Council of Presidents

Nine new district presidents fit ‘seamlessly’ into COP

The LCMS Council of Presidents September meeting includes nine newly elected district presidents, as the council examines various ongoing efforts across the Synod.

First-call, vicarage candidates not enough to fill requests

“We need to be encouraging in every possible way those men who wish to prepare for the Office of the Ministry,” says LCMS Council of Presidents Placement Committee Chairman Rev. Kurtis D. Schultz.

COP adopts statement on ecclesiastical supervision

In the statement, LCMS district presidents pledge their commitment “to the authority of the inspired, inerrant Scriptures as the only source and norm for our doctrine and practice.”

Ministry excellence, domestic violence among COP topics

At their latest meeting, LCMS Council of Presidents members hear “recommended requirements” for pastors.

COP meeting spotlights training, mercy, outreach, mission

The Sept. 20-23 meeting of the LCMS Council of Presidents involves a lot more than oversight of administrative issues.

Council of Presidents assigns vicarages, first calls

The district presidents also meet with seminary faculty and hear reports from LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison and LCMS Secretary Rev. Dr. Raymond Hartwig.

COP applies ‘Koinonia Project’ to church issues

The LCMS Council of Presidents divides into groups to work through such issues each time it meets, until April 2015.

COP, BOD hold joint annual session

Synod leaders hear updates about each group’s work, as well as on Concordia Retirement Plan changes and health-care reform.

COP lays groundwork for ‘Ministry of Visitation’

The Council of Presidents spends a sizable amount of its Nov. 19-21 meeting in San Antonio on the topic. (File photo)

COP delves into range of topics, biblical studies

On the first full day of its Sept. 20-24 meeting, the Synod’s Council of Presidents spends the heart of the morning continuing to refine a paper on the Office of the Public Ministry.

Harrison leaves chair to address resolution

“Luther bases the entire structure of Lutheran church government on the word ‘visitation,’” the Synod president said from the convention floor.

Council of Presidents assigns first calls, vicarages

The LCMS Council of Presidents assigns first pastoral calls to 138 men. In addition, 103 vicar candidates are assigned, as well as 64 commissioned ministers.