A Message from Rev. Matthew C. Harrison

This just came in from the LCMS WR-HC email list:


Dear friend,

“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus” (I Cor. 1:4).

This is the very first missive I’ve composed since being elected president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. I want to thank you for your unwavering generosity to the needy, your prayers, your support, and your enthusiasm for the work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. You have profoundly touched the lives of millions.

We all have questions as a result of the actions of the Synod’s 64th Regular Convention in July in Houston. Huge changes in the church’s structure were passed. The Board for Human Care Ministries’ responsibilities, along with the responsibilities of all other program boards, have been consolidated into National and International mission boards. The newly elected Synod president is now responsible for working through and implementing the changes voted on by convention delegates.

So what does this change mean for the mercy work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care?

It means that your help is needed now more than ever.

We will not only continue to exist and continue the myriad efforts that your generous gifts have supported, but as we streamline the entire LCMS organization, the ministry of mercy will saturate and affect virtually all of the Synod’s life. Mercy is who Jesus is. Mercy is what we are all about. Mercy is who I am to the core of my being, whether serving as executive director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care or president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Our work together will continue, and I ask that your gifts also continue. Please click on the Give Now opportunity below and send a gift of $100, $200, or even more if you can. Your gift will be used where it is most needed to share Christ’s mercy with people in need through the work of LCMS World Relief and Human Care.

I know many face financial challenges. But please give as the Lord has blessed you. We can’t stop sharing Christ’s mercy.

In deepest love in Christ,

Matthew C. Harrison
LCMS President-Elect

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

A Message from Rev. Matthew C. Harrison — 11 Comments

  1. Will LCMS World Relief and Human Care expand even more after we pull out of Lutheran World Relief in the future?

    I’ve always wondered why St. Louis was doubling LWF in the area of relief and mercy.

    Greg

  2. Dutch,
    I don’t think they will be able to differentiate until the new structures are in place. Can that even be started before Sept. 1? I hope not; it’s Harrison’s responsibility to make it work.

    Give him a chance. Someone said yesterday that he has to make 70-90 appointments in the next few weeks. That is an awe-full lot of work! And that’s only one facet of it.

    “Patience” and “Say your prayers!”

  3. Re.#4

    I repeat again what Todd Wilkins had in the article ITS PATIENCE AND PRAYER . We cannot stop or give up on either.

  4. My eyes are messing with me. I keep seeing “Give Sep. 1” on the little red button above. Anybody know if that would be the best thing to do?

  5. @mbw #6

    Pastor Harrison has asked us not to wait. I do understand the impulse, but I trust him.
    He’s still the head of WRHC, and as of 9/1 he will be the Synodical President. Either way, his word is on the line.

    And, actually, although I am delighted at our change of administration, I don’t have any reason to believe that our current Synodical President would divert designated funds. That would be a serious breach of faith, and maybe even a crime. I don’t believe that he would do it.

    Mercy forever! and Mercy now!

  6. He’s still the head of WRHC, and as of 9/1 he will be the Synodical President.

    According to a RNS interview by reporter Adelle M. Banks, President-elect Harrison responded to the question:

    “Q: You were the executive director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care. With the restructuring adopted at the convention, were you left momentarily without a job?”

    “A: Yes. It was a great and amazing irony that I essentially lost a job on Monday, and I had publicly spoken against the restructuring and did not ask for the new authority to be vested in the president. And the next day the delegates gave me a job and placed me into that very position.”

  7. @Carl Vehse #8
    It was a great and amazing irony that I essentially lost a job on Monday,…

    Harrison had “lost a job on Monday” but wouldn’t that have been effective Sept. 1, as the SP change will be? And he says the staff is working as usual; the re ordering of things will take a little time!

  8. According to Resolution 8-08A:

    Resolved, That the national office operations be realigned so that (a) the existing program boards and some staffed commissions are eliminated…”

    That elimination is in the present tense, and since it doesn’t require congregational approval as would a constitutional change, the elimination of program boards and some staffed commissions (including Rev. Harrison’s old job) was in effect immediately on passage. So I think President-elect Harrison is correct in his statement.

    Practically and to maintain continuity of services, of course, it will be a while before the actual realignments and eliminations are implemented. If Kieschnick had been re-elected, such changes probably would have started before Sept. 1. With the change in SP, some of the other changes will more likely wait until after Sept. 1.

  9. @Carl Vehse #10
    That elimination is in the present tense, and since it doesn’t require congregational approval as would a constitutional change, the elimination of program boards and some staffed commissions (including Rev. Harrison’s old job) was in effect immediately on passage. So I think President-elect Harrison is correct in his statement.

    Thank you! –hej

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