Congregations Matter developed this list of recommended candidates to represent “middle Missouri.” All nominees were considered. None of the people recommended by Congregations Matter were asked whether or not they wanted to be included on the list. We believe it is important for the LCMS to reflect ALL of us in Synod.
In his July 11th letter, Delegate Chuck Mueller, Jr., identifies a “drift” away from Synod’s constitutional Article III and Article VII work as the as the culprit bringing anger, apathy and a loss of support for our “covenant of love” in the LCMS. He calls for change and engagement of all voices of Synod as an answer. Read the entire letter and download Congregation’s Matter recommended list of Tampa candidates.
Congregations Matter extends its congratulations to President Harrison on his victory in last week’s Synod presidential election. We join the church in praying for God’s richest blessings upon him as he carries out his important responsibilities over the next three years. He must work to collaborate with the WHOLE Synod to provide more transparent, fiscally responsible, and trustworthy leadership.
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.