Sunday, November 4, 2007

DM Register: Church Rules Drive Away Longtime Parishioner

Something tells me there is more to this story than what John Carlson is reporting. I don't understand why the Register felt this was worthy of being front page news. From what I read in the article it sounds like this person hasn't been a part of Trinity Lutheran Church in Conroy, IA (LCMS) for a very long time. I've always wondered why people who are no longer active in a church still want their names on the membership roles.

I'm sure it could have been handled better though. I do applaud the church for not defending itself and not talking to the press in what they say is an internal matter, in other words, "Carlson it is none of your business!"

What do you think?


Ell Small said...

What do I think? I think it's all about money. The church decided to deprive him of property he had already paid for ("leased" my a**) because he wouldn't give them more money. The guy obviously didn't care about the formality of being on their membership rules. This wouldn't even be news if the church hadn't peevishly tried to use his dead wife as a lever to get money out of him. Real "christian" of them.

Shane Vander Hart said...

I agree with you that the burial plot should have not been brought up, and was in poor taste. You are right that you don't really lease burial plots.

Shane Vander Hart said...

Just an update - the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod called and asked me to remove their logo from this blog since it is a copyright infringement. My bad.

I should have asked their permission, but I did put it up precisely because it was their logo and because it was an LMCS church. At no time did I claim that it was my own design.

Somehow I think they have better things to concern themselves with, but oh well. It's down.