Thank you for all the Donations


Thank you to all of you who have donated so far to the colloquy fundraiser campaign that began March 22nd on BJS.  The proceeds from this fundraiser will help me in my colloquy transition, a transition that will allow me to join the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  As you can see from the thermometer to the right, we are almost to our goal of getting the entire $5,000 matched by a generous BJS reader.  Right now, with the $4,846 that has been donated, I have received $9,692 in funds to be applied to my summer colloquy tuition, colloquy moving expenses, and needed books.  I am humbled by your generosity and truly grateful for the warm reception that I have received in this transition into the LCMS.

In looking forward, I just enrolled at Concordia Seminary St. Louis for three required colloquy classes.  During the month of June I will be taking a LCMS history class, a class on the Lutheran Confessions, and a class on the Lutheran liturgy.  I am eagerly anticipating these classes knowing that they will better prepare me for future pastoral service.  Besides my required colloquy classes, I also hope to complete my remaining doctoral classes in St. Louis this summer.  Thus, it will prove to be a challenging academic season.

Upon completion of my classes in St. Louis, I will be moving to North Dakota for the remainder of summer to spend time writing my Major Applied Research Project, doing some potential farming with a close friend, and awaiting a call into the LCMS.

Finally, I might add that I am so very appreciative of the BJS editors, fellow authors, readers, and the Confessional Lutheran community that BJS provides.  It is truly a privilege to be among you all as we confess Christ crucified for the forgiveness of our sins.

Sub Cruce,

Pastor Matt Richard



You can read more about Pastor Richard’s journey into Confessional Lutheranism by CLICKING HERE (Part 1) and by CLICKING HERE (Part 2).  These links will direct you to two articles that were written for Steadfast Lutherans giving an overview of his journey into Confessional Lutherans.  Pending a successful colloquy transition, he will have to write a third part in this series sometime this summer!


From Pastor Rossow:

We have $4846 raised so far; with just 6 more gifts of $25 each we will reach our goal of $5,000. Your last chance to donate will be Sunday night when we close down the opportunity. Thank you again for all your donations.

About Pastor Matt Richard

Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard is the pastor at Zion Lutheran Church of Gwinner, ND. He was previously a Senior Pastor in Sidney, Montana, an Associate Pastor of Spiritual Care and Youth Ministries in Williston, North Dakota, and an Associate Pastor of Children and Youth in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He received his undergraduate degree from Minot State University, ND and his M.Div. from Lutheran Brethren Seminary, MN. His doctor of ministry thesis, from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, was on exploring the journey of American Evangelicals into Confessional Lutheran thought. Pastor Richard is married to Serenity and they have two children. He enjoys fishing, pheasant hunting, watching movies, blogging, golfing, spending time with his family and a good book with a warm latte! To check out more articles by Pastor Matt you can visit his personal blog at:


Thank you for all the Donations — 4 Comments

  1. Three more donations totalling $70 have come in! We are now at $4966!

    One was a previous donor who gave an additional $25!

    Thanks to all.

  2. Three MORE donations came in totaling $85, so we are now at $5051!

    Thanks to all who have donated; we welcome more donations, but they won’t be matched dollar-for-dollar.

  3. @Norm Fisher #3
    …we welcome more donations…

    The appeal has gone over the top, and was designed to be in excess of colloquy expenses.
    Some checks are possibly still in the mail.
    Perhaps an appropriate post script to thanks would be a referral to other needs.

    The seminary funds for students come to mind.

    Augustana Ministerium always has more legitimate requests than it has money to fill them, from pastors waiting for calls or with catastrophic medical expenses.

    ULC has a home but wants a chapel, too.

    Might you now devote your banner to one of these (or all, in turn)?

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