Want to Help Church Workers in Need? Check Out the Soldiers of the Cross Fund, by Pr. Rossow

In the comments on his post yesterday, Joshua Scheer mentioned the need for a fund to support pastors in financial need. Today I noticed on the synod’s website a call for donations to the “Soldiers of the Cross” fund. It has been in existence since 2004 and requests for help are increasing. The fund is currently depleted. We hope BJS readers will consider giving a gift to help them raise their goal of $300,000

By the way, kudos to the president’s staff and the communications department for the series of churchly articles scrolling through the home page of the synod website (http://www.lcms.org/default.asp).

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.


Want to Help Church Workers in Need? Check Out the Soldiers of the Cross Fund, by Pr. Rossow — 4 Comments

  1. I think there is a substantial difference.

    The Augsburg XIV Fund suggested yesterday was to provide vacant churches with a pastor, his salary and benefits.

    The Soldiers of the Cross is an emergency fallback fund where a pastor (in a church or not) who is in dire need can receive support. When it says, “Originally designed to provide short-term help, today Soldiers of the Cross assists church workers who need financial assistance for longer periods,” it does not give much information about these circumstances. I assume it is something along the lines of extended medical care and treatment for things not covered in whatever health plan they are given.

    I get the distinct impression that these two funds are different enough not to cover the same demographic. Perhaps Rev Scheer’s fund idea would fall under this umbrella if adopted at first glance I’m left thinking that the purpose of Soldiers of the Cross is not quite the same as Rev Scheer’s desire. But I’ll let him decide that.

  2. I was given to understand that the older fund was meant to help retirees who had insufficient pensions due to a lifetime of low salaries (and no Social Security) and for their widows, who ended up with even less. Or is that yet another project?

  3. The Soldiers of the Cross fund is a great tool to help pastors in need. Here in the Minnesota North District we have something called the “Sower’s fund” which our District President wonderfully uses to help pastors in need (and it, like the Soldiers fund is often depleted).

    The fund I was talking about would be similar to the old district subsidy program (at least what it once was here in MN) except on a national level. It would be a fund for congregations in need of a pastor (hence AC XIV as the name of it). The idea would be that these congregations need to be served by a pastor and money is needed to support a pastor, so allow other congregations to sacrifice of their own so that another congregation can be provided for.

  4. It is sad that districts have fallen away from supporting needy congregations. That was one of the original purposes for forming the synod. In my experience serving small congregations, $10k would go along way. In most cases $10-15k would cover a congregation. An extra $10k here would put my salary up to where it should be. It seems that for the price of one district level bureaucrat, who of course needs a secretary and a travel budget, we could subsidize 5-10 congregations.

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