Issues, Etc. — Advertising for Confessional Lutheran Congregations

 

Dear Issues, Etc. Listener,

I am blessed to attend and serve a faithful Lutheran congregation.

What do I mean by “faithful Lutheran congregation”?

I mean a congregation where you hear the preaching of God’s Word, Law and Gospel. You are instructed in the Christian faith from Luther’s Small Catechism. You receive the forgiveness of your sins at the Lord’s Table. And, you are diligently served by your pastor with God’s Word.

“Hey, that sounds like my congregation,” you say? Great!

Do you want others to hear about your faithful congregation on Issues, Etc.? When your congregation joins the Issues, Etc. 300, we’ll advertise your congregation on the radio, at our website and in the Issues, Etc. Journal. Plus, your congregation will be substantially supporting the worldwide outreach of Issues, Etc.

“$1,000 is a lot of money,” you say? Yes, it is.

But spread out over an entire year and an entire congregation, it’s likely within your congregation’s reach. Several sponsoring congregations take a monthly or annual door offering to cover this amount.

Find out more about your congregation joining the Issues, Etc. 300, our congregational support program, in this one page flyer.

If you have any questions, please call (618) 223-8385 or send an email to [email protected].

Thanks for listening and thanks for your support!

Wir sind alle Bettler,
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Todd Wilken, host
Issues, Etc.
www.issuesetc.org

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Issues, Etc. — Advertising for Confessional Lutheran Congregations — 10 Comments

  1. I’ve always wondered, does Issues Etc. do any investigating on these churches before recommending them? Not that I think it likely that CrossPointe Lufauxran Community Church would send $1000 to this *obviously* “unmissional and divisive” radio program. But I am wondering.

  2. Our congregation isn’t exactly confessional, but it’s fairly traditional so I’m hoping to influence it in that direction. I introduced Issues this weekend in the service and showed one of their clips. After explaining what it was, I got a round of applause. I’m printing up the business cards and posters, and we are putting the blurb in the bulletin, but any other ways you can think of to promote this in our congregation will be put to good use.

  3. I was a fairly new member to the LCMS when I happened find Issues Etc. browsing the web. I was devouring all things Lutheran and trying to educate myself. Issues Etc was a God sent for a guy like me, coming out of a heterodox background. The more I learned about Confessional Lutheranism, I began to realize I was in a church that was Lutheran in name only. Thanks to Issues Etc and their ‘find a church’ page, I found a wonderful Lutheran Church. Confessional Lutheran in name and practice. My brother is now being catechized in Luthers S.C. and will soon be baptized and confirmed! Thanks be to God! And thank you Issues Etc!

  4. Pastor Wilken’s definition of a “faithful Lutheran
    congregation” should fit every parish listed
    in LCMS 2012 Lutheran Annual. It is sad if
    that is not true.

  5. While I encourage any and all to support Issues, Etc., it strikes me that we really need a free listing of Confessional Lutheran Congregations, accessible to anyone. Adding my own sadness to that of Pr. Likeness above, I’ve traveled enough around the Synod, to know that there are far too many LCMS congregations I wouldn’t trust my children in.

    In fact, there are large regions of the LCMS, where there appears to be no Confessional Lutheran congregations at all– I was ashamed recently, at having pointed family to what looked like a traditional LCMS congregation in the San Diego area (from their website,) only to have my daughters come back regail me of the Pentecostal heresies run rampant.

    There needs to be a Faithful Lutheran Congregation list out there somewhere– we are far too mobile a society, to think everyone has the time to investigate every congregation in every city they may travel through.

    Just my thoughts…

  6. Are “faithful Lutheran congregations” the same as “confessional Lutheran congregations”?  

    Praise bands?  Women lectors, ushers, acolytes?  No vestments?  Screens (gasp)?   

    I know many Christ-centered, Cross-focused congregations that fit Pr Wilken’s parameters but they also have this other stuff at least for some services.

  7. John Rixe :
    Are “faithful Lutheran congregations” the same as “confessional Lutheran congregations”?  
    Praise bands?  Women lectors, ushers, acolytes?  No vestments?  Screens (gasp)?   
    I know many Christ-centered, Cross-focused congregations that fit Pr Wilken’s parameters but they also have this other stuff at least for some services.

    The “other stuff” is what people like me want to avoid. I like to know what I will find when I visit a new church. That never used to be a problem with the “LCMS” designation.

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