BJS Newsreel – Two Different Approaches to the Future of the LCMS: Recap, Photos and Audio of BJS Joint Chapter Gathering in Naperville

On Saturday, October 23, two Chicago area chapters of The Brothers of John the Steadfast got together for a manly breakfast and a manly discussion of the future of the LCMS. Fifty-one people from five different churches were in attendance, mostly from the two host chapters, St. Paul, Lockport and Bethany Naperville.

The group heard from a panel consisting of Rev. Roger Gallup (Bethlehem Lutheran Church, River Grove, Illinois), Cantor Phillip Magness (Bethany, Naperville) and Rev. Tim Rossow (Bethany, Naperville). Rev. Rossow functioned as the moderator but also contributed to the discussion. Rev. Gallup and Cantor Magness offered unique perspectives on the future of the LCMS. Rev. Gallup used his encyclopedic knowledge of the synod and its various groups as a basis for looking to what lies ahead. Cantor Magness on the other hand, used President Harrison’s new triad of themes (Witness, Mercy, Life Together) as the basis for the optimistic picture he painted of the future of the LCMS.

Rev. Gallup opened the discussion with an insightful analysis of the different “political” groups within the synod, how they have functioned in the past and how they might stack up in the future. The opening ten minutes that he spent in front of the chalkboard outlining those groups was priceless. (An audio tape of the conference is attached to this post.)

Overall, it was a great morning of BJS fellowship and learning. Stay tuned here to the blogsite for more updates on chapter happenings around the country.


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.


BJS Newsreel – Two Different Approaches to the Future of the LCMS: Recap, Photos and Audio of BJS Joint Chapter Gathering in Naperville — 8 Comments

  1. Informative audio. I do hope that Harrison being pastoral/theological (as opposed to bereaucratic) that he lead lead and encourage a change in atitude within synod. Hopefully with catechisation, particularly in worship, the koinania project will bear fruit.

  2. Rose,

    I left St. Paul’s after first grade and moved to St. Paul’s in Webster City, Iowa and from there to Trinity, Algona in fifth grade. I will ask my mother about the Bibles. My brother was in fourth grade when we left. I had numerous first cousins: Wilshusens (sp?), Smiths, Irwins, Priests, Angels (yes, priests and angels). My grandfather ran the local Skelly Gas Station, then the DX over by the mall.


  3. Thanks for taping the gathering.

    I enjoyed the panelist’s statements and the questions/comments from the audience. And, of course, the opening five minute (!!) history of the LCMS. Good quality recording.

    Next time, consider recording it live and let people call in with questions and comments. : )

    God’s Blessings,
    Ginny Valleau

  4. BTW, the breakfast was FABULOUS. Our man Brad Perry and his team can really cook!

    Those of you who have been to BJS conferences know that Bethany always does its best to feed people well. It’s part of the “Higher Things for Adults” mojo we work on: “Real Study. Real Worship. Real Fun.”

    The food is part of the real fun: “manly” breakfasts and things the famous pizza contest we had last year.

    Be sure to join us in February for the next conference – where the “real study” will include hearing presentations by President Harrison and Rev. James May (Lutherans in Africa).

  5. Distributing copies of “It’s Time” and “At Home in the House of My Fathers” to fellow delegates at the BRTFSSG meetings were also significant aspects of the eventual happy outcome. It was quite fun, actually, doing that under the very nose of those who thought they had it all wrapped up:)

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