Today at Convention – Sunday, July 21st

What’s on tap, generally
After a day of floor committee hearings, delegate orientation, dinner, and the opening Divine Service (Let’s get the party started!), Sunday brings the first full day on the convention floor. Here’s what to expect:

  • Opening matters, including practice voting and the President’s Report, part 3
  • Convention Essay from 1st Vice-President Herb Mueller
  • Various Floor Committees bringing the first resolutions of the week to the convention for consideration
  • Balloting for First Vice-President and Regional Vice-Presidents
  • LCEF Ice Cream Social!

Key Items of the Day
The key item(s) of the day are the elections: A new First Vice-President of Synod and the regional vice presidents will be elected. It is very helpful to have a group of vice presidents who work well with the President of the Synod. See below for our recommendations.

Here’s Today’s Business for July 21 (Note: 2 parts!):
Today’s Business #2A
Today’s Business #2B

VP Elections
As mentioned above, one of the chief items of the day is election of the 1st Vice-President and Regional Vice-Presidents of the Synod:

With 1st VP Herb Mueller retiring later this summer, a new 1st Vice-President will be elected here in Tampa. The slate put forward by President Harrison is a fine slate all around – every man on the list would serve faithfully and well. However, we at Synod Convention Update recommend Rev. Peter K. Lange for election to the office of 1st Vice-President. Here’s an article highlighting our choice. The United List has also endorsed Peter Lange for election as 1st VP.

In the Central region, because there is no incumbent up for election, we recommend a vote for the Rev. Benjamin T. Ball. (Also see here, scrolled down a bit.) Pastor Ball is a wonderful pastor who also has experience serving at the District level. He would fit in very well amongst the rest of the Praesidium and will contribute to a supportive and faithful group, working closely with President Harrison.

In the other regional elections, we recommend a vote for all of the incumbent VP’s:

  • East-Southeast: Christopher S. Esget
  • Great Lakes: John C. Wohlrabe, Jr.
  • Great Plains: Nabil S. Nour
  • West-Southwest: Scott R. Murray

Convention Essay – Herb Mueller
Today 1st Vice-President Mueller will present the opening essay of the convention – Joy:Fully Lutheran: Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks. We’d be remiss not to rejoice, pray, and give thanks for the faithful work that Pastor Mueller has given to the Church over decades, as a parish pastor, District President, and 1st Vice-President of the Synod. Thanks, Herb!

Rev. Peter K. Lange – Leader, Pastor, Confessor of the Faith

Rev. Peter K. Lange has served as president of the Kansas District since 2015; he was unanimously elected to a second term in 2018. He is, by reputation, a highly effective leader and team builder, well-regarded and trusted by his peers, his staff, and those he serves. Under President Lange’s leadership, the Kansas District has made significant improvements in numerous areas, including visitation, the call process, mission outreach, communication and transparency, worker support, administrative efficiency, and unity building. Throughout his tenure, he has prioritized a strong working relationship with the Synod, emphasizing the role of the district as “Synod in this place.”

Rev. Lange’s experience as Kansas District president would serve him well in the position of LCMS first vice-president, as would his leadership experience at the Synod level. He currently serves as secretary of the Council of Presidents (elected after just one term)and is a member of the Synod’s Program Committee. He has served on floor committees at three Synod conventions, serving this year as chair of Floor Committee 2 (International Witness) and in 2016 as chair of Floor Committee 15 (Reformation). He was appointed to the 13–01A Task Force on the Royal Priesthood and the Office of the Public Ministry after the 2016 Synod Convention, and in 2018, he was appointed to serve as the LCMS representative on the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Tshwane (LTS), South Africa.

From everything we know about President Lange, we’re confident that the office of first vice-president would be in good hands if he were elected. To learn more, visit the Kansas District website, kslcms.org, where you can check out President Lange’s 2019 convention report and Sermons and Articles page.

We at Synod Convention Update strongly recommend a vote for Rev. Peter K. Lange for First Vice-President of the Synod.

1st VP Slate and Nominee Changes

Secretary Sias has published an official notice, making public the slate of 5 nominees on the ballot for First Vice-President of the Synod. The ballot is:

  • Christopher S. Esget
  • Peter K. Lange
  • Scott R. Murray
  • John C. Wille
  • John C. Wohlrabe Jr.

All five on the slate are faithful, joyful Lutherans who would serve well in the office. We at Synod Convention Update recommend a vote for Peter K. Lange.

Here’s what District President Lange has to say in his personal statement:

It’s a joy to serve the church as President of the Kansas District, just as it would be a joy and an honor to serve our Synod as First Vice-President. Devoted foremost to supporting the faithful ministry of our Lord’s Word and Sacraments, I would work in my capacity as First Vice-President to build strong relationships with colleagues and everyone I serve while assisting the President in fulfilling the constitutional and convention mandates of our Synod. In short, I would try to do my small part to help the Body of Christ build itself up in love (Eph. 4).

Also included in this notice are a few changes (additions and removals) to slates of nominees up for election to other positions in the Synod. These updated slates should be noted in Today’s Business #2 when it is published, but we recommend making note in your convention materials even now.

Check out the whole notice here.