“We Are Baptized for This Moment”: A Hymn (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

To go with this summer’s LCMS Convention theme, Baptized for This Moment: A Bible Study, is being made available for free through the synod’s website, where you can download a pdf file of the study. The study’s five lessons are: … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Convention Workbook now out (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 The 2013 Convention Workbook is now out! It was posted online yesterday and will be arriving in the mail soon. Over 450 pages from cover to cover! What’s in there? Lists of delegates, floor committees, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominees announced for Synod President, VPs, BOD (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25 Today the nominees were announced for LCMS President, First Vice-President, regional vice-presidents, and regional Board of Director lay members. The nominees are those who received the highest number of nominations from congregations and who then consented … Continue reading

Synod introduces resources on Church Fellowship (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

At the 2010 Convention in Houston, there was a proposed resolution, Res. 8-30 “To Amend Article VI of the Constitution,” which would have changed the language of our Synod’s article on “Conditions of Membership.” In my opinion, those changes would … Continue reading

Overtures on SMP and District Lay Deacon Programs (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overtures were adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook. CH] To Upgrade the SMP Program WHEREAS, Holy Scripture sets high standards for the theological aptitude … Continue reading

Overture: “To Provide Guidance on Participation in Interfaith and Joint Worship Services” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[On Sunday the following overture was adopted, unanimously, both by my congregation and our circuit forum, to be submitted to the LCMS Convention Workbook.  CH] To Provide Guidance on Participation in Interfaith and Joint Worship Services WHEREAS, the LORD God … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominations Ballots, by February 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25 In early October all LCMS congregations were sent a mailing from the Office of the Secretary containing Official Nominations Ballots and return envelopes for the 2013 Elections. These ballots must be voted on, filled out, returned, … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Submitting overtures, by March 2–better, by February 1 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

 St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 SUBMITTING CONVENTION OVERTURES 1. What is an “overture”? An overture would be comparable to a motion made at a congregational voters’ assembly, except that an overture is submitted to the Synod’s “voters’ assembly” (i.e., the … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Test of Presidential Voters List, October 15 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 This Monday, October 15, Secretary Hartwig will be testing the e-mail system for the LCMS presidential vote in June. The electors who will cast a vote for Synod President–that is, the delegates who attended their … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Nominating for various positions, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013 In a previous post, “Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20,” I outlined the steps for electing delegates to the national convention. Those elections have been happening at the circuit forums, and they will all … Continue reading

Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

It’s that time again, time to prepare for the LCMS national convention. The convention will be held in St. Louis July 20-25, 2013, but there are a number of things that need to take place before then, especially these: electing delegates; nominating for various boards, commissions, etc.; nominating for synod president and vice-presidents; and submitting overtures. (Electing the synod president also will take place, oddly enough, before the convention. That’s a new procedure we’ll explain at another time.)

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Central Illinois District elects Rev. Mark Miller as president (posted by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

[I was curious to see how the last of the 35 district conventions was going, so I went to the CID website and noticed this news, dated today. Besides the election news, you can find resolutions that have been passed … Continue reading

Supporting resolutions for ULC stricken, “this” resolution is put to the MNS Convention. UPDATED

  The ongoing struggle over ULC, showing the deepening divisions in our Synod has a new document.  ULC has released a critical evaluation of the resolution that will be put before the Minnesota South District Convention (Resolution 5-01).  Keep in … Continue reading

Getting Ready for the 2013 Synodical Convention – An Article by Martin Noland in the Recent LCA Clarion

(LCA just released the January 2012 issue of the Lutheran Clarion. We are pleased to post articles on the BJS website from one of the longest operating confessional groups in the LCMS – The Lutheran Concerns Association – LCA. Click … Continue reading

COP adopts five regions for elections (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Newly posted at the Reporter at lcms.org is news of the Council of Presidents adopting a plan of five geographic regions for elections at the 2013 synodical convention. One thing that becomes immediately apparent from the map is that one … Continue reading

The Two Amendments: Why I’m Recommending “Against” (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

On Sunday, March 6, at a special voters’ assembly, our congregation will be voting on two proposed amendments to the Constitution of our Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. (The deadline for the ballot to be received is March 15.) I am recommending … Continue reading

Constitutional Amendments approved by Convention now on to the Congregations

Posted a couple of days ago on LCMSnews, the constitutional amendments have been mailed to the congregations and are going through the process of congregational approval. Congregations have until March 15th to return their ballots saying approve or reject the … Continue reading

Proposed Resolutions: Committee 8, Structure and Governance, 8-27 through 8-34 and Conclusion (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

In this entry, we complete our tour of the 106 proposed resolutions from the eight floor committees, as found in “Today’s Business.” To see the previous articles in this series, go to Henrickson’s blog at steadfastlutherans.org. We now look at … Continue reading