President Harrison Won the Election. Now He Must Work for Unity

Congratulations President Harrison

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.

Guest Essay: Are We a Top-Down Or Bottom-Up Synod?

From the beginning of our Synod, we struggled with big questions of relationships and governance polity.  Should the laity have authority over the clergy?  Should the clergy have authority over the laity?  Should a “bishop” have authority over the congregations? Questions like those formed the chaotic beginning of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod!  This essay will follow the decisions our Synod has made from its beginnings with quotes from C.F.W. Walther and our own LCMS Constitution. Top-down or bottom-up?  What is right-side up?

Harrison uses fear to gain nominations: says CTSFW will be "on the ropes" without him.

Fort Wayne Seminary “On the Ropes” Without Harrison?

In a welcome speech intended to energize his supporters and gain nominations at the Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne (CTSFW) Symposia Series, President Matthew Harrison raised the fears of his audience with the specter of Fort Wayne  being “on the ropes” in the near future without him as Synod President. Really?  Nothing could be further from the truth.