The LCMS Council of Presidents September meeting includes nine newly elected district presidents, as the council examines various ongoing efforts across the Synod.
“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.
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.”
At their latest meeting, LCMS Council of Presidents members hear “recommended requirements” for pastors.
The Sept. 20-23 meeting of the LCMS Council of Presidents involves a lot more than oversight of administrative issues.
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.
The LCMS Council of Presidents divides into groups to work through such issues each time it meets, until April 2015.
Synod leaders hear updates about each group’s work, as well as on Concordia Retirement Plan changes and health-care reform.
The Council of Presidents spends a sizable amount of its Nov. 19-21 meeting in San Antonio on the topic. (File photo)
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.
“Luther bases the entire structure of Lutheran church government on the word ‘visitation,’” the Synod president said from the convention floor.