Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action

[A March 6 news article from the Reporter:] Congregations ratify ‘circuit visitor’ convention action By a vote of 1,496 to 517, LCMS congregations have ratified the 2013 LCMS convention’s approval to amend Article XII of the Synod Constitution. That vote … Continue reading

A Constitutional Amendment and a Convention Review (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Today, two things coming out of the recent LCMS Convention: First, the convention approved, by over a two-thirds vote, Resolution 7-02A, “To Return to Use of Title ‘Circuit Visitor.’” This resolution would change the title “circuit counselors” to “circuit visitors.” … Continue reading

The Boring-Isn’t-Bad Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The gavel has sounded. The 2013 National LCMS Convention has come to a close. Some might call it “The Do-Nothing Convention.” Or “The Kick-the-Can-Down-the-Road Convention.” Or “The It-Isn’t-Time-Yet Convention.” Or “The Baptized-for-the-Next-Convention Convention.” But I think a better name might … Continue reading

Recapping the Resolutions: One Thing to Pool Them All (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Over the past week, I posted seven articles with my comments on the 116 proposed resolutions coming from the seven floor committees. There was a request to put those all together into one resource for more convenient use. Here it … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 7, Structure and Ecclesiastical Matters (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“I hold in my hand . . . the last envelope.” Audience cheers wildly. Carnac stares at audience. I now come to the last floor committee. But instead of cheering wildly, I want you to pay close attention. Because while … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 6, Administration and Finance (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

To the sixth of the seven floor committees, i.e., Administration and Finance. Most of the resolutions here look fairly innocuous. If you have any feedback, try to get it to the committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. For reference: Today’s … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 5, Seminary and University Education (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On to Committee 5. Feedback on proposed resolutions from any of the seven floor committees should be sent to the respective committee chairman by tomorrow, if possible. (Note: My comment on 5-04 has been revised since original posting.) For reference: … Continue reading

Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down the Road? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

(This post follows up on my previous one, about Committee 4, as it deals in more depth with Resolution 4-06. This article appears in the July 2013 edition of The Lutheran Clarion, CH) Lay Deacons: Kicking the Can Down … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 4, Theology and Church Relations (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

We continue our journey through the seven floor committees. Committee chairmen would like to receive feedback by this Friday, if possible. Here again are documents that may come in handy for reference: Today’s Business Convention Workbook 2010 Handbook 4. THEOLOGY … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 3, Life Together (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

I’m doing more than one floor committee today, so that we can get through all seven by Friday, which is when the committee chairmen (listed on page 11 of Today’s Business) want feedback to be received. We continue, then, with … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 2, Mercy (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

At every convention, whether district or national, there are always a large number of what I call “mom and apple pie” resolutions. They usually go something like this: To Encourage Good Things RESOLUTION 9-999 WHEREAS, Our committee has to come … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Omnibus; Committee 1, Witness (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The National Convention of the LCMS will soon be here, July 20-25 in St. Louis. Conventions do two main types of business, elections and resolutions. (For elections, see Biographical Synopses & Statements of Nominees, as well as the recommendations of … Continue reading

Pre-convention meeting in St. Louis area, June 29 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

There will be a pre-convention meeting in the St. Louis area this Saturday, June 29, starting at 9:30 a.m., at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Arnold, Missouri. The main purpose of this unofficial meeting is to go over the proposed … Continue reading

Another DP uses his office to campaign for the “Missional List” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In recent days we have seen reports of district presidents using the power and resources of their office to campaign for one candidate over another for synod president in the upcoming election. President Paul Linnemann wrote to the delegate-electors of … Continue reading

The Clear Choice – A District President Comments on the LCMS Election

I received in my inbox an email circulating among delegates to the 2013 LCMS convention. The writer of this email (a district president) articulates his impressions of three nominees for synod president, including the incumbent Matt Harrison. The email’s author … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Today’s Business now online (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 The first issue of Today’s Business is now online. This is about a week earlier than I, for one, was expecting. The print edition will follow, being sent to convention attendees sometime within the next … Continue reading

“We Are Baptized for This Moment”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

To go with this summer’s LCMS Convention theme, Baptized for This Moment: A Bible Study, is being made available for free through the synod’s website, where you can download a pdf file of the study. The study’s five lessons are: … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Convention Workbook now out (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 The 2013 Convention Workbook is now out! It was posted online yesterday and will be arriving in the mail soon. Over 450 pages from cover to cover! What’s in there? Lists of delegates, floor committees, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominees announced for Synod President, VPs, BOD (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25 Today the nominees were announced for LCMS President, First Vice-President, regional vice-presidents, and regional Board of Director lay members. The nominees are those who received the highest number of nominations from congregations and who then consented … Continue reading

Synod introduces resources on Church Fellowship (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

At the 2010 Convention in Houston, there was a proposed resolution, Res. 8-30 “To Amend Article VI of the Constitution,” which would have changed the language of our Synod’s article on “Conditions of Membership.” In my opinion, those changes would … Continue reading

Overtures on SMP and District Lay Deacon Programs (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overtures were adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook. CH] To Upgrade the SMP Program WHEREAS, Holy Scripture sets high standards for the theological aptitude … Continue reading

Overture: “To Provide Guidance on Participation in Interfaith and Joint Worship Services” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overture was adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook.  CH] To Provide Guidance on Participation in Interfaith and Joint Worship Services WHEREAS, the LORD God … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominations Ballots, by February 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25 In early October all LCMS congregations were sent a mailing from the Office of the Secretary containing Official Nominations Ballots and return envelopes for the 2013 Elections. These ballots must be voted on, filled out, returned, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Submitting overtures, by March 2–better, by February 1 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 SUBMITTING CONVENTION OVERTURES 1. What is an “overture”? An overture would be comparable to a motion made at a congregational voters’ assembly, except that an overture is submitted to the Synod’s “voters’ assembly” (i.e., the … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Test of Presidential Voters List, October 15 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 This Monday, October 15, Secretary Hartwig will be testing the e-mail system for the LCMS presidential vote in June. The electors who will cast a vote for Synod President–that is, the delegates who attended their … Continue reading