The LCMS should not concern itself with falling numbers. We always concluded it was a poor job of parenting……Please hear me out. VERY glad to see nobody brought up the idea of seeker-sensitive churches, stronger youth programs, more ‘hip’ music, and praise bands. Our pastor was serving three parishes at the time and was unable to attend but a group of us decided to get together and discuss possibilities. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. Roland Rushman. Too many churches fail to focus on the youth and keeping them engaged. Today the herding cat syndrome rears it’s ugly head. I have visited growing LCMS churches lately but they have an entirely different approach to Shepherding and evangelism. This is an area of weakness which allows the secular worldview to invade and infect Christians with doubt about their own unanswered questions. In Michigan and Ohio, Missionaries sent by Wilhelm Löhe cared for scattered congre… © 2003-2020 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod All Rights Reserved. The church bodies that have made a place for these age groups have increased in numbers and the sense of community is amazingly felt through all ages. We need to come home, this is real. Not sure I agree with your stance on this. I in no way wish to stereotype. If you don’t have a youth program that is active they will wonder. Favorite Answer Well I would not say that it is dying. ), The LCMS should look at the churches in Ft. Worth, TX. Our church is the constant in this crazy world. The MAIN point is to stay faithful to the living/written Word. he didn’t say, go to church. I hear the free-flowing frustration and sincere striving for solutions, such as more youth involvement, instruction in apologetics, help with evangelism, encouragement for larger families, more involvement from our leaders and culturally relevant instruction in the Word. It is the world where many hearts desire to be. Teach the word yes by all means. I agree completely! Dr. Gerald Kieschnick’s installation as president in September 2001. He distributed the sacraments, defending them against erroneous use while explaining their importance to the life of a baptized child of God. They have sat beside the dying. Historic St. Paul Lutheran Church is located at 1417 11th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76307. Otherwise, when growth occurs, it might grow content on a diet of American Evangelical spiritual food. I am 50 now and have held every office our church has but most recently as elder. The feelings of the two members above need prayer. Why not 50%? Josh I do not share your feeling of being glad at all. What snappy hymns did Paul write? To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews… to the week I became week, to win the week. We still face death; Satan still tempts us to doubt and despair in the face of it. In all of these responses, I hear a genuine love for the Church. His answer to LCMS decline is to focus ministry efforts on areas where Northern Europeans are in the majority in America. 2 Sample Types LC/MS systems facilitate the analysis of samples that traditionally have been difficult to analyze. Our pastors have to start preaching the greatness of having large families, that it’s how god meant us to grow our church by having our own kids, to bring life and children to this world. That parents who have 1 kid that gets to spend a month in Tahiti is Oh’d and Awe’d , because they choose to spend money on travel instead of family in most cases. The real question is why no one seems to ask or to care. I totally agree with Josh that we need to stay strong but if we don’t have the youth in the future we won’t have adults to strengthen. some will respond. Serving our youth and young families like we do our older members is a must. They are summarized as follows: For the March edition, Harrison notes six “important foci that must be taken seriously and acted upon by our pastors, laity, congregations, districts and the Synod.” He adds that many in those groups “are deeply involved in this kind of work already.”. The Great Commission isn’t for pastors only – it’s for the sheep. A few more have 2, and a very small minority has 3 or more. They are summarized as follows: 1. As the chairman of our congregation board of youth I don’t see any support from the district or synod to address any of these concerns. It’s been my experience that LCMS churches with the most vitality, focus and vision; and attract more new members, are those that incorporate a Lutheran Day School. Baptism, Confirmation, Marriage, as well as the many rites of worship, we also have a rite called the Commendation of the dying. Puoi modificare le tue preferenze in qualsiasi momento in Le tue impostazioni per la privacy. The two extensive demographic reports covered in the December issue were conducted by Dr. George Hawley, assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and Dr. Ryan MacPherson, professor of History at Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minn. As we have various formal rites in the church, e.g. YALL ARE MISSING ThE MAJOR ISSUE! Despite the power and usefulness of gas chromatography/mass Need to improve youth groups, need to recruit outside, need immigrants, need to change our message, and all are failing to stop declines in all sects. What youth group did Paul organize? We need to serve and use all the tools he gives to serve his people. Smaller is not bad, as a remnant is what the final church will look like after all is said and done. LCMS Sick, Dying, And Badly In Need Of A Doctor Sumbuddy has sum 'splainin' to do! and social ministry is not an excuse for telling someone with care and love about the Jesus who came to this earth to give his life for you and me and provide the eternal hope we all long for. If this continues church membership declines as they leave home and don’t feel any reason to attend church in their new community. Regularly I see users claim that for most of history since the death of Jesus, up to the Reformation, that Christendom remained largely united. we are not obeying God by going and telling the good news. And by Baptism we are buried with Christ into death, that is, through Baptism we partake of the merits which Christ procured for the whole world by His vicarious suffering and death (Ro 6:3–5). That, in my opinion, is where we fail. Jesus did not say, Go ye and make large families so the churches may be filled. A Canadian study found that conservative churches are still growing, while less orthodox congregations dwindle away. For them, the Gospel is fine, but it is not enough. Why? We may have to downsize in the future, but then again…who knows? “Noting that he is “amazed” by the “Synod rumor mill” to the effect that he finds “the answer to our decline of numbers in the LCMS is to have more babies,” Harrison responds in the March Journal.”