LCMS 2010 Convention Resolution 2-01

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To Continue to Support Children’s Ministry, Family Ministry, School Ministry, Singles Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, and Youth Ministry

RESOLUTION 2-01

Report 2-01 (CW, pp. 39–43); Overtures 2-21–25 (CW, pp. 161–163)

WHEREAS, God desires all people to be saved (1 Tim. 2:3–4); and

WHEREAS, The LCMS has in the past placed high emphasis on children’s, family, school, singles, stewardship, and youth ministries, providing staffing and funding; and

WHEREAS, These national ministries have provided significant leadership and resources to districts and congregations; therefore be it

Resolved, That the LCMS continue to recognize the importance of supporting these ministries for the future growth of Christ’s church.

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.

Comments

LCMS 2010 Convention Resolution 2-01 — 3 Comments

  1. Resolution 2-01. Over the past 15 years since DCS was create in 1995, a group of individuals has been forgotten. The current Floor Committee corrected this by adding Singles Ministry as a separate ministry. (Family implies a group of 2 or more individuals.)

    Considering that there are over 110 million single adults in the US, I am encourage by their inclusion of single adults as a separate ministry – which according to the resolution from the 1995 Convention should have been there all along. For a while even though singles were not listed, we were included as part of Family ministry – that seems to have been dropped in the past couple of years.

    Just recognizing that we exist would be a great boost to our ministry. All too often we have to spend a lot of our ministry time convincing Pastors that singles exist, that we do have unique needs and culture, and that we should share the Gospel with singles as well.

    If this Resolution passes and if the DCS is disbanded – at least we can point to the fact that LC-MS does recognize singles. We at the Lutheran Singles Association will continue to work thru our volunteers to spread the Gospel to all the singles in the US. (Stop by our booth at the LCMS Convention to find out what we are doing).

    I would encourage everyone on all sides of the “Political” spectrum to prayerfully support this Resolution.

  2. Do you mean singles as never married or singles as widows or widowers? It is kind of confusing to understand just why a singles ministry would be different, but I am truly interested in some information.

    We seem to be dividing our congregations by labels these days which is also confusing to me. We have teen ministries, preteen ministries, college age ministries, singles, single moms (not saying whether unmarried or divorced or widowed) young adult, young married adult, mothers of preschoolers, parents of college age kids, older adults and seniors, snow birds, divorced members, alcoholic ministries, abortion ministries, career path ministries, dinner groups, small discussion groups, and on and on and on. I am old enough to remember when we just went to church and that was pretty much it. Understand, I am not saying this is wrong, I just find this splitting of the congregation doesn’t seem to point to unity so much. What if you cannot define yourself? Are you out of the loop? Just kidding, but you get my point. 🙂

  3. @lutheranlady #2
    I do understand your meaning that we can label ourselves to death – but it is a fact of life that we do separate people in our congregations. Even when I was growing up in a small rural church, we separate people by ages. There was Nursery, Sunday School Age, Confirmation Age, then Adults. Those that were in the adult age that were married celebrated Weddings, Anniversaries, Baptisms of Children, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day. But what about people who remained single? I know of inidividuals that have a hard time attending on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day as singles. Sermons were generally about family experiences – nothing ever said about life as a single.

    Our organization serves all singles and those living a singles lifestyle.
    All too often our congregations have a family ministry, mom & me ministry, etc.
    Take a look at the bulletin from your congregation – is there a ministry where a single man or women can attend with out being called a “Spare” or feel like a 5th wheel? Some of our members report that they have gone to their pastors about this and been told that they are focusing on “families” and singles can go to a different congregation if they choose. Shocking isn’t it.

    LSA serves people that are never married, divorced, widows, widowers, and what about those people who are married but their spouse is in a nursing home. We have a member who didn’t feel right going to couple’s bible study without her spouse – so she came to ours. LCMS has ministries for people who are behind bars and in prison – but what about the married person who is left outside – sometimes having to be on their own for the first time. We serve them as well.

    How do you deal with the feelings of rejection of never married singles? or the anger of divorce? or the grief of widowhood? the fear of being alone and isolated? These are some of the issues we deal with in singles ministry.

    How many times do we hear about people who have died alone in their homes – and no one realized it for days, weeks, and unfortunately sometimes months. The question is: who’s congregation did they belong to? where are they spending eternity?

    Being single has it’s own unique challenges (as does being married). If a congregation is going to have family ministries – it needs to have singles ministry as well. No one should be left out.

    Again, there is much more I can say on single’s ministry. With over 100million people that are single and the LCMS with only 2.4 million in membership – maybe it’s time to consider single’s ministry.

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