District Conventions Updates…. Post them here

LCMS_corporate_sealDistrict Conventions have begun and are currently at a frenzy.  Feel free to give news in the comments of interesting resolutions, speakers, and elections from your own district (keeping in mind the comment policy here at BJS).

My own convention went well, but then again, it usually does.  My recollections (not official by any means) We elected a new DP, Rev. John Hill (our old DP who has done a very good job in the district is retiring).  We also passed a resolution for the district to investigate offering a district high school education (classical education).  We also passed a resolution that reiterated that Law and Gospel is the only “paradigm” that is faithful to our Lutheran confessions and rejected all other efforts to replace or supersede or improve on that.  We also passed something onto Synod to request the Concordia University System to start offering some “track” of teacher education that could supply teachers to classically based schools.  1st VP Herb Mueller was there on behalf of Synod to present the President’s report.

Other conventions are ongoing.  You have already heard some from Northern Illinois.  Rocky Mountain is happening right now.  I hear that Kansas elected a new District President, Peter Lange, who is confessional, that is good (and the majority of VPs to support him).  Many of the incumbents are of course getting reelected (Pres. Hennings in Texas).  There will be a new DP in Atlantic District too as President Benke retires.  South Dakota elected a new DP as well.

So as you attend or hear news, feel free to post it in the comments.


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.


District Conventions Updates…. Post them here — 63 Comments

  1. Dear BJS,

    Public apologies to the men in Jagged Sword, albeit, I do seek a comment or two with Pastor Glover…I disagree with his post on “get over gay marriage.”

    I should not have lumped together all the fellow bloggers as “left wing fringe”, but should have stuck the comments to the writer of the post, Rev. Glover.

    I am glad one of the pastors in Jagged Sword reached out to me, we are beginning to chat.

    We are all in this together as ordained men in the work of our Lord. Oh, I just hope one day we can all get “close” to the same page on all issues. But just take a look at the arguing disciples, but at least they had Jesus to rebuke in person. Yes, yes, we have the Bible and the Confessions as well.

    Pastor Prentice

  2. @Steve Bolloud #48

    You might be surprised. DP Hardy? I would pay money to sit in the gallery and observe COP meetings with him there. Let’s just say he will not be a typical PLI guy, if he remains anything like how I have known him.

  3. In the Indiana District convention, was Overture 1-09: To Urge LCMS Members to Cease the Practice of Infant/Toddler Communion (Today’s Business, page 347) passed as a Resolution?

  4. Several overtures came from that same congregation, but I didn’t know that anyone was communing infant/toddlers in the LCMS.

  5. Maybe the Indiana District Overture was submitted in order to reject and avoid the practice of communing infants and toddlers while such paedocommunion practices were still in the talking stages.

  6. “A good day at the Minnesota South District Convention today. The campus ministry resolution passed with 92% of the delegates voting for it! This resolution, while it did not specify a dollar amount to help us build the chapel, will do a lot of good for ULC and for students all around the district. 
    Here are some highlights of what it accomplishes for ULC: 
    1. It reasserts ULC as THE campus ministry for the University of Minnesota
    2. Acknowledges ULC’s need for a permanent place of worship on or near the U of M campus
    3. Dictates that part of the District’s Mission Planning include financial support for adequate worship space on or near campus
    4. Emphasizes ULC’s campus ministry, as well as those on Mankato State and CUSP as the primary campus ministries of the District
    5. Ensures that the District’s campus ministry plan will be implemented by Sept of 2016. 
    6. Gets the whole District behind campus ministry, as opposed to dividing us over it. 
    Over all this should be a very good thing for everyone. Thanks be to God!”

    – Pastor David Kind 6-19-2015

  7. @John Rixe #57

    “3 years ago today we closed the doors of our chapel at University Lutheran Chapel (Minneapolis).  But by God’s grace ULC is not dead. Far from it. I am reminded of Joseph speaking to his brothers who had sold him (literally) and left him for dead. He said to them: “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good.”

    I comforted myself and my flock with these words at the time. Now 3 years later what were words of comfort and of faith are words I see coming to fruition.

    We are still a ways off from having a new chapel, but the Lord has been good and gracious and is clearly at work putting ULC in a better place than we were. And I mean that on several levels. Thanks be to God for His grace to us in Christ. And thank you to all who are helping, praying for us, and contributing to the new chapel.”

    – Pastor David Kind 6-24-2015

  8. @Keith Christian #59

    Rixe: “The district sold the property.
    It was demolished and replaced by student apartments.”

    If you put ulc in the “search” box under the BJS header, you will get all the past articles on ULC. In brief, the district board tried to eliminate a confessional congregation (ulc is not just for students) and make a little money ($3 million) at the same time.

    ULC is determined to rebuild on/near campus with the help of anyone who cares to contribute. It will all cost a great deal more than the original building did, 50+ years ago. But I hope they succeed! The district board over reached badly and wasted a valuable asset.

  9. The new district leadership seems to be supportive of ULC and the rebuilding process.

    “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things.”  Philippians 3

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