LCMS Convention

Worldwide witness, support for national mission, church relations among key actions on day four of business at LCMS convention

For Immediate Release Contact: Vicki Biggs, 314-996-1236, 314-556-3829 (cell), @theLCMS, @LCMSConvention ST. LOUIS, July 24, 2013—On their fourth full day of business at the 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, delegates worked swiftly to address numerous matters including…

Delegates united in support for Wittenberg Project

No debate necessary. The nearly 1,200 delegates to the 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) unanimously affirmed a resolution yesterday calling for churchwide support of The Wittenberg Project, a venue for Christian education and a platform for Gospel proclamation in Wittenberg, Germany, the birthplace of the Reformation.

Delegates support continuing education of pastors

Delegates approve six higher-education resolutions, including one that establishes a standard for continuing education for pastors.

Service of Baptismal Remembrance ‘affirms God’s gift of Baptism’

With the Service of Baptismal Remembrance, LCMS convention delegates and attendees close July 24 business in worship.

Convention elects Nazareth native fifth vice-president

“We are so busy writing programs and doing this and doing that, but we need to be about doing the business of the Church,” says the Rev. Nabil Nour.

Delegates pass resolutions on study of licensed lay deacons, Lord’s Supper oversight

In their second appearance at the convention, the Theology and Church Relations Floor Committee presents three resolutions, all of which are adopted.

Convention recognizes Lutheran Church of Togo as partner church

Begun by mission efforts of the LCMS in 1980, the Eglise Luthérienne du Togo (the Lutheran Church of Togo) has more than 30 congregations and preaching stations and 5,221 baptized members.

Delegates vote to support school, rural, black ministries; church revitalization, workers

The ministries of early childhood, elementary and secondary Lutheran schools were highlighted today among a whopping 13 “Life Together” resolutions adopted by delegates.

Convention adopts three resolutions to increase witness work worldwide

Delegates encourage The Wittenberg Project, call for a doubling of career missionaries and mandate a new study on mission for the 21st century.

LCMS convention voices unanimous support for Lutheran Malaria Initiative

With a unanimous voice vote yesterday, the nearly 1,200 delegates to the 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) affirmed Resolution 2-06, encouraging a strong finish for the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI).

Service emphasizes ‘sweet death’ for Christian

The Rev. William C. Weedon says, “We are truly one in Christ with all of those saints of God who have passed away.”

Wurdeman shares news of LHM outreach plans, call to Buchholz

Ministry connects 43,123 people last year alone with church homes, drawing standing ovation from LCMS convention delegates.

Final essay: ‘Baptized for Life Together,’ in koinonia with Christ

In his July 24 essay, the Rev. Dr. Steven Mueller tells the assembly we are “called and equipped for life together, and by God’s grace, we can live it.”

In Baptismal fellowship, all are confessional, missional

Baneck preaches, “Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, He builds our life together.”

Convention OKs strategy to eliminate ‘historic CUS debt’

Delegates also call for erasing student debt, continuing a “funding model” for LCMS missionaries and numerous Bylaw changes.

Mercy works, women in combat, Specific Ministry Pastor program key actions on third day of business at LCMS convention

On the third full day of business at the 65th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, dozens of resolution came before the delegates, including those having to do with women serving in combat, upholding the church’s extensive network of mercy ministry partners, managing the Specific Ministry Pastor program, election of officers for Synod entities, and housekeeping relative to church structure and ecclesiastical oversight.