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Two Overtures on Concordia Regents Selection

Our Concordia’s are asking for support from LCMS congregations.  They want Synod to change the governance model of our university system to allow greater flexibility in the selection of members of their Boards of Regents.  Congregations Matter also believes our university system will benefit from more regional regent representation. As a result, Congregations Matter proposes two overtures for your District Convention to consider.  They address changes to the way members of Boards of Regents are chosen.  Both support local governance.  Both oppose the current model which gives more centralized control to the Synod President and a St. Louis hierarchy. First, An Overture for Localized Control of Regent Size All nine Concordia University System (CUS) schools endorse these changes to their outdated 1992 governance model.  Click here to download the overture “To Modify the Governance of the Colleges and Universities of the Concordia University System.” In November, Congregations Matter introduced an

Hands Holding Up the World

Overture to Protect Congregation Mission Dollar Decisions

Local congregations have been heavily involved in mission work, local and world-wide, for generations. This has been going on without interference from the Synod in St. Louis.  Congregations used to be thankful that they belonged to a grouping of like-minded, confessional Lutherans who believed congregational autonomy was Biblical — and important — and who were strenuously opposed to any interference from a Synod hierarchy.  Sadly that’s no longer true.

Danger, Wrong Way, Turn Back

Overture to Overrule and Replace Synod BOD Action

Congregations Matter suggests congregations and districts pass a resolution to overrule and replace the decision last May of the Board of Directors that gave new, centralized ecclesiastical supervision power to President Harrison.  Click here to download the Overture “To Overrule and Replace the Board of Directors’ May 2017 Resolution 12-14, re Bylaw 7.1.2”  We encourage every congregation to send this overture to their District Convention.

Increase financial transparency

Overture for Financial Transparency in Synod Finances

Congregations Matter will provide sample overtures for congregations, circuits and districts to consider in the coming months.  The first of these overtures is about Synod finances. Click here to download a PDF copy of this proposed resolution.  An overture is a proposal from a congregation to support or express concern about an issue, change a Synod bylaw or procedure, etc.  Such overtures are presented at tri-annual conventions of your district or our national body. Our recommended overtures will all be about important issues our Synod needs to consider. Current Synod Leaders Ignore Convention Direction Despite Synod Convention resolutions that require clear financial reporting (like 2010 Synodical resolution 4-03), the International Center shares little about Synod finances with congregations.  Our Synod leaders say even less about Synod’s dire financial state.  Here’s some examples of problems: Did you know…. In February 2017, Synod leaders reported to the Synod Board of Directors (BOD) we