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All nine Concordia University System (CUS) schools endorse these changes to their outdated 1992 governance model.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 essay by Dr. Tom Reis, President of Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (click here to read Dr. Ries’ article “A Blessed Past, An Inspiring Future” with the article “Concordia President Asks for Regent Selection Flexibility”). Please review these two important articles to better understand the issue before us.
Our CUS schools request three major governance changes:
- Remove the cap on the number of regents and allow each institution to identify the number of regents it needs.
- Empower the board of each institution to identify and appoint the regents it needs from within the LCMS.
- Establish a system through which various other governing bodies of the Synod appoint one or two liaison regents with full voting rights to each institution’s board.
You can download the overture “To Modify the Governance of the Colleges and Universities of the Concordia University System” here.
Overture for Regional Selection of Regents
Congregations Matter suggests further changes to the way Regents are selected by our Synod Convention. We choose regional Vice Presidents to improve local representation. Congregations Matter believes Concordia Regents will best represent the Synod and help their local Concordias if they are just that: local.
You can download the overture “Provide Regional Support for Our Concordia Universities and Colleges” here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Pass these CUS overtures at 2018 District Conventions and again in Tampa in 2019. As Ries writes:
“The greatest need for help from the church at the Concordia institutions today is a change in the governance model, specifically the formation and responsibilities of the boards of regents….Approval by the Synod in convention is needed to implement this new model.”
Approval by the Synod in convention is needed to implement this new model. It is the unanimous opinion of the presidents and board chairs who drafted these proposed changes. Our CUS leaders believe a change in governance is of the utmost importance. Congregations Matter believes Synod should listen to our CUS local leaders.
Let’s support President Ries and his colleague CUS Presidents. Let’s trust our local leaders and give them the governance tools they need to continue their great work of preparing men and women for service in their callings as followers of Jesus.
Our Concordias matter. Congregations matter.
CLICK HERE To Download Overture “To Modify the Governance of the Colleges and Universities of the Concordia University System”
CLICK HERE to Download the Overture “To Provide Regional Support for Our Concordia Universities and Colleges”