|CRMs, waiting, waiting.|
The missionary, DP, or seminary professor arrested for a DUI?
He should be an orthodox Lutheran - like the ones who get free tuition from the synod for grabbing a drive-by DMin at Fuller Seminary and then put on the fast-track as leaders?
A highly trained seminary graduate who joins Eastern Orthodoxy the day after graduation - or Rome after having a congregation for a few years?
Yes, you might get one as bad as those who are certified, protected, and promoted by Holy Mother Synod. But that is not always the case.
"What about land, buildings? A synod mission starts out spending a million dollars now. We don't have that."
A congregation may have to rent space, just like Joseph did when he stayed in Bethlehem.
Jesus said - "The Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head," and yet He managed.
The Apostles did not have a building fund that allowed members to pay a mortgage forever and give up the equity to the Church if the mission folded.
The Savior and the Apostles relied on the efficacious Word of God. They did not go to the Temple and beg for certification. They did not wait for a call from pot-bellied bureaucrats with belt-sizes bigger than their IQs.