The ACELC exists "to give a united voice against errors that are officially adopted in convention, tolerated, and/or promoted in the LCMS.”

 

A Correction and Apology

 

In a recent email blast entitled “Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals,” the ACELC made a sweeping generalization that creates a false picture of some Concordia universities. The statement of concern is as follows: “On every Concordia campus, only a very small percentage of students are Lutheran. Also, many of the staff and faculty are not Lutheran …” We were wrong to state that on “every” Concordia campus there is “only a very small percentage” of Lutheran students. Also, we recognize that some Concordia schools may have a higher percentage of Lutheran staff and faculty than others. Indeed, we learned recently that 84% of the teachers (full faculty) at Concordia University, Nebraska are LCMS.

 

We are sorry for publishing these inaccurate statements, and hope all whom we have hurt will have mercy on us. Since our email blast was a follow-up to the paper by the Rev. Dr. Christian Preus presented at our recent ACELC Conference, we also apologize to him. It was our words that were in error, not his. Please forgive us.

 

What follows is not a justification for our actions. In order to highlight the strengths of Luther Classical College, Pastor Preus does note what he considers weaknesses of the Concordia University System (CUS). His critique is worth reading. It is not our intention to deny any strengths in the CUS or to completely disown the Concordia universities.

 

Pastor Preus’ presentation included a handout (Lutherans on Campus, Lutheran Witness, November 2018, p. 26) which listed, amongst other things, the “% of student body that identifies as LCMS.” It was this handout, which you can read for yourself here, that provided us information about the Lutheran population of our schools. Indeed, according to this handout, many of our schools do have only a small percentage of Lutheran students. While the highest percentages are to be found at Seward (36.9%) and Ann Arbor (22.2%), for the CUS as a whole the percentage of students identifying as LCMS was only 9.7%.

 

While this Lutheran Witness article is helpful, it is also a bit dated. We recognize that the student body of a school can change in four years. In fact, we learned that the percentage of LCMS students at Concordia University, Nebraska has grown to 45% of the student body.

 

The theme of our conference at which this paper was presented was, “Christ For Us: Catechesis and Synodical Unity.” What is taught at our Concordia universities – by professors and fellow students – has a great impact on the unity of doctrine and practice in our Synod. As a Synod we have talked about the need for a confessional Lutheran identity in all Concordia university institutions. As the numbers reflect, students at our Concordia universities are surrounded by worldviews that are contrary to our confessional Lutheran identity.

 

On behalf of the ACELC, I encourage you to read Pastor Preus’ paper for yourself, as well as the other papers presented at our 2022 ACELC Conference.

 

Rev. Scott T. Porath

ACELC Chairman

Conferences

2022 Free Conference

 

Christ for Us: Catechesis and Synodical Unity
July 12-14, 2022
Grace Lutheran Church, Grand Island, Nebraska

 

More Information

Past Conference Presentations:

Christ for Us: Catechesis and Synodical Unity, 2022

Ecclesiastical Supervision, 2021

The Church's Mission & Evangelistic Task, 2019

Unionism & Syncretism, 2018

The Order of Creation, 2017

Dispute Resolution, 2016

Unbiblical Removal of Pastors, 2015

Office of the Holy Ministry, 2014

The Divine Service, 2013

The Lord’s Supper!, 2012

Addressing Error in The LCMS, 2011

ACELC Video

This video serves as a great discussion prompter for congregations, gatherings of circuit pastors, districts—all who care about the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters in Christ within the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. It spells out clearly the issues of doctrine and practice that continue to cause division within our synod and threaten our ability to walk together. It also shows our desire assist in the return to faithfulness within our synod.

We encourage you to watch this video, and use the study guides, as we together seek to deal with such issues, guided by the Holy Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions. We pray that these resources, and others available through the ACELC website, will be a blessing to you and our synod. We welcome your feedback.

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