Resolution Overview – Floor Committee 4

We want to make your life a little bit easier as you prepare for the Synod Convention. We’re compiling short summaries of all the Resolutions found in Today’s Business #1. This is not so that Delegates don’t take the time to carefully study all of the Resolutions, but for reference after that, to quickly have an idea about what resolution is what. Or perhaps these summaries will help you understand what you just read! Either way, please make use of these as you find helpful.

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Floor Committee 4 – Life Together

4–01 – To Affirm and Celebrate 60 Years of Director of Christian Education Ministry in the Synod
Does just what the title says.

4–02 – To Commend LCMS Deaconesses and Diaconal Work
Commends just as the title says, and also encourages LCMS congregations, etc. to “embrace” LCMS deaconesses (figuratively speaking, we imagine).

4–03 – To Commend to Synod Priorities for Mission and Ministry Emphasis for the 2019–2022 Triennium
The Synod is required to always have a Mission and Ministry Emphasis – think of it as Synod’s “north star” guiding the work done during a triennium. This resolution established Making Disciples for Life as the Emphasis for this triennium.

4–04 – To Expand and Strengthen the Input with Which the Synod’s Triennial Mission and Ministry Emphases Are Determined
Input for the Emphases are more or less required to be submitted by district conventions and circuit forums, and yet generally a lot of feedback has not been received since the 2010 restructuring. This enables a bit more suggestion and guidance from the Board for National Mission and Board for International Mission in regards to new emphases.

4–05 – To Commend the Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 2022
Just as the title says.

4–06 – To Amend Bylaw Section 6.2 to Revitalize Synod’s Recognized Service Organization Program
This one’s a biggie, and difficult to summarize in brief. Delegates should carefully study and consider this resolution. Briefly, it revamps the Recognized Service Organization program, making it much more helpful in identifying what various RSO’s do (and should be expected to be doing in regard to the Scriptures and Confessions).

4–07 – To Commend Actions to Synod Boards and Offices to Revitalize Synod’s Recognized Service Organization Program
This resolution follows on 4–06 and instructs the Synod to do what it takes to implement the changes to the RSO program.

4–08 – To Thank and Praise God for Concordia Publishing House’s 150th Anniversary
This one does as the title says. Be prepared. There will be singing when this passes.

4–09 – To Declare April 18, 2021, as “Here I Stand” Sunday and to Encourage Multi-Congregation Celebrations
Creates another special Sunday title in place of the classical, historic order of the liturgical year.

4–10 – To Continue the Celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, including Commemoration of Events from 1519 through 1522
Encourages ongoing celebration of the events of the conservative reformation as their respective 500th anniversary dates come up.

4–11 – To Encourage the Study of the Doctrine of Closed Communion and Faithful Practice in All Congregations
Once again the Synod encourages more study of Closed Communion. On a positive note, at least they had the decency not to write it as “close(d)” in the title (yep, we’re looking at you, line 20). Commends Harrison and Pless’ book Closed Communion which is very, very good and is a must read.

4–12 – To Thank and Praise God for the 10th Anniversary of the Publication of The Lutheran Study Bible
Does what it says. Do you own a copy of The Lutheran Study Bible? You should!