Authentic Lutheran Ecumenical Dialogue – A New Confessions Reading Group for Pastors in Minnesota

We were pleased to recieve  an e-mail the other day which  describes a pastors confessions reading group involving Lutheran clergy of many stripes. When Lutherans from different denominations gather together around the Lutheran Confessions that is authentic ecumenical work.

On our Confessions Reading Group tote board we track reading groups consisting of laity, pastors and laity, pastors leading laity and groups of pastors only. We are pleased to add this group to our list and encourage you to start a group in your congregation or region.

Here is the text of the e-mail:

Rev. Rossow,


I would like to let you know of a confessions reading group that has been going on for the past five months.   An ELS pastor and I started it, and only pastors attend it.   We invite all “Lutheran” pastors to come, and we have had regular attendance from the local ELCA pastor, the Lutheran Brethren pastor, a free Lutheran (AFLC) pastor, and another LCMS pastor.   It will be expanding in the near future to include more “Lutheran” pastors as well.   We have been reading the Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord.   We figured that the local community ministerium was laughable as an ecumenical device, so we gathered those together who at least claim to speak the same language and been reading something that we all give credence to.   This has been a great thing, and a couple of pastors have really appreciated it (some hadn’t read the Formula since their seminary days way back).


The study has yielded some great theological discussions, and even some actual fraternity among the pastors involved.




Rev. Joshua V. Scheer

Pastor, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

Bagley, MN

Bagley is in Northwest Minnesota on U.S. Highway 2 a few hours from the twin cities.

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.


Authentic Lutheran Ecumenical Dialogue – A New Confessions Reading Group for Pastors in Minnesota — 1 Comment

  1. We have a Lutheran Confessions study group on the Wittenberg Trail. There are now 81 members, from all over the USA, as well as from Lebanon, Japan, Canada, the Netherlands,and the Philippines. They come from the LCMS, ELCA, WELS, ELS, ACLC, and Lutheran Brethren that I know of. Who knows, maybe some others, too. I think that it is so great to have Lutherans of all the different synods study together (of course, not everyone contributes to the discussions) This takes us back to before there were all these different church bodies, to when we were all just Lutheran. Hopefully to where we can come to common ground. The truth of the Holy Scripture.

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