The group Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission (CLCC) is sponsoring a two-day conference in Minneapolis next week just prior to the Association of Confessional Lutherans conference at the same venue – the Ramada Inn – Mall of America.
The CLCC conference is on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 3-4. More details on the conference can be viewed here.
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow, Director of the Brothers of John the Steadfast and Administrative Pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church and School – Naperville, Illinois, will be speaking on the importance of reducing the size of parish structure. Here is the thesis of his presentation.
The church has been taken over by a 20th century pagan idea of purpose and programs. This has led to a bloated church structure which leads to two problems: 1) several excess layers of structure that derail the parish from its God-given duties and 2) authority in the church being skewed, placing it in the hands of a few “visionary” leaders rather than in the Word of God, preached and taught by the pastor and received by a laity listening for the true voice of Christ from their shepherds (John 8). Rather than purpose and programs steering the ship, we encourage the church to return to a thinner parish structure based on God-given duties (Walther’s six duties of the local congregation) and built on the authority of God’s word preached in its purity and the sacraments administered according to Christ’s command.