To Encourage Congregations to Coordinate Mission Efforts

Submitted by Pastor Toby Byrd — Below is a resolution (or one very similar) that has been submitted to the resolution committee of the Texas District by multiple congregations:


WHEREAS, Resolution 01-03-12, 59th Convention of the Texas District (Lubbock, Texas), encouraged congregations, circuits, and other local and regional partnerships to work with each other to establish new Word and Sacrament ministries in the Texas District; and

WHEREAS, the whole basis of Synod is congregations and pastors walking together; and

WHEREAS, a failure to give notice to, cooperate with, and receive the approval of other LCMS congregations in the immediate area of a proposed new mission start by one or more LCMS congregations is at least the appearance of a denial of mutual respect, support, and love between LCMS congregations; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that a LCMS congregation in the Texas District considering a new mission start give notice to, seek the cooperation of, and seek the approval of any other existing LCMS congregation in the area contemplated for the planting of a new mission start; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Texas District, LCMS, upon becoming aware of such new mission start planning by one or more LCMS congregations, advise the mission starting congregation that such notice should be given to, such cooperation sought, and such approval of the other LCMS congregations sought; and that Texas District, LC-MS, follow up and continue to seek those efforts by the mission starting congregation.

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.

Norm has been involved behind the scenes in many of the "go-to" websites for Lutherans going back many years.


To Encourage Congregations to Coordinate Mission Efforts — 5 Comments

  1. Makes sense to me. I called a fellow Pastor on such a thing, at least “let me know what you are up to.” He never responded himself. We are still in the “what is up stage.”
    Perhaps discussion at the NID convention will air this out.

  2. May need to define “area” in order to shut down quibblers. That’s a relative term, especially (having lived) in Texas.

  3. Marc: As for area, in our congregational resolution we stated very specifically, the circuit which would be directly effected by the new mission start as well as any adjoining circuits.

  4. I wonder if (and for our resolution as well) written notice must be given. In our latest case of “parish encroachment”, it was said, “we told you some time ago, did you not remember?”
    Well, a note, letter, email is what is required. Or minutes from a Winkel.

  5. Having visited Pastor Byrd’s parish, Grace, Paris, I see what has happened. Disaffected members formed a new congregation 2 BLOCKS DOWN THE STREET.

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