A Synod by Another Name…

In another article here on BJS someone commented that because of the mess with ELCA/NALC/LCMC we should change our name.  The frustration of the commenter is valid and as the alphabet soup of more liberal bodies expands, it is harder and harder to define “Lutheran” anymore (so we have come up with “confessional” to modify it, which is now claimed by all as well – I wonder which adjective is next).

I wrote this post to allow some to be serious, but for others to joke a bit.  I remember that there was almost universal rejection to the proposal of the BRTFSSG this past year to change the name of the LCMS.  I opposed it as well (and still oppose any change to our Synod’s name).  Nonetheless, it may be helpful or hilarious to pose some suggestions.

So with that I would suggest a reconsideration of our name as well (somewhat in jest).

Congregations of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession (CUAC)

Congregations – noting the primary unit of the body

Unaltered Augsburg Confession – as opposed to using “Lutheran” to avoid confusion.

CUAC logo – a duck (slap a cross on it too… or maybe a Luther’s rose)

I would have used a picture of Daffy Duck (with full wrap around clerical collar by the way) but it may have infringed on copyrights…

Seriously with regards to the LCMS, as “Lutheran” has suffered as of late, “Church” creates confusion with Synod (is it Church or not?), “Missouri” ties us to a geographical place (but also a rich heritage), and “Synod” is also confusing to some…  (note I still say stick with it because “Missouri Synod Lutheran” still means something good worldwide)

Satan has done a number on the English language to try to discredit the Gospel…

What name would you propose (serious or not) and why?  Please keep the suggestions in good taste…

About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


A Synod by Another Name… — 107 Comments

  1. @Pastor Phil Spomer #98

    Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod is still the best name, since the actual historical proclamations and works of the synod run with that name. Even your suggested name is subject to serious misinterpretation of course, since Orthodox does not mean orthodox.

  2. @Carl Vehse #99
    Yes, well said. We are LCMS and have reason to be proud of the name but I wouldn’t be offended if we distanced ourselves from the “new” LCMS of today and took on a more orthodox sound. It is hard to find an LCMS when out of town now that you can rely on to be historic and traditional. My own sister ended up joining (and later leaving) an Episcopal church in Texas because the only LCMS congregation had crossed over to the dark side so to speak and she couldn’t stand the new worship style and LOUD music.

  3. In the mid-1970s, the Missouri Synod cut out the liberals at the Sem who had separated themselves from the Missouri Synod doctrinal position. Today, we will again need to cut out those synodical officials, and individual and congregational members who, despite warnings, refuse to adhere to the Missouri Synod doctrinal position.

  4. @Carl Vehse #103

    Yes, I agree, because it is better to enter the Kingdom of God maimed without a hand than to remain whole with w sinful offending part and end up in the fires of Hell.

  5. Nobody likes my #1?

    Word & sacrament Christian synod. The name defines what its churches do.


    Concordia Christian Synod


    What does this mean? – confessional church


    Chemnitzian-waltherian-sassanian-lutheran-augistinian-christian church

  6. From 95. Rose has it right. LCMS folks should require proof from Scripture. “Show me-Missouri” gives credence to our believing what the Bible says.

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