Desire for Change Apparent in the Convention and May Sweep all the Way to the Presidential Elections, by Pr. Rossow

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.

About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.

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Desire for Change Apparent in the Convention and May Sweep all the Way to the Presidential Elections, by Pr. Rossow — 103 Comments

  1. The theme for the convention seems a little ironic: One People, Forgiven. One People implies unity and speaking with one voice. I’m not sure when the last time was that a convention did not have close votes on important issues. If only we did have unity, or at least maybe 80% agreement in convention.

  2. Jim :As a result of the 2010 convention:
    How many LCMS congregations will have an “ELCA moment” and vote to break away from the LCMS and join the AALC?

    None. The LCMS and AALC are in fellowship.

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