Never before have I gotten so many e-mails suggesting that a story be posted on BJS like this one that is spreading like wildfire throughout the Lutheran blogosphere. The Minnesota South District of the LCMS has plans to sell the University Chapel.
I have a call into the president of the district, Lane Seitz to get his take on the matter. He was in a staff meeting and so I left a message asking for a return call.
For more information on the proposed mission plan that would sell the church you can click here. There is a well documented case being made that such a sale would not be in the best interest of the church and of confessional Lutheranism. I know that the chapel has been a seat of confessional Lutheranism for as long as I can remember, going back a few years when Pr. John Pless was the pastor, now a professor at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
These are difficult financial days for the church which call for drastic measures. This however, looks like a plan to replace a good solid Lutheran presence with numerous smaller, less traditional Lutheran outposts. We welcome your insights and opinions below.