Updates from St. Louis on Work of Task Forces, by Pr. Tim Rossow

A few months ago I complained that most of the email coming out of synod and district was weighted toward the mercy end of our denominational theme of “witness, mercy and life together.” I was pleased to get a mass email the other day from President Harrison with updates on the work of the task forces appointed by the last synod convention. You can see these updates by clicking here. Two of the four task forces deal with the doctrine of the office of the ministry.

I have not had time to study the details of each task force so I invite our readers to search them out and leave your comments here.

I did peruse the page on the task force on the work of licensed deacons and did not find much other than a promise of future meetings and a report by next summer. It is a little painful to watch bureaucracy at work and I am not sure the task force approach is the way St. Paul or our Missouri Synod fathers would do it. If there is error then teachers who know the truth need to teach it to the errorists. If we as a synod are not sure error is error then we are probably up a creek without a paddle and no bureaucracy can save us. None the less I am glad to see something doctrinal coming out of St. Louis.

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.

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Updates from St. Louis on Work of Task Forces, by Pr. Tim Rossow — 8 Comments

  1. Thank you, Pr. Rossow, for highlighting this again.

    I confess that I’ve been hammered into the rather cynical perspective, that desires to see a little less talk, and a lot more action (and hoping that using Toby Keith in an ecclesiastical reference isn’t too blasphemous.)

  2. Rev. Rossow,

    Thanks for bringing this up. Like Brad, I’m a bit cynical. Yet, at least SOMETHING is coming out of Synod HQ. With that said, with my background, what is glaring at first blush is that 3 of the 4 Task Forces have goals that are inconclusive.

    According to Merriam-Webster, a Task Force (TF) is a temporary grouping under one leader for the purpose of accomplishing a definite objective.

    I’d like to take the opportunity to point out what the stated objectives are:

    Resolution 4-06A: Address Questions Regarding Service of Licensed Lay Deacons
    The goal of this task force is to develop a plan ………………

    Resolution 5-01A: Faithful Witness by Concordia University System (CUS)
    The purpose of this task force is to study/report…………

    Resolution 5-14A: Study Alternate Routes to Pastoral Ministry
    The purpose of this task force is to study……………….

    Resolution 3-10A: Call Process for Returning Missionaries, Military Chaplains and Other Rostered Workers without a Call

    The purpose of this task force is to recommend a solution…………….

    Notice that ONLY resolution 3-10A speaks of a solution. The other three seem weak to me – more bureaucratic two-stepping.

    But hey, at least they used the word “Task Force.” It sounds decisive and proactive. Say it everyone, “Task Force, Task Force, Task Force.”

  3. @Randy #2
    Resolution 3-10A: Call Process for Returning Missionaries, Military Chaplains and Other Rostered Workers without a Call
    The purpose of this task force is to recommend a solution……

    As has been said before, most urgently on Lutheran Satire, all that’s really needed is for every DP, who claims the right to recommend Pastors to vacancies, put the men needing calls ahead of the men who would be creating a vacancy by moving, i.e., playing musical chairs. And if they also stopped licensing lay ministers, our congregations would have more Lutheran Pastors.

    [No, they should not place men with criminal records; stopping that would also be an improvement.]

    I’m afraid it’s a matter of, “Let’s delay this till all the mega pastors get their SMP’s.” 🙁

  4. @helen #4

    Helen,

    Please refrain from making any statements based on logic, common sense, or reason until a thorough study has been conducted to determine if what you may want to say, can be said, without offending a good number of people.

  5. Hmmm, this would be something interesting from ACELC. A response from them concerning where the Task Force committees are going, and a scorecard to monitor the work.

    Also, a statement of what ACELC thinks should be the outcome, as if they are part of the committee.

    Now if this is all available, point me in the direction.

  6. @Randy #5
    Please refrain from making any statements based on logic, common sense, or reason until a thorough study has been conducted…

    LOL! I don’t know if I’ll live that long.

    [But then, nobody does.]

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