To Support Existing Inner City and Rural Congregations as a Primary Focus of Mission Work

To the 58th Convention of The Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod
March 6 – 7, 2015
OVERTURE: 1-06

SUBJECT
To Support Existing Inner City and Rural Congregations as a Primary Focus of Mission Work

WHEREAS, many smaller inner city and rural congregations face great challenges,yet continue faithfully to serve where they are planted;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the District include, as a primary focus of the District’s mission work, support for Word and Sacrament ministry at existing smaller congregations that serve rural, inner city and other under-served mission fields; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that fraternal consultation be made, and approval of the local circuit forum obtained, prior to initiating any new starts in a circuit, to avoid interfering with the work of existing congregations.

Submitted by Forum of Circuit 18

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

To Support Existing Inner City and Rural Congregations as a Primary Focus of Mission Work — 5 Comments

  1. Dear BJS,
    This came from our Circuit (and a few others submitted similar).

    Yes, we want ALL souls to be saved, and also be LCMS of course. But in reality, we must and need to work together. New Church Plants cannot and should not spring up without all knowing about each other and working together.

  2. I wonder why the denom. doesn’t see to it that every church has a functioning if not great web site. I think this is essential and should be provided for small struggling congregations.

  3. Dear BJS,
    Silence? Is this not a good resolution for the convention?

    Or is “each man, each Church for themselves” the best way? That is worldly business, NOT Churchly business.

    We should walk together in harmony. yes?

  4. @Pastor David L. Prentice Jr. #1

    New Church Plants cannot and should not spring up without all knowing about each other and working together.

    There was a time when, by courtesy and design, “missions” were not planted within several miles of existing churches. This was true even when the existing church was a different Lutheran synod. Lately I have heard of “enthusiast” mission starts virtually on the doorstep of established congregations.

    I think your overture is appropriate. One hopes that the circuit/winkel will be working together.

  5. @helen #4
    Dear Helen,
    As the CV now for Circuit 18 (NID), I am “in the know” a bit more and will monitor all such situations. Cannot say good for all, but this is being discussed.
    As the Synodical rep., I am working toward this goal.
    We need to cooperate and be respectful of each other in the work and parish. Yes, we do not have the same parish boundaries as days gone by, but we can and should respect one anoher and work together for the common good.

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