger youth Bible study series? Thank you for pointing out such nonsense that we should not tolerate coming from our publishing house.

    Overall, I am pleased with the great improvements made since Paul McCain came to CPH but that one certainly slipped through the cracks. Hopefully it was pre-McCain.

    Also I can’t resist saying that unlike you I would probably not use my gun to shoot Wilhelm Loehe if he showed up at my church 🙂 . I would give him the recently republished Walther materials (“The Form of the Christian Congregation…” etc.), republished thanks to Paul McCain I am sure, but shoot him, no.

    Pastor Rossow

  2. Loehe, in my opinion, made some positive additions to the missiology of his day. Among these were:

    1) Loehe trained and prepared missionaries before sending them to the mission area.

    2) Promoted pastor/teacher training in mission area. (Ft. Wayne Sem, Wartburg, etc)

    3) The missionaries were clergy and gave their lives to the mission, they immigrated and stayed till they died.

    4) The missionaries were sent primarily to gather immigrant Germans, but also to looked Native Americans.

    5) Financial help from Germany was not 100% coverage, and was temporary, in time the resulting congregations supported the workers.

    5) Discussion about Loehe emphasizes his mission zeal, his pietism and theology, not not much about the nuts and bolts of the financial arrangements or his method for funding mission, outside of his letters, tracts, mission groups, etc.

    Any help here for the LCMS World Mission?

  3. “First lady. Turns out you can’t say anything from the pulpit without getting hammered.”

    hee hee hee hee hee…

    2.0.1. Editor of “The Lutheran Witness.” Especially if you are also a journalist by trade and training. Then you’re twice in jeopardy – first by being confessional, and second by being pledged to report accurately and objectively. That last one may not affect job security but it certainly would result in an amount of professional self-loathing.

  4. That’s why, under this Administration, there will BE NO confessional Editor of the Witless.

  5. 2.1 DNIS … Director of News and Information Services is such a potentially hazardous job that it hasn’t been filled for several years.

  6. #6 rev. Preus. you’re coming here to the philippines in september to conduct continuing education for the pastors of our synod. i’m one of those pastors, and, i think, the only one who opposes ABLAZE. heads up!
    (Nagel: “numbers and measuring are of the law.”)

  7. Somewhere in the top three: DCO (Director of Christian Outreach).

    Phase I – Congregation lays out its expectations, which include all of the “latest” (i.e. > 10 years old) Church Growth paradigms.

    Phase II – Pastor admonishes you for focusing too much on doctrine in youth Bible studies, writings, etc.

    Phase III – Charges of “too unloving” surface.

    Phase IV – Congregation decides to eliminate staff position (i.e. yours) for “financial reasons.”

    Phase V – Pack up and move. (Again.)

  8. Tom,

    I am sorry you had to go through this tentatio. I have had to undergo similar tentatio. Thanks for remaining steadfast and for being a DCO who actually gets it. Confessional does not mean that we despise evangelsim, just that we do it in a scriptural way.

    Pastor Rossow

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