On Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Floor Committee (FC) 3 Chairman Rev. Brady Finnern introduces a resolution to raise awareness of the magnitude of the problem of human trafficking. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)
Delegates unanimously pass three resolutions on mercy

The resolutions call for raising awareness of human trafficking, encouraging pastoral care for those who suffer from mental illness, and giving thanks for LCMS Disaster Response’s faithful work.

2023 LCMS convention — A conversation with Bishop Juhana Pohjola and Dr. Päivi Räsänen

The Rev. Dr. Juhana Pohjola, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland, and Dr. Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Finnish Parliament, discuss religious persecution in Finland.

A convention delegate studies an issue of Today’s Business during the LCMS convention on July 31. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)
LCMS convention adopts eight resolutions on structure and administration

The resolutions clarify multi-parish representation at conventions, fix various glitches in the convention Handbook and clarify Synod Bylaws.

2023 LCMS convention — Focus on church and culture

Floor Committee 11 Chairman Rev. Terry Forke and Voting Layperson Melanie Standiford discuss convention resolutions on racism and social media.

LCMS Missouri District President Rev. Dr. R. Lee Hagan, chairman of Floor Committee 2 on International Witness, speaks to the delegates on Aug. 1 at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. (LCMS/Roy S. Askins)
Convention adopts seven International Witness resolutions

The resolutions from Floor Committee 2 address the Alliance Missionary Program, independent international congregations and the FORO model, among other things.

The Rev. Benjamin Ball, Floor Committee 12 chairman and newly elected LCMS second vice-president, leads the assembly in singing “Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain” in honor of Lutheran schools. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)
Synod convention calls for new Lutheran academic standards

Delegates also adopted resolutions that commend Lutheran schools, address church worker student debt, encourage family devotions and recommend youth ministry resources.

Floor Committee 13 Chairman Rev. Scott C. Sailer, president of the LCMS South Dakota District, presents a slate of candidates to the assembly on Aug. 1 at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)
Delegates elect 21 members to five Synod boards

The ordained, commissioned and lay members will serve on boards of the LCMS and its entities.

The Rev. Dr. Jamison J. Hardy, president of the LCMS English District and vice-chairman of Floor Committee 7 on University Education, leads debate on Resolution 7-03 at the LCMS convention on Aug. 1. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)
Delegates express desire for reconciliation with CTX, pass Res. 7-03

The resolution calls Concordia University Texas to repentance for seeking to separate itself from Synod governance.

The Rev. Dr. Brian S. Saunders, LCMS Iowa District East president, speaks with members of Floor Committee 5 as they prepare to present Resolution 5-08A. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)
Convention affirms in-person Communion

Delegates to 2023 convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) passed Resolution 5-08A, “To Affirm In-Person Communion,” by a vote of 842 to 140 (or 85.74%).

Rev. Dr. Jonathan Shaw
2023 LCMS convention — A conversation with Rev. Dr. Jonathan Shaw

The Rev. Dr. Jonathan Shaw, director of LCMS Church Relations, discusses convention resolutions on international church fellowship.

Concordia University System governance proposal
2023 LCMS convention — Focus on universities

Members of Floor Committee 7 discuss the Concordia University System governance proposal.

The Rev. Dr. Dwayne M. Lueck, vice-chairman of Floor Committee 10 on Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution, commences the work of FC 10 on July 31 at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Milwaukee. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)
LCMS convention adopts five Ecclesiastical Supervision resolutions

The resolutions address ordained and commissioned candidate placement, standards of accountability, spiritual care for victims of sexual misconduct, and some “housekeeping” Bylaw changes.

LCMS Iowa District East President Brian Saunders speaks with the Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, executive director of Commission on Theology and Church Relations during the discussion of Resolution 5-07 at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. (LCMS/Frank P. Kohn)
LCMS recognizes broken fellowship with Japan Lutheran Church

For only the second time in its history, the LCMS recognized that it is no longer in fellowship with another church body.

The Rev. Dr. John W. Sias was elected to his third term as LCMS secretary on July 31 in Milwaukee. (LCMS/Erik M. Lunsford)
Sias re-elected, Synod BOD positions filled

The Rev. Dr. John W. Sias was re-elected for a third term as Synod secretary.

Oklahoma District President Rev. David R. Nehrenz, chairman of Floor Committee 1 (left), and Atlantic District President Rev. Dien A. Taylor, an advisory ordained member of Floor Committee 1 (right), present Res. 1-02A to the floor during the committee’s July 31 presentation to the 68th Regular Convention of the LCMS in Milwaukee. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)
LCMS convention adopts eight National Witness resolutions

The resolutions address church planting, mission to U.S. immigrant communities, multi-congregation parish support, church worker wellness and more.

2023 LCMS convention — Focus on seminaries

The Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Egger, president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and the Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr., president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, discuss why we need seminaries and how seminaries form pastors.