Pastor Bruening's Message
Addressing the Need for Ministry and Role of Women at St. John’s
October 16, 2016
The Board of Elders has begun a study of the possible inclusion of
women in the various Elder-assigned Ministries at St. John’s.
Recognizing that we currently have only eleven Elders, each Elder
would have over twenty families assigned to him. That is about
double the number of families an Elder can work with effectively.
Right now about half of our members have no assigned Elder. We
consider the Ministry of the Elders to be fundamental to the
spiritual welfare of our members and seek to enhance the program.
Recently we spent four-weeks in studying the Bible, looking at the
scriptures, and examining the Missouri Synod documents concerning
the role of women. Unfortunately only about thirty-five members
participated in that study. We, therefore, need a much larger
participation in a discussion before any resolution can be
considered. This is not something we need to rush into.
Since the Board of Elders is responsible for issues such as this, I
am recommending to them that at their October 27th meeting, they
set-up a four-week open forum after January 1st with sessions being
held both during the normal Bible Class hour, and one evening a week
for those who are teaching during the Bible Class hour.
At the open forums we will review the
material covered in the Bible study and then open the sessions to
discussion about the issues so that every voice may be heard.
After the open forums, the Board of
Elders may then, after hearing all of the input, put together a
resolution to bring before the congregation. This could be done in
The first stage would be to present a change to allow women to have
some new role in the congregation.
If passed, we would then need to present a resolution on By-law
changes that would need to be made in order to implement these
I ask you to remember this process in your prayers so that we be led
to a God pleasing decision that is beneficial to our congregation.