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Allan R. Buss

Rev. Dr. Allan R. Buss

After 28 years as a parish pastor in the LCMS Northern Illinois District, Rev. Dr. Allan R. Buss was elected president of the LCMS Northern Illinois District in 2018. During his presidency, the one thing everything we do will serve is “keeping the main thing the main thing”, faithfully serving the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing it in our community and the world.

Commentary – Read President Buss’s articles originally published in the district communications.

Contact the district president’s office:

  • When questions arise regarding doctrine and practice
  • When there is a pastoral vacancy in a congregation
  • When assistance is needed with a parish crisis or conflict management
  • When a change requires updating a church worker’s official status or record

Tools for a pastoral vacancy in a congregation:

Calling Manual (PDF) – Forms and guidelines for calling a pastor

Purchase of Temporary Pastoral Services (PDF) – Updated February 2016

Supply Pastor List

Colloquy certification:


Application to enter program

Helpful information

LCMS Handbook – February 2017 update

NID Bylaws – 2015

District Convention Proceedings – 2018

District Annual Report – 2019

Marriage Policies for Congregations

Protecting Your Ministry – legal guidelines NEW

For District – Update information online.

For Synod – Rostered commissioned workers must fill in CMIF online. Contact Rosters & Statistics at 888-843-5267 or rosters.stats@lcms.org for personal log-in access.