Approvals move Wittenberg project ‘several steps forward’

The ILSW Supervisory Board took time for a photo during its January 2013 meeting at the LCMS International Center in St. Louis. From left are Ulrich Schroeder (secretary, SELK); Rev. Michael Kumm (chairman, LCMS); Dr. Bruce Kintz (CPH); Bishop Hans-Joerg Voigt (SELK); the Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison (LCMS); and the Rev. Roger Zieger (SELK). At right is the Rev. David L. Mahsman, and LCMS missionary and the ILSW’s managing director.

The following story was published in the February 2013 issue of REPORTER, the official newspaper of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It reports on significant actions taken in January to move the Wittenberg Project forward.

By James H. Heine

ST. LOUIS – At its board meeting here Jan. 17-18, the International Lutheran Society of Wittenberg (ILSW), the partnership that owns the “Old Latin School” in Wittenberg, Germany, approved four items that move “several steps forward” the restoration of the historic 16th-century school and its conversion into a Lutheran welcome center, education facility, mission post and guesthouse for visiting scholars, church workers, laypeople and students.

The partnership – the LCMS, Concordia Publishing House (CPH) and Germany’s Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church (in German, Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche, or SELK) – through its board,

  • approved a business plan for the project that demonstrates the project can operate on a break-even basis;
  • moved to request up to a $200,000 credit line for continued construction planning from the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF);
  • voted to request detailed construction plans from the project’s architect; and
  • endorsed a memorandum of agreement with the Colleg Wittenberg, a similar facility in Wittenberg, for housekeeping and reservation management for the Lutheran center, which is scheduled to open by May 1, 2015.

The four items were approved unanimously by the board.

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