Free Seminar Package on the Reformation and Confessions
500 years ago, Martin Luther started a Reformation. Nobody knew what he was starting. Even he didn’t. But here we are today, celebrating it. CLCC wants to do more than simply celebrate it, though. Our synod’s 500th anniversary motto puts it this way, “It’s still all about Jesus.” Certain statements came out of the Reformation that are “still all about Jesus,” but they have become all but buried in the dust of the years. CLCC would like to blow off the dust and reintroduce those statements to the people of our synod’s congregations.
To do this, we are offering a chance for the people of your circuit to rediscover them. One Saturday, probably in September or October this year (but could be at any time), your circuit could have a seminar where the people would be reintroduced to these statements. Your circuit pastors would do the work, but we will give them—for free—all the material they will need to prepare and present an event at one of the churches in your circuit.
You may ask, “But what if the people don’t want to come?” Here’s where you could come in. You can already see the value of this event. With your pastor’s support, you can promote it in your congregation. In fact, each circuit will want a representative from each congregation. These representatives will network through a circuit coordinator. We will provide all the organizational and promotional material, also for free.
Once there, the participants will be taken through a history of the Reformation in about three hours. It will start by looking at how all the things going on provided the perfect setting for the Reformation to take place. Then it will look at major events of the Reformation, focusing particularly on Martin Luther and those reformers who recognized the truth of these statements we call the Lutheran Confessions. Then it will look at how the confessions developed in response to the situation of that day. A little bit later, the participants will look more closely at these confessional statements, to see what they say, and to see that—when it comes down to it—they are all about Jesus. Finally, they’ll be lead through some discussion that shows just how good it would be that these confessions would be better known by us and our fellow members.
Perhaps from the beginning of this article you knew the identity of these statements were our Lutheran Confessions. Maybe you know a lot about them. Maybe you only know about the Small Catechism, and not much more of any of the others. After this seminar, you and your fellow congregational members will know a lot more, and you will see what role these confessions ought to play in your life and in your church’s life. You will also be better prepared to speak about your faith to those who don’t understand what this Reformation is all about and who don’t know what Jesus has done.
Please go to our special anniversary website to get more information theclcc.org/500anniv. When you go there, consider if you would like to be a coordinator for your circuit or a representative for your congregation. If you’re a pastor, you will want to talk with the rest of your brothers to see what you could do so you can have this in your circuit. And get ready to see just how relevant these dusty old documents are!
All you need to organize, host, and present a seminar is at theclcc.org/500anniv. Or you can click here to request a seminar or request us to contact you.
The CLCC — Church and State Conference
How are we, as Christians, meant to live in the world in which God has placed us? How are we to be involved regarding our government? We are to be faithful in our calling to both the Church and the State. How do we best do that?
The Rev. Karl Weber, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Richville, MN and St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ottertail, MN, and 1st VP of the Minnesota North District spoke on the Lutheran biblical understanding of the roles of church and state and our Christian vocation on February 25, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria, MN.
Thank you to everyone who helped and/or attended this annual event!
Presentation of the Augsburg Confession Worship Resources
Please consider observing the Presentation of the Augsburg Confession this year, since June 25th falls on Sunday. We have included links to LutheranReformation.org worship resources for this and other upcoming observances.
RSO Status & Reporter Ads
With the encouragement and help of Deaconess Dorothy Krans, director, Recognized Service Organizations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the CLCC has been granted RSO status. A Recognized Service Organization is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that is independent of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) but whose operations foster the mission and ministry of the church, whose program activities are in harmony with the Synod, and who agrees to respect and not act contrary to the doctrine and practice of the Synod.
You may have also noticed we started advertising in the Reporter in order to reach a wider audience of pastors and lay leaders in the LC-MS and have updated our ad on Issues, Etc. We are also updating our website and plan to be more active on Facebook. To keep up on our activities, and help promote our organization, please Like and Share our Facebook page @theclcc and website http://theclcc.org/ .
CLCC Membership Dues
As you can see, we are venturing out in some new directions. We need your help! Membership fees, our chief source of income, are used to defray the costs of bringing our seminars and educational materials to congregations across the nation. Without your support, we could not fulfill our mission and goals of providing confessional Lutheran materials and seminars. Please prayerful consider joining us and bringing our information to your congregation? Help us share God’s Word today! The cost is only $30 per year for individuals or $50 for a family.