The Rev. Berhanu Ofgaa, who experienced persecution at the hands of the Communist government in Ethiopia, encourages delegates to “rejoice in the cross of Jesus,” even in the midst of suffering.
With thankfulness to God, delegates vote to support the work of the Synod.
Action on issues raised within the church by changes in the culture continued on Tuesday at the 66th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Visiting church representatives attending the convention gather for a special recognition of the growth in the partnership between the LCMS and international Lutheran churches.
“Strengthen and support the Lutheran family in living out God’s design” will be added to the Synod’s six mission priorities.
Convention delegates elect ordained, commissioned and lay nominees to LCMS boards and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.
LCMS convention delegates encourage further discussion with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Anglican Church in North America and North American Lutheran Church.
The LCMS in convention votes to provide support for women seeking conscientious objector status to being drafted for military service.
Also adopted July 12 by delegates to the 66th Regular LCMS convention in Milwaukee was a resolution in support of the Synod’s three international schools.
Delegates adopt Resolution 13-02A “To Regularize Status of Licensed Lay Deacons Involved in Word and Sacrament Ministry.”
One of the resolutions — approved by 99.62 percent of delegates — encourages congregations to issue calls to returning missionaries and military chaplains.
Synod Third Vice-President Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus serves as the LCMS convention’s essayist on July 12.
Photos from Tuesday, July 12, at The 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Milwaukee.
Delegates adopt three resolutions offered by Floor Committee 7 on Monday, July 11, during the LCMS Convention in Milwaukee.
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recognizes fellowship with six partner churches on four continents.
The Rev. Dr. John Wollenburg Sias succeeds the 18-year incumbent, the Rev. Dr. Raymond L. Hartwig, as secretary of the Synod.