Harrison Paper Brings A Record Day for the Website – You Can Make a Difference by Passing it On

We had 203 new readers come to the BJS website yesterday. That is our highest one day total since we started back on June 25. We also had a total of 1,443 unique visitors come to the site yesterday. That is our second highest one day total, second only to the day after the task force proposals on structure were released back in August. We have added over 3,000 new readers in the last four weeks and have had somewhere in the neighborhood of over 12,000 total unique visitors since we came online. Maybe most impressive of all is that we had 701 downloads of Harrison’s pdf, It’s Time, yesterday.

Most of this readership has come because of you. As you know, most website growth is due to the viral character of the internet and we ask you to spread the virus even farther and faster today. Whether you agree or disagree with Matt Harrison, his thesis needs to get out to as many Lutherans as possible, particularly LCMS Lutherans. That is in your hands. Please take some time today and pass this website on to your pastor, elders, friends, acquaintances and fellow church members, whether they are confessional or not. They do not have to agree with everything written on this website but they deserve the chance to read it and consider it. Having done so, hopefully the message of Bible-believing, Christ-centered, cross-focused, traditional, confessional Lutheranism will begin to resonate with them.

Pastor Rossow

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.


Harrison Paper Brings A Record Day for the Website – You Can Make a Difference by Passing it On — 1 Comment

  1. Have yet to finish Matthew Harrison’s “It’s Time” – but what I have read so far seems very good. Even just to stir up the subject can only be met with positive results. How can any such article possibly make the situation worse? Was perhaps the warm up chorus to the eulogy.

    I served in LCMS-WM as a career missionary for 10+ years – and was in recent years the Regional Business Manager (RBM) for Africa Region. As the ‘numbers guy’ for Africa Region I can tell you that the problems in LCMS-WM were without a doubt HUGE. There does indeed need to be a complete overhaul of our church’s mission department – even to the extend of where it buys its paperclips. It may however simply be too late as the realities soaking in now should have occurred 2 maybe even 3 years ago. For example we knew in Nov 2006 (8 months before the fiscal year started) that Africa Region would be overrun by $650,000 (on top of the $2.3 million budgeted) – leadership was informed about it – but opted to do absolutely nothing about it….the list of other is very long.

    Competition between Mission agencies if fierce. If you cant keep you administrative cost down donors simply take their donations elsewhere – pure and simple. Supply and demand. Even the LCMS-WM Director of Finance once admitted that the admin index was 21%. The actual numbers from even 2 years ago showed that it could be as high as 60+%. That just doesnt fly for any mission organization – even if it is 21% (which it isnt).

    Quite frankly -What is being stirred up now should have been done 2+ years ago. How many other missionaries such as myself have to resign before there is an ‘awakening’ – and at all levels of the Church – individual member to highest of leader.

    Continuing on in His service

    Brent Friedrichs
    Executive Director – Mission Consults
    Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
    …former Regional Business Manager (RBM) – LCMS-WM – Africa Region

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