ACELC — Just One Week from Today … stand UP and stand TOGETHER!

ACELC-LogoThe fight for the heart and soul of our Synod can only be won in the hearts and minds of her Pastors and People.  This means engaging together in the hearing and study of Holy Scripture and the Confessions of the Church.

This February 10-12, at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansa City, MO, will be the fifth Annual ACELC Free Conference.  The topic is Christ for us: The Office of the Holy Ministry Part II – The Unbiblical Removal of Pastors.

While those who openly preach, teach, and practice doctrines contrary to what we have been taught do so with impunity and continue to enjoy full fellowship status within Synod, pastors faithful to their ordination vows are being removed from their calls and even Synod itself through the back door of CRM status.

This is perhaps the most shameful and profane of errors within the LCMS today.  The consequences to those immediately affected by it are devastating.  For those who perpetrate it, the consequences can be eternal.  It is therefore for the sake of all that we host this conference and seek to resolve this matter through Word, instruction, and confession.

Reasons for YOU to Attend:

  • To be informed and show your support for both the resolution of the problem and those most affected by it. When one part of the body of Christ suffers, we all suffer.
  • To be informed on what the ministry and duties of the Pastor are, that expectations of him may be right and realistic, and in accord with the purposes for which God called and sent him to you.
  • To be informed on what God expects of His people in supporting their Pastor and helping him to improve and grow in the ministry entrusted to him as he cares for your soul.
  • To be informed that the Pastor is your shepherd, not your CEO. Come and find out the difference and the consequences.
  • To be informed on the right and wrong reasons for removing a Pastor from his call and office. It is important that you know the difference so as not to unintentionally sin against the Lord’s called servant.
  • To be informed that this problem is not new. There are things for us to learn from our Reformation fathers on this topic.  If we fail to give History her due, we are sure to repeat the errors and atrocities we could have otherwise avoided.
  • And finally … your calling as one BAPTIZED into Christ and His Church, in a fellowship bound together in common faith and confession, is to renounce the devil and all his works and all his ways. To “renounce” is to actively resist that which is wrong in order to then uphold, defend, and confess to the very end that which is right, rather than fall away from it.


If we are idle in these matters, then we are complicit in their continuance.

Therefore I exhort you to make every effort to come and join us.  Your participation is essential whenever and wherever you are able.  If you are not able to join us for this conference, then pray for us that God’s Word be taught in all its truth and purity, and that we as God’s children, seek a holy life and fellowship together in accord with that Word.

In this Spirit … this conference seeks to pronounce very distinctive Lutheran conclusions to the errors and challenges associated with the conference topic, and likewise to identify and set forth the biblical practices that hold the promise of God’s blessing.  Thus we seek not novelty, but strong and clear reaffirmation of what we as Evangelical Lutherans have always held to be true in accord with Holy Scripture and the Confessions of the Church.


Presentations and Speakers are:

Removal of Pastors: Reality and Consequences (Rev. Alan Kornacki, Jr.)

Duties of the Pastor: Expectations and Evaluations (Rev. Bryan Wolfmueller)

What Hearers Owe their Pastors: The Table of Duties (Rev. Todd Wilken)

The Pastor: CEO or Shepherd? (Rev. Rolf Preus)

Deposing a Pastor: Biblical and Unbiblical Reasons (Rev. Dan Bremer)

Unjust Treatment of Pastors: Late Reformation Germany (Rev. Robert Mayes)

Unbiblical Removal of Pastors: Summary & Resolution (Rev. Clint Poppe)



BOOKS! We will again this year be giving away excellent theological publications from Concordia Publishing House. In addition, numerous CPH publications will be on hand at discounted prices.  It is our intent to make available and put into the hands of our guests some of the best of our theological writings and works.

WORSHIP   Daily Matins and Vespers.  All are also invited to attend Holy Cross’s midweek Divine Service on Wednesday evening.  Admission to Holy Communion will be for Communicant Members in good standing of Holy Cross, of other LCMS congregations, and of Lutheran Church bodies in declared Altar and Pulpit fellowship with the LCMS.

BANQUET … at the exquisite Hawthorn House in Parkville, for both exceptional food and local drink.  The menu includes grilled sirloin tips, grilled chicken in basil, garlic mashed potatoes and Texas sheet cake!  Word has it that a local favorite Boulevard brew will also be on tap – Kansas City’s finest!

The agenda includes the awarding of gifts to conference speakers, Jim and Dan’s excellent ACELC “Film Project” #2 (crude in form but not rude in content),  and quite possibly pictures of a certain CTS professor’s reunion with long lost bearded kin in “West Monroe, Louisiana.”  You will have to come and see that one!

