The following was posted in the daily announcements at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis:
Monday, October 12 from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. in Werner. Guest Speaker will be Dr. Terry Tieman, Executive Director of the Transforming Congregations Network and who is on The LCMS Task Force on Church Revitalization. Dr. Utech has requested that ALL 4th year students attend this presentation since some of them may be called to churches that have plateaued or have declining membership. This presentation is open to all on campus.
As we have reported and taught on this website the Transforming Congregations Network promotes the heterodox teaching that the church can be revitalized by secular methods outside of the Word of God.
This is quite a Columbus day for the young skulls of mush at the seminary. They are being led to all sorts of dazzling new worlds of thought that are making their conserving forefathers like Luther, Chemnitz and Walther roll in their graves. Our Grandfather’s church, except for the brief and sad chapter of Pietism, did not accept the claims that the right parish structure and use of the proper tecniques would grow and revitalize the church. Folks like Terry Tieman and President Kieschnick, well intentioned as they may be, are leading the church back into the false teachings of pietism, errors that the church has already rejected.
Our own columnist Scott Diekmann, who also runs his own blog (Stand Firm) has posted a great series on this site demonstrating the problems with the Transforming Churches Network. Click here for his column (page down to his May 30 column and the previous 8 posts for the series) or click here for the pdf of this same excellent series.
This is a sad, new day of discovery for the LCMS, as these false new worlds are opened up to unsuspecting seminarians.