TCN Troubles in the Congregation: A Godly Exchange Between Necessarily Rough Dan and a Struggling Parish Board Chairman, by Pr. Rossow

Yesterday a comment was posted here that sends chills up your spine making us realize how TCN is preying upon naive parishes. The chill was taken off however by a great response from another of our regular readers, Dan from Necessary Roughness.

Seeing a public exchange like the following is exactly why we made a decision early on here at BJS to try to become a go-to place for Lutheran news and commentary. It truly warms our hearts that we can be a part of the solution to the problem of a synod gone crazy with business, sociologocal and psychological principles while our God’s loving monergism and grace is pushed aside. Thanks Ron and Dan.

Here is the first comment:

Price of Peace in Douglasville Ga is in the information gathering part of the TCN process. The presentation to our congregation was similar to what I see used in business to eliminate opposition and to emotionally drive consent. After reading the required questions and list of needed documentation, I really knew something was wrong. I looked on-line at the first six churches with TCN prescriptions posted. Instead of a unique set of recommendations, each had the same concepts built in with the suspension of the constitution as central goal. I have sent an e-mail to our Pastor, Church Board and Board of Elders voicing my concerns about this program. I became Chairman of our board after the TCN resolution passed . Please pray for my church. Any advice you can give me in how to say “the truth in love” will be greatly appreciated.


Here is Dan’s response:

Praying for you, Ronald. I only know of one success where the laypeople and elders rose up and stopped TCN when the pastor was fiddling with it.

Find Scott Diekmann’s materials on his blog, Stand Firm, here, and other places. TCN takes advantage of poorly catechized laity and pastors preaching something other than killing Law and reviving Gospel to foment distrust in the Word and make the congregation worldly. Get informed, and speak to them in love, that you are concerned that these changes will distort the truth about how Christ works in our lives.

Praying for you.


Both comments can be found by clicking here.

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.


TCN Troubles in the Congregation: A Godly Exchange Between Necessarily Rough Dan and a Struggling Parish Board Chairman, by Pr. Rossow — 54 Comments

  1. I can’t open that file, but what I can see, is in this report, what, they have thrown out. They have chosen to throw out the Inperishables, and kept that which is perishable. Meat, milk, bread (flesh) has been kept & that which is Spirit, is no longer valued, requested, nor required. They weigh all things now by gain, worldly gain that is.

  2. Scott Diekmann wins the drink with Johannes! See his post #17 under “New and Disturbing…” Of course, he had a head start.

    That doesn’t mean I won’t tip one or two with anyone from this group that attends the Good Shepherd Institute at FW. Look for a senior citizen carrying the music to Bach Cantata #106, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit” on Sunday. Tell you what–I’ll carry it around for the entire time.

  3. I’m glad for Scott!!! Have a wee dram for Dutch will you? Much to discuss down there, & I wager ya’ll may have a wee need. Cheers Johannes!

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