Tim Frakes Productions

Seminex: Memories of a Church Divided

This is a preview of a documentary I am currently working on about a divide in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in the 1970′s.

On February 19, 1974, students and faculty at the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s St. Louis Concordia Theological Seminary marched through the campus – out the doors of an institution, church body and well established educational system – and into self-described exile.  
This story begins in the 19th Century when a new method of Biblical interpretation known as the “historical-critical method”, tore many Protestant churches apart.
Were Adam and Eve real people? Was Jonah actually swallowed by a fish? Or, did ancient authors reflect their own historical situation when addressing the people of their time and place?

For Missouri Synod Lutherans, the full impact of these theological debates and culturally conservative verses more modern world views came to a head decades after other church bodies had divided and drifted apart. 
The debate ruptured the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod at a time of vast American cultural and social upheaval: Viet Nam, the Civil Rights movement and Watergate. For many students, faculty, administrators and Lutherans throughout North America, the events in St. Louis took a personal toll. The walkout would divide families, split congregations and have a lasting impact on the future of the church.

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Florida Bahamas Synod: Together in Mission

Kairos and Associates asked me to help the Florida Bahamas Synod visualize a new mission strategy called “Together in Mission.” This video was produced in April, 2009. Florida locations include Miami, Avon Park, Brandon, Hudson, Tampa, Ocala, and Margate.

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Making Us One

Making Us One Final from Tim Frakes on Vimeo.

This is a video I produced for the North/West Lower Michigan Synod (N/WLMS) of the ELCA. Kairos and Associates is helping the N/WLMS develop an new center for mission and ministry campus is DeWitt, Michigan. The facility will house an existing congregation, a mission center and the synod offices. Given the state of the economy in Michigan, this is a bold step of faith.

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