Here is a suggested overture that your district pastor’s conference can pass and submit to the CTCR well before the 2016 convention. To make it easier for you, we have included a DOC file here that you can customize for your district. You can read the bylaws listed below here: 2013 LCMS Handbook_January_12_2015_v2.
Overtures have more impact if they come in from all over the country. Please consider submitting either this or one like it from your area. Also, if you have overtures that you are working on, please submit them to us so we can publicize them. As in past years we will be providing a list of recommended overtures.
Overture to Memorialize the Commission on Theology and Church Relations to Draft Doctrinal Statements
WHEREAS there is sharp disagreement within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod over a number of doctrinal matters; and
WHEREAS the Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) has the authority to submit Doctrinal Statements (as defined by LCMS Bylaw 1.6.2(b)) “to the Synod in convention for further consideration and possible adoption by majority vote” (LCMS Bylaw 1.6.2(b)(4)); and
WHEREAS an official district conference of ordained and/or commissioned ministers may submit a proposal for the development of doctrinal statements to the CTCR (LCMS Bylaw 1.6.2(b)(1)); therefore be it
Resolved that the insert district here District Pastors’ Conference memorialize the Commission on Theology and Church Relations to develop Doctrinal Statements on the following topics:
- The Male-Only Pastorate;
- The Six Days of Creation;
- The Necessity of a Call and Ordination for the Exercise of the Pastoral Office;
and be it finally
Resolved that the insert district here District Pastors’ Conference memorialize the Commission on Theology and Church Relations to submit these doctrinal statements to the 2016 convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod for further consideration and possible adoption by majority vote, pursuant to LCMS Bylaw 1.6.2(b)(4)ff.
Download the DOC file here and customize it for your usage.