Floor Committee 5 finished its business at the 68th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, presenting resolutions on Communion practice, Lutheran education, and marriage and sexuality.
The Finnish Lutheran bishop and member of Parliament described their prosecution by Finnish courts and called upon Christians to proclaim the Gospel boldly.
The Rev. Dr. Lawrence Rast Jr. and the Rev. Dr. Thomas Egger commended residential seminary education to the Synod as the historical and faithful model for training servants for ministry to the church and world.
The series of four presentations on the Synod’s international mission efforts explain the OIM’s emphasis on spreading the Gospel, planting Lutheran churches and showing mercy.
All five university presidents support Res. 7-04B, “To Revise Bylaws to Revisit and Renew Relationship of Colleges and Universities with the Synod.”
The International Church Relations Forum offered more than 40 international church leaders the opportunity for study, discussion and fellowship during the 2023 LCMS convention.
The resolutions clarify multi-parish representation at conventions, fix various glitches in the convention Handbook and clarify Synod Bylaws.
The resolutions from Floor Committee 2 address the Alliance Missionary Program, independent international congregations and the FORO model, among other things.
Delegates also adopted resolutions that commend Lutheran schools, address church worker student debt, encourage family devotions and recommend youth ministry resources.
The ordained, commissioned and lay members will serve on boards of the LCMS and its entities.
The resolution calls Concordia University Texas to repentance for seeking to separate itself from Synod governance.
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%).
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 re-elected for a third term as Synod secretary.