New Confessions Reading Groups Added in Bolingbrook, IL, Steger IL, and in Chico, CA, by Pr. Rossow

We are happy to announce the addition of three more confessions study groups, one in California for pastors and two in Illinois for local congregations. The new clergy group is #3 on the list and the two new congregation groups are #’s 25 and 26. To see the entire list click here. (It is found on the “Confessional Growth” page of the website.)


While the Ablaze ticker is counting evangelism encounters, we here at BJS will be counting confessions reading groups. Each time someone reports to us an existing or a new confessions reading group we will add to the ticker.


Number of Confessional Groups Counted as of June 12, 2008




The “ticker” is on the way up!


Number of Confessional Groups Counted as of September 9, 2009



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.


New Confessions Reading Groups Added in Bolingbrook, IL, Steger IL, and in Chico, CA, by Pr. Rossow — 15 Comments

  1. Psst….Pr. Rossow, I think you may have missed the emails about the BoC group in Seymour, IN led by Pr. Daniel Lepley of Redeemer Lutheran Church. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tues. of each month @ 8:00pm. We are currently studying the Apology. For more info call Pr. Lepley at (812)522-1837 or email me.

  2. I don’t know what we have to do to get added to the list. I’ve sent in our information before, and we’ve been meeting all year.

    St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bonne Terre, Missouri
    Book of Concord Reading Group: Mondays (usually), 9:30-11:00 a.m.
    340 Summit St, Bonne Terre MO 63628, (573) 358-3105
    Pastor Charles Henrickson

  3. Ahh…question, can someone please list any in SW district or Minneapolis Metro North? Are WELS welcome to these? Or is not echt for a WELS to come? How we all( not just me, Dutch but many more who are rather shy in posting but do read BJS) here, we do so miss “our” Missouri.

  4. Dutch,

    I attended a study group in SoCal that was mixed Missouri and as ELS pastor, and I attended another here in the Midwest that was mixed Lutherans. If you are WELS (I grew up WELS) you may need to refrain from the Matins Service to avoid unionism.

  5. Dutch,

    I think that every one of these groups would welcome a WELS member. As to Southern, MN, all I know of are what are listed here (plus the two in the commnets above that I need to get listed).


  6. I likewise sent ours in nearly a year ago:

    St Paul’s Lutheran Church
    100 E Michigan St
    Evansville IN
    Pastor Walt Ullman 812-422-5414
    Mondays at 11:30 – 12:30

    We went through the AC during the past year, currently finishing up the 10 Commandments in the LC.

  7. Jim,

    Glad to hear about your group (again). I will post a new list tomorrow with yours and the other two listed above.


  8. Pr. Rossow,

    Messiah Lutheran Church in Seattle will begin our confessions reading group Monday the 21st. The contact is Pr. Ernie Lassman.

    Messiah Lutheran
    7050 35th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 524-0024

  9. Pr. Rossow,

    Messiah Lutheran in Seattle will start our confessions reading group on Monday the 21st at 7:00 PM

    Pr. Ernie Lassman
    Messiah Lutheran
    7050 35th Avenue NE
    Seattle, WA 98115
    (206) 524-0024

  10. THANKS to all who are reporting their reading groups. I’m building this into a database, making it easier to manage. Keep the listings coming, and they should show up shortly.

    Nice looking map coming shortly!


  11. OK .. I have the map operational. Take a look at it; you will need to update it frequently as I’m now entering data into it. If your Reading Group is listed, and you want the information updated, please contact me (there is a Contact Us link on the page).

    The map is found here. As soon as I get all the groups added I’ll add links to it from the Confessional Reading Group pages on this site.

    By the way .. I’m locating these by what appears to be the correct location; if I have it wrong (zoom in one your readng group, see exactly where it’s located on the satellite map), please tell me.

  12. Mr. Fisher, Thank you. The map is a GREAT idea.
    I am curious though, does anyone know how many groups on the list were started before BJS went online and how many as a result of BJS? For example, the group from Seymour, IN was started on the way home from the BJS conference in Feb. when Pastor Lepley, myself and a fellow layman discussed the formation of the group. We now have an average of 14-18 participants representing 4 different local congregations.

  13. Smalltown Lutheran,

    When we first started it was about 50/50. Now I would say that roughly 2/3 of the list have been started since BJS began.

    This is certainly our best work as a group. Thanks be to God!


  14. None in South WI or Minneapolis Metro area? Bummer, great map though, Mr. Fisher!!!! My “ecclesiastical supervisor” can’t be the only ones, can we?!
    Hint, hint, nudge, nudge, wink, wink, hope someone says more!

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