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 10 – Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution
10–01 – To Amend Bylaws to Clarify Dispute Resolution Processes
This resolution makes a bunch of changes to the bylaws in order to try to clarify the process for dispute resolution. It’s tough to summarize further; delegates should carefully read and consider, and bring questions to the open committee hearings on Saturday.
10–02 – To Amend Bylaws to Clarify Call and Roster Matters
Again, this resolution makes a bunch of changes to the bylaws in order to try to clarify call and roster matters. It’s tough to summarize further; delegates should carefully read and consider, and bring questions to the open committee hearings on Saturday.
10–03 – To Give Thanks to All who Worked to Complete the Process Outlined by 2016 Resolution 12–14, “Regarding the Right of an Accuser to Appeal When a District President or President Fails to Act or Declines to Suspend”
The resolution gives thanks for all the work that has been done in the previous triennium, regarding the dispute resolution process, that was discussed at length in the 2016 convention proceedings. Note the lengthy appendix.
10–04 – To Encourage Proper Pastoral Oversight in Administration of Lord’s Supper through Visitation of Ecclesiastical Supervisors
This resolution directs the district presidents to address communion practice during his congregation visitations, evangelically and fraternally addressing practices which are not in harmony with the scriptural teaching of closed communion, with the goal of those practices being corrected. It also requires the district presidents to issue reports to their respective district conventions regarding the ongoing visitation, and also exhorts the Synod President to oversee this process and to receive a report from each district president at the latest 90 days prior to the 2022 Synod convention.
10–05 – To Affirm the Advisory Role of District Presidents in Their Service of Calling Congregations of the LCMS
This resolution gently reminds district presidents and member congregations of the authority given to the congregation to issue a call to a pastor, and that the district president and representatives are merely in an advisory and helper role.
10–06 – To Respectfully Decline Overtures
Declines submitted specific overtures for the reasons given.