9-08 calls for greater participation of nonvoting advisory delegates. It also creates a novel office for lay people of “hearers of the Word.”
Resolution 6-04 seeks to affirm, define and limit the roles of lay people in the Church by introducing new terms describing the pastoral office.
Sadly, our Synod is moving toward a greater centralization of power. Despite the LCMS being historically a Synod of congregations bound together by a common confession and walking in love, we are more and more ruled by an administration in the International Center bent on control. If we resign ourselves to a Synod with centralized control, we will never have freedom from fear as workers in the harvest, freedom from church-political agendas that limit the Gospel — and we will never be free to be the Church our Lord has called us to be, nor fulfill His commission for us as followers of Jesus.