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Allan R. Buss

Email: president@nidlcms.org

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 and 2022. 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.

Video Updates – Watch President Buss’s videos for updates and words of encouragement.

Mission Focus

As the District office, we carry out our mission by upholding three pillars. These pillars direct our work together in the vision laid out for us.

WORD: Helping congregations be more centered on a rich life of Word and Sacrament, with congregational support in transitions as well as time of joys and sorrows.
WELLNESS: Promoting and encouraging health and vitality in congregations, schools, ministries, professional workers and lay-leaders.
WITNESS: Encouraging personal witnessing, congregational engagement with their community, support of our NID partnerships and missions and sharing in a world mission field together.

Circuits 4 & 8 Partnership Gathering

1 Corinthians 3:6-9
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

The LCMS Northern Illinois District encourages you to partner with us in Advancing His Kingdom, faithfully serving the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sharing it in our community and the world. You make a difference!

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:

Circuit 14 Partnership Gathering

Pastoral Evaluation Tools

Colloquy certification

For information, please email president@nidlcms.org

Vicar application & pastor SET forms:

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


The 60th Convention of the Northern Illinois District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Task Force on Multicultural Ministry

Resolution 3-03A from the Northern Illinois District 60th Convention required the establishment of a task force and release of a report of their findings.