Texas Confessional Lutherans – March 25th at Grace in Brenham, TX by Pr Andrew Simcak.

(Rev. Simcak contributes regularly on behalf of the Texas Confessional Lutherans. The other posts in this column can be found on the Regular Columns page under Texas Confessional Lutherans.)


All of us need to be concerned about some of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG) final recommendations! What are some of the major concerns?

1. All the synodical program boards would be eliminated and replaced with two commissions under the direct supervision and control of the President.

2. The Board for Mission Services and Board for Human Care Ministries would be eliminated and replaced by a “Commission for National Mission” and “Commission for International Mission” to “assist the President” and “advise the President.” Rev. Matthew Harrison is the Executive Director of the Board for Human Care Ministries.

3. No longer will delegates be able to elect whom they think best suited for First Vice President. Delegates would be limited to electing from the President’s list of who he deems “most compatible with his style of leadership and vision.”

4. You will not believe how much power and authority would be transferred to the synodical President. This is my greatest concern!

The above is a small sampling of what some of the 21 recommendations are proposing. We and the remainder of synod need to know what is to be recommended the first two days at synod’s Houston convention (July 10-17).

I strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend our next Texas Confessional Lutherans meeting on Thursday, March 25, from 11AM to 3PM at Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham. Our guest speaker (via phone) will be Rev. Richard Bolland, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO. Copies of the final 21 recommendations of the BRTFSSG will be available for all who attend. There will be ample time for Q & A.

Please invite all delegates (pastor, lay, alternate pastor, alternate lay) to the meeting.

C y’all in Blue Bell country!
Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Texas Confessional Lutherans – March 25th at Grace in Brenham, TX by Pr Andrew Simcak. — 2 Comments

  1. Something to consider:

    Since the speaker will be by phone anyway — you may want to consider opening this conference up via phone to others as well.

    A service such as http://freeconferencecall.com can do this and also record the conversation. It’s free to use, but each participant is responsible for their own long distance (in the current era of free long-distance on many home and cell phones, this probably wouldn’t be a huge issue for most).

    I haven’t reviewed their current offerings too closely, but it’s something to consider at least. I’ve done some test calls with the service and have generally been pleased with the results. They do have a warning about using IP phones, however. So Skype/Google Voice/etc. might cause some problems.

    Anyway – something to think about — if not for this conference, at least possibly for future conferences or even v-conferences.

  2. “Home” participants would miss a very good lunch!

    But since we missed it anyway, a recording would certainly be nice!

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