All of us need to be concerned about some of the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance (BRTFSSG) final recommendations! What are some of the major concerns?
1. All the synodical program boards would be eliminated and replaced with two commissions under the direct supervision and control of the President.
2. The Board for Mission Services and Board for Human Care Ministries would be eliminated and replaced by a “Commission for National Mission” and “Commission for International Mission” to “assist the President” and “advise the President.” Rev. Matthew Harrison is the Executive Director of the Board for Human Care Ministries.
3. No longer will delegates be able to elect whom they think best suited for First Vice President. Delegates would be limited to electing from the President’s list of who he deems “most compatible with his style of leadership and vision.”
4. You will not believe how much power and authority would be transferred to the synodical President. This is my greatest concern!
The above is a small sampling of what some of the 21 recommendations are proposing. We and the remainder of synod need to know what is to be recommended the first two days at synod’s Houston convention (July 10-17).
I strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend our next Texas Confessional Lutherans meeting on Thursday, March 25, from 11AM to 3PM at Grace Lutheran Church, Brenham. Our guest speaker (via phone) will be Rev. Richard Bolland, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO. Copies of the final 21 recommendations of the BRTFSSG will be available for all who attend. There will be ample time for Q & A.
Please invite all delegates (pastor, lay, alternate pastor, alternate lay) to the meeting.
C y’all in Blue Bell country!
Rev. Andrew Simcak, Jr.