2010 LCMS Convention Resolution 5-04

This is another in our series of resolutions to the 2010 Synod Convention, posted here at the request of a commentor. If you have a comment on a specific resolution, see our Resolutions page. If the one you want to discuss is not yet posted, please contact us and we will add the resolution to start discussion.

According to the commentor, “What I am not clear on is the rational for this, when there seem to be an abundance of vicarage congregations now. Perhaps I am reading to much into it, but I found the overture to be peculiar to say the least.”



To Increase Impact of Vicarage Program
RESOLUTION 5-04 starting at line 23
Overture 5-20 (CW, p. 195)

WHEREAS, The vicarage year of seminary formation is intended to provide a comprehensive opportunity for the student to learn to apply theology in a practical and specific context; and

WHEREAS, There are congregations whose context and location would provide for a rich and meaningful vicarage experience, but they may not be able to afford the cost of supporting a vicar; and

WHEREAS, It would be of great benefit to the seminaries, seminarians, and the Synod to have excellent locations for all vicars to increase the overall impact of this important year; therefore be it

Resolved, That the seminaries work collaboratively with the Council of Presidents to identify the most suitable locations for vicars; and be it further

Resolved, That the president of each district in which such vicarage locations are identified ascertain the willingness and the financial capacity to support a vicar in such congregations; and be it finally

Resolved, That the Board for Pastoral Education report to the next Synod convention their proposed plan for a Synod-wide funding model to make such vicarages possible.

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