Concordia Portland

LCMS Asks Concordia Portland to Leave Synod

In a surprise announcement from Concordia University Portland (CUP) Board of Regents, CUP informed LCMS congregations that Synod requested that Portland leave the Concordia University System (CUS) and become an independent Lutheran university.  You can find the full text of the announcement HERE.  This announcement sent shockwaves throughout the Concordia University system of 9 colleges and universities and congregations across the nation. The Problem Isn’t Portland — It’s Synod’s Request Announced on the CUP website on the Friday afternoon of the Memorial Day weekend, Concordia Portland leadership assured the congregations and families it serves that they will consider any action on this request with great deliberation.  Congregations Matter© couldn’t agree more.  We have full confidence in President Schlimpert’s leadership of the CUP team in response to Synod’s request.  CUP will be blessed by his delayed retirement to handle this issue.  Dr. Schlimpert isn’t the problem.  Nor is Concordia Portland. The problem is the request. Congregations in the

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