The 2010 LCMS convention apparently wants change. Some less substantial changes to the structure proposals passed by significant margins. The largest change, 8-08, the resolution to eliminate the numerous boards elected by the convention that report to their boards and replacing them with two commissions that report to the president of the synod, was passed by a slim 4% margin. This is a dramatic switch that marginalizes the congregations from the setting of direction for the synod.
The fact that the convention has decided that the synod has been failing for the last decade to the point that we need a total makeover of the synod suggests that they would also want to make a change at the top. The current president has been in office for nine years and has led the synod to this position of near financial ruin and disunity.
Tomorrows vote for president is getting interesting-er and interesting-er. Stay tuned for more news and commentary. We will try by mid-afternoon to provide a more comprehensive analysis of the voting results so far today.