Concordia University Irvine Regents delay presidential search

Update on Concordia University Irvine Presidential Search

On May 4, 2018, the Board of Regents of CU Irvine announced their unanimous vote to continue the search process and select an interim president.  Congregations Matter applauds the responsible group of leaders who faithfully serve on the Board of Regents at CU Irvine.  Congregations — and the selection of our University and Seminary Presidents — matter.

Harrison's Actions Break the Promise of Restructuring

Broken Promises: LCMS Restructuring

In 2010, the LCMS adopted sweeping changes to the Handbook of the Synod. Here’s the strange twist:  while the convention adopted the “Blue Ribbon Taskforce” changes, delegates also strangely (and certainly ironically) then elected as President a man who opposed the changes, Matthew Harrison. Delegates wanted Synod’s work to be more responsive to the congregations of the Synod. What have we gotten instead?

LCMS is at a fork in the road and needs new leadership who supports a "world in focus" ministry

LCMS: It’s Time To Choose

In his February 2018 Keynote Address delivered to the Lutheran Society for Missiology, District President Robert Newton observed the LCMS is at the most critical time in her history:
“Our church body is right at a fork in the road where she chooses to walk with the mission of God, faithfully, or she chooses not just to ignore it, but, I would say, to reject it.  That’s where we sit as a church body at this time.”

Harrison Denies Responsibility, Admits Debt Problems

Harrison Denies Responsibility, Admits Debt Problems

During his speech to the Southern District Convention on March 9, Synod’s current President rejected any and all personal responsibility for the closure of Concordia College Alabama. In 45 minutes of well-presented Q & A, (Matt IS an engaging, quick-witted speaker after all), Harrison also admitted a ballooning internal debt, pitted the needs of urban and rural congregations against those of suburban Christians, and proposed a plan of planting successful churches in zip codes “amenable to the LCMS” in order to fund struggling ministries. Not bad for a Friday morning in March. The Blame Game Continues According to Matthew C. Harrison, everyone but himself is to blame for the closure of Selma.  Listen for yourself to his speech by clicking on this link: http://southernlcms.org/75th-convention-livestream-its-all-about-jesus/ Here is a Harrison quote from the 1:11:15 to 1:11:35 marks on the live stream link shown above: “I stood throughout with Selma.  I fought for