Dog Ministry? You Can’t Make this Stuff Up, by Pr. Tim Rossow

(Editor’s Note: In addition to the editor’s blog on occassion I update my column “The LCMS in Her Own Words.” It can be found on the “Regular Columns Page.”)

Just this morning I received the following e-mail story as a part of the Key Connections newsletter from the Lutheran Church Charities which is the human care arm of the Northern Illinois District of the LCMS. I guess we have gone beyond “Everyone a Minister.” Now it is “Every Animal a Minister.”

LCC Staff and Comfort Dogs available for Church Functions and School Chapels!
K-9 Parish Comfort Ministry
On January 6,  three of the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs and LCC staff did chapel at St Philip Lutheran Church in Chicago and visited with all 200 students!

On the morning of January 7th, the Comfort Dogs  were at Saint Paul Lutheran School in Mt Prospect.

For more information on scheduling LCC and the K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs for an event or chapel at your church, contact LCC at
866-455-6466 or email [email protected]

To help support the growing Ministry of the Comfort Dogs click here…  

To find out information on how your congregation can get one of the LCC K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs Click here  

Click here for some Photo Albums showing some of the many places the dogs have brought comfort….   And click here for the Dog Blog, featuring “Tara’s Twitter”

Did you notice that the article says that the “dog ministry” is growing? The Lutheran Church Charities does great work  but  does it seem odd that the LCMS is pulling missionaries out of the field but we have the resources to do “dog ministry?” Does it seem odd that a day school chapel, presumably a miniature version of the congregation’s worship, would include dogs?

We here at BJS are not opposed to animals bringing joy to people. Personally I get a lot of joy from my little kitty named “Happy Bob.” But I remind Happy Bob regularly that he does not have a soul and that he will not be with us in paradise. It’s going to be a lot tougher to convince him of that if he finds out that  at LCC he could be a “minister” and even do chapel.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.