A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod holds a synod-wide convention every three years. The convention receives reports, elects leaders, votes on proposed resolutions, worships, hears essays, receives greetings, gives recognitions, and brings people together in both formal and informal social functions.

As in 2016, the Eastern Circuit of the Montana District elected me as its voting lay delegate to the 2019 convention. As part of my duties, I have prepared a written report to my circuit and congregation. Hopefully this report gives even a person with little or no background concerning the synod convention a well-rounded idea of what the convention does.

A copy of the report is linked here, and covers the following topics:

  • Pre-Convention Work
  • Convention Workbook and Today’s Business
  • Floor Committees
  • Biographical Synopses & Statements of Nominees
  • Handbook
  • Daily Worship
  • Convention Essays
  • Election of Synod President
  • Election of Officers of Synod
  • Elections for Synod Agencies
  • Greetings, Recognitions, and Reports
  • Resolutions
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Social Functions
  • Outcomes
  • Division
  • Closing of Concordia school in Alabama
  • Conclusion

2019 LCMS Convention Report

About T. R. Halvorson

T. R. Halvorson was born in Sidney, Montana on July 14, 1953, baptized at Pella Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sidney, Montana on November 8, 1953, and confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Williston, North Dakota in 1968. He and his wife, Marilyn, are members of Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Sidney, Montana. They have three sons and six grandchildren. T. R. farms at Wildrose, North Dakota, and is Deputy County Attorney in Sidney, Montana. He has been a computer programmer; and an author, conference speaker, instructor, and consultant to industry in online legal information. He is among the authors of the religion column in the Sidney Herald at Sidney, Montana. He is the Editor of LutheranCatechism.com.


A Lay Delegate Report on the 2019 LCMS Synod Convention — 8 Comments

  1. I have “heard” that the Council of Presidents took the “opposition” to task for their tactics in the Presidential election. Is there anything you can tell me about that?

  2. I’ve previously heard three accounts from different attendees of the convention and yours is the first that is suitable for sharing with anyone, so, with your permission, I will print a few copies for that purpose. It also gives some helpful guidance to any future lay delegates. Thank-you.

  3. Nicely done and thank you. I appreciate your comments, (“editorializing” for those who wish to argue) as you have passed the test of truth, honesty, and informed/educated opinions proven by your works
    over the years.

  4. Glad to see this “published” – would that every lay delegate would report to the people he/she represents. I’d like to share this with our congregation also. Laity can know more about “goings on” in LCMS – and that would be a good thing!

  5. The 9th Circuit is about to uphold regulations to prohibit Planned Parenthood from receiving Title X funding. However, pro-life women’s centers will be eligible for Title X funding.
    This would be a good time to reconsider LCMS support of Thrivent’s policy to delist both abortion and prolife clinics. Lutherans for Life is losing about a million dollars a year since Thrivent delisted us in 2014. Is there any hopeful news?

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