HOUSTON–Delegates to the national convention of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod called for a final financial audit of all outgoing boards and administration, a result of structure and governance changes adopted this week, and they expressed appreciation to those who worked on the changes.
The delegates also voted by more than two-thirds not to consider additional proposed constitutional amendments related to Synod structure and governance at this convention.
The 64th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod met July 10-17 at the George R. Brown Convention Center under the theme “ONE People–Forgiven.” Among the approximately 3,000 participants were some 1,200 clergy and lay voting delegates.
On the convention’s final day, Floor Committee 8 for Synod Structure and Governance ended its work, concluding five years of effort requested by LCMS President Dr. Gerald B. Kieschnick. Dr. Larry A. Stoterau, president of the LCMS Pacific Southwest District, chaired the floor committee.
Resolutions adopted by the convention were:
- Resolution 8-40, “a request for final audit of all outgoing boards,” was adopted as amended 933-29. In conjunction with the independent transition team, the LCMS Board of Directors authorized an audit to be performed of the outgoing boards and administration, The convention ordered that the results be reported to leaders and members of the Synod. The action also was intended to ‘bring a peaceful conclusion to the ministry and finances of former boards and administration, and creates a fresh starting point for the new structure and the new leadership team of the LCMS.”
- Resolution 8-41, expressing thanks to Floor Committee 8, the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance and others who worked on the proposals, was adopted by acclamation. Delegates stood and applauded. Speaking on behalf the Synod, Kieschnick thanked all involved in the process for their “fine, faithful and long work.”
Speaking for the resolution, Dr. Thomas W. Kuchta, Synod treasurer, said the resolution was not an attempt to “discredit” leaders. He said there are significant permanently and temporarily restricted funds, and that it is “extremely important and extremely necessary” that audits be done. He said LCMS internal audit staff could do the work.
Posted July 17, 2010