LCMS President Candidate Q&A

See all the questions and answers from the candidates here. And be sure to vote for LCMS President on June 22-25, 2019!

Q: What do you perceive as your greatest weakness, and how are you working to mitigate it?  


“For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh” (Rom. 7:18). “There is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches” (2 Cor. 11:28). I worry about the Church. I’m but a worm, a speck in the life of the Church. It’s Christ’s Church (Matt. 16:18). I plunge my sins into my Savior’s wounds. “I believe, Lord; help thou my unbelief” (Mark 9:24). Pray for me that the Spirit continually drives me to the Word and the foot of the cross.


My greatest weakness is wanting to do all the work myself. I have mitigated this weakness by tirelessly building and equipping teams of competent leaders who reflect a diversity of ideas, opinions, outlooks and backgrounds. By helping people work together we become stronger and more unified. Teaming helps us maximize on our strengths and diminishes individual weaknesses.


I struggle to find “particular” down time and when to take it in order to “recharge.” Ministry motivates so much I do not always remember to “surface” for air. Pat, my awesome wife, has helped — and continues to help — me acknowledge that, and with God’s help, do something about it. Ministry is consuming and to do your best the Lord needs to regularly refresh you in body, mind and especially spirit. I am thankful He is a loving and generous God.

On a lighter note, spicy food has always been a weakness (and a love).