An Appeal from LCMS Campus Pastors/Workers to Reconsider the Decision on Minnesota Campus Chapel, by Pr. Rossow

Fifty campus pastors, deaconesses and others who do work on various college campuses representing the LCMS have signed a powerful and evangelical letter asking the Board of Directors of the Minnesota South District to reconsider their plans to sell the LCMS student and parish chapel on the grounds of the University of Minnesota.

Click here to read the pdf of this excellent piece of fraternal but challenging ecclesial plea.

For our past posts on this story click here and here.

Click here for information from University Lutheran Chapel.

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.

Comments

An Appeal from LCMS Campus Pastors/Workers to Reconsider the Decision on Minnesota Campus Chapel, by Pr. Rossow — 13 Comments

  1. Let me see, close a confessional thorn in the flesh to a fanatical District President or succumb to pressure from various confessional parties in Synod to keep open a campus ministry which is already paid for?

    If their is no hew and cry from his own district to remove this president if he indeed does close this campus congregation, then he will close it.

    Minnesota South will have to decide if it is Lutheran in name only or if is really a Reformed sect.

  2. This should be put to a vote in the district. It will affect the children of Minnesota for generations, and should not be left to the whims of a few cash strapped bureaucrats.

    The way this was handled is shameful and showed no love for neighbor. What do they need the money for that’s more important? Have they looked at alternatives, like including space in the new construction for ulc? Do they have any provision for the congregation after they make it homeless? Is their plan to replace it with another station for the alley? If Seitz and the board go through with this without any provision for ulc, and abandon a congregation performing such an essential mission, they should be condemned and called to repentance.

    This is looks like payback for confessional overreaching on the alley.

  3. The Minn So district covers only a small portion of the students affected by this.
    It should be a synodical rather than a district decision. If the district’s contribution to the maintenance of ULC is only $15,000, more money has surely been spent on less worthy programs!
    This particular set of officers does not “own” ULC; they hold it in trust for several generations of givers to its support. If they want “church based” centers in some other towns, let them encourage the congregations there to create such centers. ULC doesn’t have to be gutted to do it.

  4. Hi Helen:

    In the Central Illinois District and the Iowa East District there is college campus ministry
    at Big Ten Schools like the University of Illinois and the University of Iowa. These campus
    ministries are funded by the District and therefore the District Conventions have the final
    vote on their finances and staffing. It would seem that is the only way to operate a
    campus ministry

  5. Hi Sandra

    If the campus ministry is an actual incorporated congregation with a constitution and
    church council, then it becomes a different situation. Is this the way ULC operates?

  6. ULC does operate that way, James. That is where it is different from the Mankato campus ministry which is more of a chapel, but still a good thing to keep, IMO.

  7. These campus ministries would be wise to obtain title to their property. Being a renter is no good. It is better to own, than to be beholden to a landlord. The owners could deed the property for $1 or at least sell for a reasonable price to further the kingdom of Christ for young people.

  8. The recently released mns mission plan includes the alley as a proposed campus ministry, even though its a cottage grove church (a halfhour away from any campus). How transparent.

    Way to promote koinonia dp Seitz.

    If they ram this through, confessional mns churches need to call him out.

  9. @Rev. James Knuth #5

    Pr. Knuth,
    In Austin, Texas, the district has installed an entertainment leader (I don’t know if he’s ordained, so I’ll fudge) in the Lutheran Center, (which may have a limited life). West Campus is sprouting higher rent hi rises like mushrooms, and the Lutheran Center is one block west of the historic “40 Acres”… the heart of UT campus. A wrinkle: the Lutheran Center is shared with the elca; I don’t know who owns it. LCMS gave up its own quarters some years ago already.

    [Local chat is that the “entertainment leader” couldn’t make it in an independent “alley type” location.]

    My church is getting some of the serious Lutherans who attend UT.

  10. boaz :The recently released mns mission plan includes the alley as a proposed campus ministry, even though its a cottage grove church (a halfhour away from any campus). How transparent.
    Way to promote koinonia dp Seitz.
    If they ram this through, confessional mns churches need to call him out.

    A campus ministry for Park Senior High School?!

    http://www.sowashco.k12.mn.us/phs/

  11. If you haven’t yet written and sent a snail-mail letter to the MNS BOD c/o the Rev. Dr. Lane Seitz (Board of Directors – MNS District, LC-MS, c/o President Seitz, 14301 Grand Ave. South, Burnsville, MN 55306) then close your browser, and get it done now. Blogging feels good, but ULC needs real help and prayers.
    Pax Christi+,
    -Matt Mills
    ULC class of ’85

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