Rev. Dr. David Maier, Michigan District President, Voted to be Chairman of the Council of Presidents by his peers.

Imagine More…Why Vote for David Maier

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:

Imagine if…

  • 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.

VOTE for a stronger Synod.

VOTE Rev. Dr. David Maier.

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