By acclamation, delegates to the LCMS Rocky Mountain District convention re-elected Rev. Randall Golter, 50, of Highlands Ranch, Colo., to serve a second three-year term as district president.
The district’s 47th convention met June 15-17 in Denver. Its theme was “Igniting Church and Culture for Christ.”
In his opening remarks, Golter challenged the delegates and district congregations by saying it is time to get serious about missions and Lutheran doctrine, to repent and “fall in love with Jesus once again,” and “to ignite church and culture for Christ.”
Delegates also re-elected to their positions all four Rocky Mountain District vice presidents. They are:
- Rev. Allen D. Anderson, Boulder, Colo., first vice president;
- Rev. Roger Schlechte, Denver, second vice president;
- Rev. Douglas K. Escue, Santa Fe, N.M., third vice president; and
- Rev. Gary G. Trickey, Ogden, Utah, fourth vice president.
Golter and the vice presidents were installed during the convention.
Delegates adopted a resolution that supports the Synod’s Ablaze! initiative. That action accepts a challenge for the district of a “conversion of grace” for at least one million unchurched or uncommitted people by the year 2017.
In other action, delegates passed a resolution calling for the district to partner with LCMS World Relief/Human Care in raising $1 million for enlarging and improving the seminary in Pretoria of the Lutheran Church in Southern Africa. The resolution also commits the district to helping with a human-care AIDS project in Southern Africa. The district will seek to raise $500,000 for those projects.
The Rocky Mountain convention delegates also approved a resolution to support the licensed deacon program, and called for the district to submit a similar overture to the 2007 Synod convention.
The district’s resolution states that licensed deacons should receive a call or be ordained when “a licensed deacon, at the request of a congregation and with the approval of the district president, conducts Word and Sacrament ministry under the supervision of an ordained pastor after being trained, educated, examined, and certified through an alternate route to ministry.”
Delegates also adopted two separate resolutions asking the Synod to “critically review” the doctrine of the order of creation, in reference to the service of women in the local congregation, and asking the Synod to clarify the distinction between civic events and worship.
Posted June 21, 2006