Below is a section of the official Minutes of the LCMS BCS, posted publicly on the Internet. Note highlighted paragraph. It will be very interesting to see how DP Dave gets around this, "evangelical" or not!
Page 1 of 3 Minutes - Board for Communication Services
April 27-28, 2009
LCMS International Center
St. Louis, MO
Present: Dennis Clauss, chairman; David Berger, John Bush, Ernest Garbe, Candace Mueller, Charles Mueller, Jr., Kevin Vogts Non-voting: David Strand Excused: Eileen Bishop List
Guests during the strategic planning segment of the meeting included several BCS staff members.
Chairman Clauss called the meeting to order at 8:05 AM and opened with prayer.
Welcome to Rev. Charles Mueller, Jr., appointed member replacing Rev. David Kluth..
Agenda approved by consensus, with addition of J. Connett in I. KFUO discussion.
M/S/C to approve the minutes of January 27, 2009.
1. The Director of News and Information Services position is exempt from the hiring freeze. Salary for the position is included in the budget beginning January 1, 2010 (possibly earlier).
Roland Lovstad has been helping out in the interim. Time frame for DNIS search: applications due in early August; interview candidates in late August / early September; COP action on candidates in their September meeting. Pending their action, a board phone conference might be arranged to expedite the process. A question was raised regarding venues to be used for the announcement of the position; official periodicals of the Synod are not sufficient to get the word out to a broad constituency. While a theologically educated person is highly desirable, the position need not be filled by ordained clergy. Mix of skills might include marketing as well as journalism. Recommendations may be made to D. Clauss or D. Strand.
2. Time of Grace
The program hosted by Pastor Jeske remains the only Lutheran television program available nationally. RSO status was granted in January by the BCS, contingent upon the ToG board’s including a clergyman of the LCMS. At least one LCMS layman is currently on the board. The organization is adamant about maintaining a lay board and has resisted including any pastors. Given that RSO status is revocable if necessary, the board took the following action: M/S/C to remove the contingency of LCMS clergy presence on the board for LCMS RSO status for Time of Grace Ministry. [The operative assumption, however, is that the board will continue to have LCMS lay presence.]
3. Executive session guidelines from the February 2009 BOD minutes provided by R. Hartwig were discussed.
1. D. Clauss and Ch. Mueller reported their impressions of the "President’s Core Leadership Team Meeting" earlier in April. Included in the discussions were the proposals for LCMS