Hourglass at Sunset

Standing Up for a Change of Leadership in the LCMS

Congregations Matter© believes we need a change of leadership in the LCMS.  Either the current leaders need to change the way they are doing things — or we need new leaders.  Four Reasons for a Change of Leadership There is a lack of cooperation with and support of our district elected leaders — especially our District Presidents.  Congregations don’t matter — neither do our District Presidents. The centralization of power in the office of Synodical President sought by our current administration is dangerous for our Synod now and in the days to come.  This is an unprecedented power grab in the history of our church.  At our last convention, President Harrison showed his lack of trust for the Boards of Regents, theological faculties of our Concordias, and our District Presidents (and the congregations that elected them) as he became the agent of approval of all theological faculty Synod-wide.  In addition, at the

The Local Church Out of Focus

Why “Congregations Matter”?

Congregations matter.  For several years we have been silent, letting our Synod drift into the trouble we see at every hand. We have been focusing on local matters and serving the Lord in the harvest field.  As we have worked, our Synod leadership has lost its focus.  Synod’s first responsibility is to serve congregations and assist them in their work for the Kingdom of God.  That’s not happening now. Silence Doesn’t Mean We Agree We have been silent — and our beloved Synod has drifted off course.  Our Synod’s elected leadership is not focused on their historic roles. Instead, more and more power and decision-making responsibility is in the hands of fewer and fewer — and there is less and less opportunity for other voices to be heard. Our current leadership will not listen to our elected District Presidents.  Our Commission on Constitutional Matters (CCM) is supporting our Synodical President in his

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

Watch the Future of Concordia Unfold May 17

All of us are concerned about the future of our Synod.  That’s why we need to be concerned about what’s happening at our seminaries.  Especially now, as the seminary’s annual goals and budget are being considered by the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, we who believe Congregations Matter© need to understand and carefully watch their decisions and actions. Why Is This Happening? In the past few months, Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, received a number of requests from pastors for an update on how seminary education is funded.  They wonder how the St. Louis Seminary is strategically working to address the future needs of theological education.  In response to these requests, Concordia Seminary will be hosting a live webcast of a Convocation on May 17, 2017 from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m CDT.  The webcast will originate from Werner Auditorium on campus and is open to the public.  The live

Christ Uses Humility, Gentleness, Truth and Love

Throughout the Bible, God has a heart for His people in groups. That’s why He put us together in congregations. It’s one reason congregations matter – congregations are the creation of God for His purposes. We’re always and only found in community with Him and others. We know that we are supposed to live this way as the Body of Christ together.  That’s clear from the Bible. Nowhere in the Bible did God ever make an individual Christian.  Just read Ephesians 4. In it St. Paul talks about the gifts of people God gives to the Church. He tells us some of them are “the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers.” He reminds all of us of the responsibility of the “some” (including the pastors and teachers): to equip His people to do His work and build up the Church, the Body of Christ (verses 11 and