Last month a A Michigan congregation mailed a pamphlet to Synod to encourage us to “Imagine More…” What would it be like if our Synod had more collaboration, transparency and trust?
On the eve of a presidential election, President Harrison reported good financial news regarding the retirement of some LCMS debt. While some see this as a boon. Others have grave concerns about these reports. President Harrison has reported “zero debt” to the LCMS before. And these new reports fail to mention the ongoing red ink that necessitated the “secret sale” of Hong Kong mission properties.
Where have all the pastors gone? There is a real crisis among us, a pastoral shortage crisis we must face as a Synod. Only 79 pastors were sent to the field this year. Leading in crisis is the Synod President’s job. Congregations wonder why there is no plan from Synod leadership to face this urgent need.
What kind of future do you want for our Synod? Two candidates for President of the Synod are envisioning a positive, faith-filled, Gospel-centered, outreach-oriented future for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: Dr. David Maier and Rev. Tim Klinkenberg.
It’s vital for the 12,000 Synod President electors to hear from ALL of the candidates. The Synod President uses official publications and videos to connect with voters. Synod must hear from the other candidates, too. Thankfully, on June 4th Rev. Dr. David Maier was the guest at a video Town Hall where he discussed his hope for the future of the LCMS and answered live questions.
Which candidates Synod President can congregations trust to support and lead BOTH Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne AND Concordia Seminary in St. Louis? Dr. David Maier and Rev. Tim Klinkenberg certainly can be relied upon!
Watching these informative videos will allow the 12,000 pastors and lay electors of LCMS congregations tasked with voting for a candidate for Synod President in the June 22-25 online election to make a more informed choice. Maier and Klinkenberg are excellent choices for Synod President.
In an open letter to Synod leaders, 16 veteran district presidents agree it’s time to replace President Harrison with new leadership. They support Maier or Klinkenberg as our next Synod President.