To Maintain Accountability of Synodical Universities to the Synod

Whereas, one of the most important ways in which synodical universities are held accountable to the membership of the synod is through the election of four of the university Board of Regents at synodical conventions on a regular basis, and the election of four others at the respective district conventions; and

Whereas, in the restructuring of the synod in 2010, the Task Force added a bylaw that mandated “no less than four and no more than eight laypersons” are to be appointed as voting members by the board of regents; and

Whereas, the appointed members of the Regents are allowed to appoint their successors, and this practice of self-perpetuating appointments is not allowed on the LCMS Board of Directors (bylaw or on the LCMS seminary Board of Regents (bylaw; and

Whereas, in the absence of one elected member, or other situations, the eight appointed members could control the board against the will of the elected members of the synod and district; and

Whereas, this situation undermines the accountability of all ten synodical universities to their chief constituency, the membership of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod; there be it

Resolved, that present bylaw be revised by adding to its end this sentence: “Appointed members may not vote on the appointment of other members of the board.”

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,, 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


To Maintain Accountability of Synodical Universities to the Synod — 3 Comments

  1. Why should appointed members be allowed to appoint their successors!?

    That sounds like a good way to promote nepotism, cronyism and a “club” mentality… in brief, “Chicago style” politics!

  2. @helen #1
    Nah if this was politics Chicago style it would involve sainted members voting early and often. This is more like New York or Massachusetts style, where you have all the old money cronyism.

  3. With the advent of “Free Non-Discrimination Zones” concerning ‘Alternate Sexuality Practices’ in Portland and then Concordia University, Chicago, I wonder how much oversite and or accountability in reality exists anyway.

    Rather there is none and never will be as there has never been any ‘oversite’ since the release of the ‘Statement of the 44 in 45’, which attacked Synod’s doctrine of Fellowship and therefore the doctrine of Justification and no discipline was applied to these men other than, ‘Oh please don’t cause to much trouble men and will talk”. Ever since then everyone has known that ‘to get along’ means to not be to Lutheran,

    After all ‘Levels of Fellowship’ do exist and to insist it is otherwise is to be unloving and uncaring. And we wonder why we are losing the visible church called the LCMS.

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