It’s Time…To Vote for Synod President!

Starting first thing Saturday morning, June 22, voting for LCMS President is open. Pastoral and Lay Voters throughout the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod should have received credentials via US Mail from Election-America. Voting runs through the end of the day on Tuesday, June 25.

Email credentials should arrive to those same Voters’ registered email addresses by the time comes to start voting. (Just in case something is lost in the mail, or in your house or office!)

It is very important that votes are made – this is part of our life together as Synod. If you are a Voter for your congregation or parish, we strongly encourage a vote for Rev. Matthew Harrison (as do Issues, Etc., Gottesdienst, and The United List amongst others). If you are not a Voter, call up your Pastoral and Lay Voters, both to remind them to vote and to encourage them to vote for Matthew Harrison.

For more regarding President Harrison’s faithful, careful, Scriptural approach, see the recent Q&A from the Lutheran Witness, as well as here, here, here, here, here, here, etc.

After the voting is all done, stay tuned. We have much more to bring you regarding upcoming elections and business at the 2019 Synod Convention in Tampa.

Tremendous Blessing: Synod’s External Debt Is No More

In May, the Synod was blessed by the Lord to finally retire all of its historic external debt. Millions and millions of dollars owed, accumulating over many years, is no more. This shows tremendous leadership by President Harrison, by the Synod Board of Directors and Chairman Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, and by many others heavily involved in working towards this goal throughout the past several years.

“For the first time in many decades, perhaps in a century, the LCMS has no external debt,” said LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison. “During our tenure, God has blessed us richly. We began nine years ago owing $21 million, and now we owe nothing.”

“This is a milestone achievement,” said BOD Chairman Rev. Dr. Michael L. Kumm, “because paying off the historic debt will free up millions of dollars in mission and ministry funds for years to come.

Be sure to read the whole story about God’s blessing the Synod with retiring this substantial debt.

Peace on a Mission

We’ve been washed by “water with the word” (Eph. 5:26), a “renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). When our pastor absolves us, both in the service and privately for comfort and consolation, we are forgiven. Each of us has the comfort of the resurrection as we face the many challenges of this life. The Church has a “Holy Spirit mission,” the very mission of Jesus. Whether as a full-time, called pastor or church worker, or as a person with one of a thousand God-pleasing vocations, we are called to speak of Jesus (Christ is risen!), to forgive sins and to ask for forgiveness in the name of Jesus. The Sunday service should be a rich and fulsome delivery of forgiveness, particularly in the absolution, the sermon and the Supper. And this rich and fulsome delivery of the forgiveness of sins continues into our daily lives — between husband and wife, parent and child, friend and neighbor, coworkers, etc.

Read more from President Harrison here. We encourage you to vote to reelect President Harrison, June 22-25, 2019 in the LCMS President election.

Floor Committees Meet – Resolutions Now Published

Part of the Convention process is the work of Floor Committees, taking Overtures and Reports sent in from the Synod and drafting Resolutions to be considered by the Delegates at Convention.

The Floor Committees have an initial “Floor Committee Weekend” where they gather in St. Louis and output all the initial Resolutions. This work is now completed and the first issue of Today’s Business is now out.

If you’re a Delegate, be sure to download Today’s Business and start reading, even before your print copy shows up in the mail. If you’re not a Delegate, you can still read the Resolutions and send in your comments on them to the various Chairmen of the Floor Committees. Information on all of this is found in Today’s Business and in the Convention Workbook.

Thanks, Herb!

I cannot thank God enough for the colleagues I’ve served with as Synod president. Herb has been a standout among many excellent and gifted servants of Christ. The Lord has blessed him with guilelessness. The Lord has blessed him with a work ethic unparalleled. The Lord has blessed him with a profound grasp of the Bible and the Lutheran Confessions. The Lord has blessed him with deep humility and compassion. The Lord has blessed him with tremendous experience. The Lord has blessed him with wisdom, compassion, honesty and love. I’m a much better man and Synod president for knowing him and serving with him. Herb is in robust health otherwise; he’s had to be to keep up with his intense schedule of service to the church. For three terms we have maintained a vigorous visitation of all 35 districts (per the LCMS Constitution) to listen, learn and encourage. Herb has overseen the directive of the 2016 convention that we colloquize qualified licensed lay deacons into the Office of the Ministry. He’s carried out that herculean task with fidelity and kindness. And we agree that, according to the Bible (Rom. 10) and the Lutheran Confessions (AC XIV), if a man is regularly performing the duties of the pastoral office, he should be placed in the pastoral office (call and ordination).

Read President Harrison’s further thoughts on First Vice-President Herb Mueller, as well as some of his preparatory thoughts on the upcoming 2019 LCMS Convention in Tampa.

The 2019 Synod Convention – Let’s Be Faithful

The 2019 LCMS Convention in Tampa, FL is almost upon us. In just under three months delegates from across the nation will gather to conduct the business of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.

We hope this site will again be a valuable resource for all the delegates as they elect leaders and board members, consider many resolutions, sing and pray together, and especially rejoice in the fellowship we have in the Lord Jesus Christ.

You can receive all of our updates via email. Just sign-up using the “Receive Updates Via Email” form at the top of the right-hand column of the site.

Soon we will be providing some helpful articles and overviews of noteworthy leadership candidates. Once the first issue of Today’s Business is published, we will provide overviews of Resolutions and other important matters.

In the meantime, we encourage you to download the Convention Workbook and the Biographical Synopses to see what business has been proposed, what the initial Synod reports say, and just who has been nominated to serve in the LCMS.