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?

Pastors David Maier and Tim Klinkenberg agree: Synod needs more Truth and Light!

Congregations Need Truth and Light from Synod Leadership

Read Pastor Timothy Klinkenberg’s letter to his congregation about the need for “Truth and Light” in our Synod. Maier and Klinkenberg’s nominations totaling 57.4% of all nominations show of support for a change in leadership far greater than Harrison’s support for re-election. Synod is saying: “It’s time for openness and truthfulness in our Synod leadership.”  

Harrison to Centralize Control of All Our Concordias

Harrison Plans to Centralize Control of All Our Concordias PART 1

In a move that surprised Concordia University Presidents, President Harrison and Secretary Sias will propose the elimination of all Concordia Boards of Regents at the Tampa Convention in 2019.  However, President Tom Ries of Concordia, St. Paul, revealed that our Concordia University Presidents are unanimously opposed to Harrison’s plan.

United List Candidates Control Synod

United List Candidates Control Synod (Part 2)

In Part One of the Congregations Matter article about United Listers, concerned LCMS members learned two things.  First, the groups that form The United List are well-funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in their war chests for political purposes.  Second, United Listers control Synod. Laypeople and pastors alike can hardly believe this happens in the LCMS.

United List Candidates Control Synod

United List Candidates Control Synod (Part 1)

If you like the way our Synod is going, thank the United List.  United List Candidates are in control. Now in 84% of LCMS elected positions, United List candidates almost totally control the presidium, boards and regents of our Synod. Who creates “The United List”? Just read list of constituent groups. Think about how Synod is going. Ask yourself, “Is their influence good for my congregation?”