Candidates for Office

Congregations Matter© is a movement of laypeople, congregations, pastors and other church workers within the LCMS trying to return our Synod to its historic polity of the national Synod supporting congregations in their work for the Kingdom.  Congregations are the Synod — and they matter. Because we believe this so strongly, in the coming days you will find names of men and women listed on these pages we believe you should consider for nomination and election by our Synod.  If we are to change our Synod for the better, it is time to change our leaders — either in name or in attitude and spirit. Why?  Because not everyone in our Synod believes and acts on our historic, Scriptural and Confessional stance that congregations truly matter — not Presidents, not Secretaries, not International Centers and national offices, not National or International Boards or Boards of Directors.  The LCMS is not a denomination with

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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