In the last few weeks a LCMS congregation sent a pamphlet to Synod churches, encouraging all of us to “Imagine More” for our beloved Synod — and “Imagine If” our Synod changed for the positive under the leadership of Rev. Dr. David Maier as President. He has a plan. In case you missed the pamphlet in the mail, here’s what plan looks like:
- Our synodical offices required fewer resources, freeing-up offerings and personnel to strengthen mission and ministry in the immediate context congregations and schools.
- The lost and hurting in our communities valued our churches and schools as places of hope.
- Our professional church workers and our laity had open forums to safely and collegially discuss matters which challenge our unity.
- The institutions of Synod supported congregations as they empowered the priesthood of all believers; celebrating heroes of God’s servants in the trenches.
- Our congregations and schools had access to theologically sound resources produced by gifted writers, musicians, and artisans of the LCMS at a price they could afford.
These changes can happen by the grace of God…
- As we hold fast to the true Christian faith revealed in Scripture and articulated in the Lutheran confessions. (1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Peter 1:6)
- As we empower God’s people to live out their priestly calling. (Matthew 5:13; 1 Peter 2:9)
- As we build a culture of collaboration; learning anew what it means to speak the truth in love. (Ephesians 4:15; Romans 12:16; James 4:11)
- As we practice transparency in the work and finances of synod domestically and abroad. (John 3:21)
- As we trust one another to faithfully carry out the Lord’s work in their context. (1 Corinthians 13:7; Romans 14:13 and 15:7)
A Path for a Stronger Synod:
- Continue a renewed focus on theology. Reading & understanding God’s Word and being able to articulate our theology in a corrupt culture is critical for Kingdom work.
- Advance our international partnerships. Jesus prayed to His heavenly Father, “that they may be one, even as We are one.” (John. 17:11; Revelation 7:9-10)
- Enhance our mission outreach by supporting greater cultural and ethnic diversity in our leadership.
- Establish new tools for transparency, tracking and communicating the financial processes of Synod and its related entities.
- Collaborate with the Concordia University System and the Seminaries in order to:
- strengthen institutional health and mission focus
- explore methods to reduce the cost of preparation for church work
- develop paths for equipping laity for service in their congregations
- examine additional theologically sound and academically rigorous
paths to ordination.
- Partner with Concordia Publishing House and artisans to reduce the expense of ministry and mission materials for local congregations and schools.
- Develop trust through new vehicles for conversation and fraternal debate on critical theological and practical issues that have been sources of division.