Friends of the CLCC,
September has flown by so quickly! Hard to believe fall is here and the leaves are just beautiful! God gives us beauty in each and every season of the year. (Though I prefer some over others.)
Our upcoming seminars for this fall are:
- Doctrine of Vocation – St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 4
- Your Reformation Walk – St. Peter Lutheran Church, Medford, OR, October 18
- Worship and Divine Service – St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church and School, Munster, IN, November 8th
We hope you can attend one and please pass the word if you have family or friends living in any of these areas. Thanks!
We are now accepting requests to schedule a seminar for your church this winter. Please check out our website at www.theclcc.org to see the different options there are for seminars.
Planning information for the new 2½ day Model Conference, Christ Building His Church, has been added to the Resources section of www.theclcc.org. This is the last piece of our strategy for assisting churches in education on the themes of vocation, outreach and family life together. It is the big brother version of the 1-day conference Serving Your Neighbor in Love and Mercy, which was added in July. Check out both of these new resources to see how they may be useful in your local setting.
We are starting a new piece this issue of the Anchor. We are planning to have different members of our Executive Committee and Board of Directors contribute an article on how they see the CLCC to be of value. This month’s article is written by Rev. Rob Jarvis, CLCC Chairman of the Board. He is the pastor at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. His article starts right below.
Well, all for now. Be sure to read Pastor Jarvis’s article. I’m signing off.
Kari Anderson, PR for CLCC
What the CLCC means to me
Pastor Rob Jarvis
In April 1975, Concordia Seminary St. Louis, rocked by the walkout just a little over a year earlier, opened its doors to the pastors and laity of the St. Louis area for a series of lay lectures. The faculty of the seminary wanted to help the laity process what had taken place there and in the whole synod. Each Thursday night, a professor took his place at the podium in the Wyneken chapel, an auditorium that could comfortably seat 500 people. The chapel was packed. For some reason, this left an impression on my 11 year old mind.
Actually, I think the impression is greater now than it was then. 500 or so people from congregations in the greater St. Louis area, which included Illinois, driving to 801 De Mun Ave, for a month and a half, attending weekly lectures that were anything but simple—would that happen today?
I’m skeptical, but hopeful. Undoubtedly, the situation in the seminary that was splashed on the St. Louis evening news leading up to the walkout created interest, but the ability to understand what the professors discussed spoke of a different era. The laity of the LCMS knew about the Christian faith and had a passion to see it stay intact, at least in their church body.
Since 1975, the Lutherans of America have seen seismic changes. Despite the concern of our grandparents who were represented at those lay lecture series, the confession of the Christian faith—even in the conservative Lutheran church bodies—has not remained so intact. Our laity didn’t inherit the same passionate concern as their grandparents. After a couple generations, too many laity didn’t even know what it means when they called themselves “Lutheran.”
In 2007 an old idea started getting kicked around. Help the laity restore that passion. Other organizations had been reaching out to the laity, but this one was going to do it differently. Rather than having lectures in one central place, this organization would create a system by which the training would come to them.This is what the CLCC (Confessional Lutherans for Christ’s Commission) is all about. We want to see the laity of our churches rediscover what makes Lutherans, Lutheran, that is, genuinely, scripturally based Christians. The topics that are presented are some of those that form the fault lines in our synods. Other topics that are vital for a well-informed laity are also available. I encourage you to look at our website, www.theclcc.org, and see what could be brought to your area.
When you set up a seminar, invite members of your congregation, members of neighboring congregations, and anyone else who shares that same passion as you, to attend. Then, as they speak of what they learned or what they were given, they might be able to invite others and spread the passion—one member of the laity at a time.
Pastor Rob Jarvis,
Chairman of the Board, CLCC