TO REGISTER … please go to

Rev. James D. Gier

Conference Committee Chairman, ACELC

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,, 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


ACELC — Just One Week from Today … stand UP and stand TOGETHER! — 6 Comments

  1. We watched it all happen. Over the decades we watched it all, from the misled ecumenism of the Statement of the 44, in 1945; through the 70’s Battle of the Bible for the veracity of the Word of God; past the Charismatic Movement within The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod; through the introduction of Folk Services; Polka Masses; Clown Worship; Liturgical Dance; and we were dismayed that no adequate response was provided to correct error in our Synod. We watched again as The Church Growth Movement with its theology of glory approach to the mission of the Church and the resultant abandonment and/or pollution of our liturgical heritage was not corrected. We watched as unionism and syncretism went on display at Yankee Stadium and Newtown without real rebuke. Yes, we watched how the deterioration of faithfulness to the Word of God and our Lutheran Confessions had sadly become a fact of life within our Synod.

    We watched as our altars were put on wheels to get them out of the way when desired for a more human-centered worship. We watched as multi-media projection screens began to change the center focus of our worship away from the cross and altar – sometimes covering the altar itself – the very symbol of Christ’s sacrifice for our sins. We watched as Praise Bands began assaulting our ears importing music from theological traditions that contradicted Lutheran theology, importing their errors into the Synod which once sought the greatest possible uniformity in our worship forms.

    We watched as finger-snapping Synodical officers implied that unless we accomplished our evangelist task with greater zeal and commitment that every time he snapped his fingers, another soul would end up in hell who otherwise shouldn’t be there, and it would be our fault. We watched as Synodical conventions passed resolutions granting women roles in the worship and leadership of the congregation that were reserved for pastors and other men.

    We watched as Synodically unaccountable “graduate schools” for Church Growth methods and principles were established and attend by hundreds of LCMS pastors whose work in their home congregations often split them and took them away from understanding what it means to be Lutheran. They establishing practices in congregations which taught our Lutheran people that being “Lutheran” really wasn’t that important and if they wanted to change denominations it simply wasn’t that big a deal because we look just like them anyway.

    We watched as faithful, orthodox pastors were run out of their own congregations by misguided parishioners who insisted that these men violate their sacred vows of ordination to conduct their ministry in accord with God’s Word and the Lutheran Confessions. We watched as some District Presidents aided and abetted their removal. Then we watched as some of these same District Presidents virtually “black-balled” these same pastors to ensure they could not again have calls to another Missouri Synod congregation, and we watched their families suffer.

    We watched as some pastors and congregations welcomed to Christ’s altar communicants from other from Lutheran church bodies who do not believe as we do and even welcomed non-Lutherans to kneel together in their disunity of faith as though they were in union with the teachings of our Lord. We watched as the very unity of the Triune God was mocked by the disunity at our altars.

    We watched until we could watch no more without acting. Silence was no longer an option.

    I believe it is time for all faithful, Confessional pastors to to cease their silence and to publicly speak up to rectify the errors of our Synod. It is now clear that the LCMS needs to find the corporate will to address the issues that are tearing our Synod apart and has been since 1945. Literally generations have come and gone in the LCMS since we walked away from the will to address the errors that divide us. It is time for the ACELC. The ACELC provides a common voice to individual pastors and congregations. As we have seen in the past, individual pastors and congregations have been ignored when they raised their concerns. The ACELC is not going away, and we will not be silent. We publicly speak truth to error. As a Synod we we cannot address and correct the errors unless we first identify them. This the ACELC has done. Together we can be heard especially if we continue to grow our numbers and thus the volume of our voice. Our speaking is a measure of our Christian love to our Synod. It is not mean spirited. It is the voice of a brother who understands that we are indeed our brother’s keeper. Will you please consider joining your voice with us?

  2. Pr. Prentice,

    The ACELC also addresses this error under Ecclesiastical Supervision. Perhaps even worse are pastors who fall into sexual sin and are passed on from one parish to another. I know of one such fellow who did this to three congregations before being finally removed from the clergy roster. It’s all part and parcel of improper ecclesiastical supervision and it is being addressed by the ACELC.

  3. @Rev. Richard A. Bolland #4
    Dear Rev. Bolland,
    But here is the question, and you may refrain from telling me the answer (but let me know that). If I know a pastor has been passed around, because of lack of oversight or simply just “kicking the can down the road:, let someone else deal with it (always easier).

    Should I speak up? We all talk about pastoral duty.

    I think Dr. Becker is wrong. But he is in the light Yes, causing error.

    The pastor who is hiding in the dark, is that even worse? Because it can cause a little one to lose their faith.

    If you refrain from telling me. Email my ID and we can talk.

  4. Pr. Prentice,

    Obviously, the problem of false teaching pastors is vastly more widespread than just Matthew Becker. Trust me, the ACELC is not so protective of pastors as to give cover to false teachers. Indeed, we’ve managed to expose a number of them in our “Evidence of Error” documents. Of course, there are DP’s who kick the can down the road and abrogate their obligations to be the Ecclesiastical Supervisors they are Constitutionally/Bylawily (I doubt that’s a real word!) are obligated to be. Sometimes they are sympathetic with the errorists they are not disciplining and at other times they are doing as you suggest…just transferring the problem to some other DP. For Becker, he left his membership in the NWD expressly to be protected in his errors.

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