A recent announcement was sent out from the Board of Regents of Concordia University, Texas. It confirms a longstanding rumor that Concordia University, Texas is desiring to be free from LCMS governance.
A little editorial note on this “local governance” thing. This reflects a continued localization and fracturing of the LCMS, most likely related to the national disunity that we have. On the one hand I can appreciate it, but there is a difference in between starting something local and taking something national and making it local. The LCMS needs to get a handle on these Concordia Universities, their connection to the Synod, and their connections to the world . We are down three in the recent past, and now more are drifting away.
Here’s the announcement:
The Concordia University Texas Board of Regents has notified the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod Board of Directors that it wishes to enter into a conversation by which the CTX Board will be the sole-governing body of the institution and remain in alignment with the LCMS, working together to serve the mission of the church and the university. We expect to hear from them within a short time, after which a process will be determined, arriving at a final agreement between the LCMS and CTX no later than August 31, 2022.
The CTX Board is seeking this type of governance and alignment for several reasons:
1 Both higher education and the church are facing changes in the culture and complexity in how they do their work. Having greater freedom to lead locally and responsively serves both institutions well.
2 The autonomy of the Board is critical as it determines the future for CTX. The proposed bylaws coming to the 2023 LCMS convention limit that autonomy.
3 In reviewing various models of governance among church-related schools, the Board sees this as an opportunity to govern more locally and lean into its alignment with the LCMS.
We ask for your prayers that this conversation can lead to an outcome that is beneficial for the church at large.