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.

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

Nominations for Synod Office

Nominations Can Be Light in the Darkness…

In the January Reporter, listed under the “Official Notice” section, a very timely and important posting was made by the Secretary of Synod.  It is time to submit nominations for national convention-elected positions.  Click HERE to read the text of the Official Notice from the online version of the Reporter. While the convention isn’t until July 20-25, 2019, preparations are already in full swing.  This “Official Notice” was followed up on January 15, 2018 with Mailing #6, a post card summarizing what positions are open for nominations at this time. The positions that are open for nominations are as follows: Secretary of Synod LCMS Board of Directors (At-Large and Regional) LCMS Boards for National and International Mission (Regional) Commission on Theology and Church Relations Concordia Historical Institute Board of Governors Concordia Publishing House Board of Directors Lutheran Church Extension Fund Board of Directors Concordia University System Board of Directors Concordia

Synod Leadership Head in Sand over Selma and Portland

Synod Leadership Ultimately Responsible for Problems

Sadly, on February 21, Concordia College Alabama announced it will close its doors at the end of the spring 2018 Semester.  This tragedy puts an exclamation mark on the ineffectiveness of our current Synodical leadership. Our Synod’s only historically black college is shutting down. The closing of Selma is heart-breaking to tens of thousands of faithful people in the LCMS who faithfully supported Concordia Alabama for generations. The problems that led to Selma’s closing — and Concordia Portland’s problems with student clubs and their community — can be traced back to the United Lister leadership that currently controls our Synod.  Selma’s Closure Happened during this Synod Leadership’s Watch Who is responsible for the loss of one of our Concordia’s?  Fingers will be pointed at many people for the closure of Selma. In the end, Selma’s closure is due to failed leadership at the top of our Synod (CLICK HERE to