. These and other training opportunities can bridge the gap between our wonderful and ancient gospel, and people and situations of the 21st-century. We came back to the LCMS 4 years ago and I feel as if the life is being drained out of me. A Learning Content Management System (LCMS) is a professional software solution for authors, teams and organizations to create, manage and deliver learning content. Noi e i nostri partner memorizzeremo e/o accederemo ai dati sul tuo dispositivo attraverso l'uso di cookie e tecnologie simili, per mostrare annunci e contenuti personalizzati, per la misurazione di annunci e contenuti, per l'analisi dei segmenti di pubblico e per lo sviluppo dei prodotti. Are they right or is modern medicine from God? I will be praying for the Synod. Luzia, I agree totally with your “insular” description of a typical LCMS member. There is no need to attack these things that people show their faith and want to share. It is affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod These are all tools God gives us to use to come closer to him. In our Lutheran schools, our Lord has given us a wide-open door to homes and families — not only to those in our parish, but also to those families in our community. Sometimes our traditions can get in the way of the gospel being heard by both believers and unbelievers. Now district will not even provide address labels to restart it. My parents did their best to raise us to be good Lutherans, sending us to 8 years of LCMS grade school, confirming us, involving us in Walther League, etc. but we have to tell them. Even the problem we have in the LCMS of the dreaded CRM status-- ordained, but without a call-- is really a money problem caused by the nature of a professional class clergy. For every report the LCMS puts out on declining numbers it needs to put out two reports, when numbers are rising, focusing on why numbers aren’t rising fast enough. At 72 years of age I have observed one major change that is not being addressed. At times the church must change the way they share the word or just fade out. Kurtis Schultz (left), president of the LCMS Southern District, waits to ask a question as Rev. I listen to EWTN/ where is our EWTN? I believe LCMS membership decline will continue as long as pastors remain in fear of open dialog about the issues that confront the church. “As I have repeatedly stated,” Harrison writes for that edition, “I doubt very much that any significant change in the childrearing habits of LCMS members will occur or greatly affect future numbers. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), also known as the Missouri Synod, is a traditional, confessional Lutheran denomination in the United States.With slightly under 2 million members, it is the second-largest Lutheran body in the United States. We make them jump over cultural hurdles and hoops that turn them away. It gravely concerns me that the leadership of the LCMS does not engage in productive dialog with either its members or pastors. You send out the believers into the world to make converts – THEN bring them into the church. Now we are running low on voters and money. The leadership of the church national body needs to be more active and open at the gathering. By Joe Isenhower Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org). In Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, isolated Germans in the dense forests of the American frontier were brought together and cared for by missionary F.C.D. A youth program was to have evolved from this effort. Some churches say they only believe in faith healing and let their members die by things modern medicine can cure. Numerical growth comes naturally as people experience Christ’s love and forgiving grace in the lives of every day faithful Christians. How does God use members who leave our congregations to deliver to us faith in Him, in Him alone? Baptism, as the application of the saving Gospel, is, therefore, a true means of grace. be the church. I feel so helpless as most of the membership sits in a trance during Sunday service and looks at me like I have two heads if I dare to question. Instead of focusing on growing numerically, we need to build deeper relationships with God, one another in the Body of Christ, and our communities. I’ve heard young pastors claim that evangelizing isn’t that important, because if God wants someone to be saved then they are part of the elect and they will be in heaven one way or the other anyway, and God doesn’t need me to do it. Staying faithful to the living Word should be the focus. LCMS should concern itself with growing numbers – if the LCMS grew 5%, would that be enough? Exit interviews for persons dropping out or transferring could yield important information. I am an LCMS member in a small church in western Nebraska. Robert Kuhn until the Rev. Between St. Paul and Peace Lutheran Churches, there has been tremendous success with growth, church planting, reaching out to Sudan immigrants, reaching out to Latin communities, a thriving school and preschool, service and medical missions abroad. But the faith will go forward as God plans, and we need to focus on sharing the Gospel, and being embedded in our communities. I said praise God. When we met the first time with glad hearts the pastors wife attended as well. I share their age and feelings about our leadership. I would happily act as driver for our few youth to take them where they could connect with other LCMS youth but we need the Synod to get the ball rolling!!! Missouri Synod doesn't allow pastors from other sub-branches of the Protestant movement to serve in their congregations. It has very little to do with larger families. On the contrary. Are politics above service? Even in death we celebrate our victory over the grave. It is almost like venturing into a black hole. The LCMS has the Word. It is our job to share it in our communities. You are so right; doctrine is everything!! Kirby, My parents had a large family by today’s standards(5 boys) We are all baby boomers so my family rearing days are over. 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