Why Can’t the LCMS be Managed with Fiscal Efficiency Like the Augustana Ministerium?

(Editor’s Note: This is a comment from another string. It is Pastor Stefanski’s response (comment#25) to a request to have more of the Ministerium’s dues go to support for their cause. We here at BJS admire the work of the Ministerium and encourage you to take a closer look.)

Okay, folks, here is what I have to report: The Augustana Ministerium collected $40.00 as dues from each member of The Augustana Confraternity. This $40 was specifically collected to pay for administrative needs—paying for the mailing of the Confraternity’s newsletter (so that members would have something to show others who might be interested in TAM’s/TAC’s support of pastors and congregations) and funding the theological conference. In return, TAC members had free admission to the Theological Conference and Plenary, the newsletter (promised as a quarterly, but so far a bi-monthly), and various ‘intangibles’.

As of this afternoon, it was determined that ONLY $5.00 of each member’s dues would be needed for such administrative purposes, so that $35.00 of each member’s dues would be redirected to the mission and emergency aid fund.

How’s that for guys who don’t know how to function as bureaucrats?!? Instead of, e.g., using the interest from undistributed disaster aid to fund synodical flunkies’ salaries instead of directing it back to the Human Care and World Relief account as decent ethics would demand, the Ministerium’s Administrative Council is saying, “We’ve been able to function on less than 15% of what you’ve given for us to use, so we’re going to put that 85+% where you really wanted it to go, anyway: the direct support of pastors so that they can continue to bring the Gospel to the lambs and sheep of Christ.”

The Administrative Council wishes to express its thanks to Mr. Schenks and all the other members of the Confraternity for having trusted us to ‘get the most bang for your buck’, and we ask you to pray with us that the Lord would grant it that we may always be so blessed as to operate in this way.

The Administrative Council also approved our 2009 Spending Guideline today, which calls for $20,000.00 in direct aid to pastors of missions and struggling congregations and $30,000.00 in emergency aid to pastors—double what we were able to give in 2008. We hope that you will consider supporting this effort to take care of God’s servants so that they are able to take care of His flock. Please visit us at our website…and also at our blog, where you can find our latest news and other articles of interest.

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.

Comments

Why Can’t the LCMS be Managed with Fiscal Efficiency Like the Augustana Ministerium? — 8 Comments

  1. Seriously, a support organization for confessional Lutheran pastor – remember the work of the Augustana Ministerium in your personal offerings, church budgets, and encourage fellow confessional pastors to join.

  2. Already a member & trying to donate as best I can throughout the year. I remember what it was like being on CRM but at least God blessed me with a wife who could support me. I feel for the guys who are short on income, especially if they have children.

  3. Pastor Frahmn wrote: “I feel for the guys who are short on income, especially if they have children.”

    And there are a bunch, to be sure. I know a few of them and they are worthy. They are faithful servants of Jesus Christ. They are doing the absolutely best they can do in their parishes under sometimes hostile situations which would destroy lesser men. We cannot do too much for The Augustana Ministerium and Confraternity which assists these men – unlike, I might add the LCMS that would remove them from the roster if they declared bankruptcy through no fault of their own.

    It’s soon to be Christmas – thank God for faithful pastors this season and if possible help the Confraternity help pastors who are in the trenches.

  4. Elnathan said, ‘”Pastor Frahmn wrote: “I feel for the guys who are short on income, especially if they have children.”’

    Actually I said that, Elnathan. But no problem. I would guess that Pastor Frahmn feels pretty similar. 🙂

  5. Well,. . . . Ok – sorry for ascribing it to the wrong person – I guess he SHOULD has said it as he posted before you and we know you confessional guys all think alike. That’s it! He thought it, but let you post it. Yeah! All’s well again in my little world! Honey, where are my happy pills?

  6. Dear Eric,
    You guys can be frugal because you aren’t living up to the “Joneses”, (aka elca bishops).

    Also, you’ve “been there, done that” [or know someone well, who has] so you know how it feels to get kicked around and need a little help.

    God bless the work!

  7. Excellent post! I joined TAM last May after I entered into CRM Status. My wife was able to support us through our CRM exile. As many of you have noted already, some of our brothers are CRM and barely scraping by. I was recently called to a confessional congregation in Texas and one thing I hope to accomplish is more awareness and support for The Augustana Ministerium down here. I hope to be able to make the 2009 meeting in Kearney Mo again.

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