News of ACELC and COP Meeting in St. Louis

Editor’s Note: A group known as the Association of Confessing Evangelical Lutheran Congregations (ACELC) released a statement to the synod a few weeks ago calling for repentance. The LCMS Council of Presidents (District Presidents, Synod President, and the Vice Presidents) discussed the statement which led to a meeting between three members of the COP and three members of the ACELC steering group. Here are the brief notes they agreed to publish. May this and other efforts continue to bring theological unity to our synod.

Report of the “Group of Six” – (Richard Bolland, Daniel Bremer, Ray Mirly – Missouri DP, Herbert Mueller – 1st VP, Drew Newman, Russ Sommerfeld – Nebraska DP)
1. We met in St. Louis October 1, 2010, and had fraternal discussion.

2. All six agree we have theological issues that need to be discussed under the Word of God.

3. The way we pastors talk and think about one another needs also to be brought under the Word of God.

4. Together we seek and support a process of the whole Synod to come to agreement on and to resolve these issues under the word of God

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.


News of ACELC and COP Meeting in St. Louis — 6 Comments

  1. Pr. Rossow,

    The above is good news for a number of reasons. The first is that the ACELC steering committee decided to form a “loose association” (not a legal entity) from which to confess our faith. Secondly, they have actively sought after discussion with the synod since Harrison’s election in order to deal with the errors they have listed. These are all good things and certainly not the marks of a “schismatic” group as some have falsely accused them of.

    I think we could see more good things come from the ACELC and like minded groups in the future where needed. We have to remember that SP Harrison is not able to single handedly reform our synod. He will need all the help he can get and I think he understands that.

    I should say the above is from my understanding… I do not sit on the ACELC steering committee and as a single layman I can’t be a member of their association, so can’t speak for them.

  2. Mr. Pierce,

    I do not recall anyone, anywhere, writing or saying that to form a loose association rather than a legal entity is the mark of a schismatic group.

    I do not recall anyone, anywhere, writing or saying that to actively seek after discussion is the mark of a schismatic group.

    BTW, I do not think your phrase “lose association” was a Freudian slip. 🙂

  3. The report is not at all definitive. It will be interesting to see what specifics they arrive at and what action steps are agreed to and implemented. We have an inordinate faith in talks and meetings and little desire for a sense of urgency and action. We have watched many of these issues “discussed’ for years.

  4. Is this all it takes to get a hearing with the COP? Maybe I’ll see if I can round up a couple dozen or so other discontented yoke-fellows to see if we can arrange a visit too. 🙂

    “And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to [David]. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.” (1 Samuel 22:2)

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