South Wisconsin District (LCMS)
Brothers in Christ, Members of South Wisconsin District:
Grace and peace to you from the Lord of the Church, Jesus, the Christ, who as St. Paul says that the Father has “put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”
Attached you will find a resolution that has been unanimously adopted by the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors titled, “The South Wisconsin District Board of Directors Expresses Support for the Board of Regents of CUW/AA and President Erik Ankerberg in Regard to Possible Significant Reductions at Concordia University Wisconsin/Ann Arbor.”
As you may recall, we in SWD have had our financial challenges in the past. Difficult decisions had to be made, decisions which have put us on a sound financial footing.
Currently the Board of Regents at CUW/AA is struggling with substantial financial challenges at both campuses. As you may imagine, this is an extremely emotional matter. Regrettably, sides have been drawn up. Sadly, things have been said that betray our “walking together” as Synod. Such emotional reactions do not help.
Yet, in the midst of this struggle, the CUW/AA Board of Regents has to deal with the financial challenges before them. They have a fiduciary responsibility to CUW/AA and to our Church, which means it is time to pray that our Lord would grant the CUW/AA Regents wisdom and understanding as they look for a way to address the financial challenges on the table before them.
The attached resolution was written not as an effort to take sides in the debate, but rather to encourage the CUW/AA Regents to do their fiscal “due diligence” for the sake of continued service as an institution of higher education.
Two pertinent statements from the resolution deserve to be highlighted are the “Resolved” statements:
“the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors call upon the CUW/AA Board of Regents to do everything necessary to place CUW/AA on a solid financial footing even if that means deep and significant reductions in services and staff to maintain sustainability.
“the South Wisconsin District Board of Directors commend and publicly support the work and efforts of the CUW/AA Board of Regents as well as President Ankerberg in their conscientious and arduous oversight in regard to the welfare of both Concordia University Wisconsin and Concordia Ann Arbor.”
In closing, please join me in lifting up in prayer our brothers and sisters on the CUW/AA Board of Regents, along with President Erik Ankerberg and his administrative team, as they search for a way forward!!
As a closing prayer I am reminded of the hymn, “O God, Lord, of Heaven and Earth.”
O Spirit, who didst once restore
Thy church that it might be again the bringer of good news to men,
Breathe on Thy cloven Church once more,
That in these gray and latter days
There may be those whose life is praise, each life a high doxology
To Father, Son and unto Thee.
May our Lord bless us in these days!!
Rev. Dr. John C. Wille
President, South Wisconsin District LCMS