Convention Workbook mailed to church workers, delegates

The 2007 Convention Workbook will be mailed to this year’s Synod convention delegates and alternates, Synod board and commission members, and all rostered church workers by the first week of May.

The Convention Workbook mailing also will include a second volume of the workbook containing the report of the Committee on Convention Nominations — with accompanying biographical information and statements from the candidates — and a supplemental booklet titled “A Study Document on Basic Theological Principles Underlying LCMS Structure and Governance,” from the Synod’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synodical Structure and Governance.

The cover of the Convention Workbook and the convention itself — set for July 14-19 in Houston — will carry the theme “One Message: Christ,” from the Synod’s three-point vision statement.

Concordia Publishing House will finish mailing this year’s workbook by May 5, according to Synod Secretary Raymond Hartwig.  That mailing will require most of the 22,000 copies printed.

At 448 pages, the 2007 Convention Workbook contains 361 overtures (proposed resolutions), 133 fewer than the 2004 Convention Workbook.  Overtures are submitted by congregations, district conventions and boards of directors, church-worker conferences, circuit forums, boards, commissions, and other official entities of the Synod.

The Convention Workbook also contains reports, official opinions, a directory of Synod officers and boards, a list of registered convention delegates and representatives, theological documents, and other supplemental material.

Eight convention floor committees are scheduled to meet May 18-21 in St. Louis to draft resolutions for convention action, based on the overtures and reports.  Those floor committees also will meet in Houston, just before the convention opens, and will conduct open hearings at that time.

The floor committees for the 2004 convention proposed 115 resolutions, which they distilled from 494 overtures.

Posted May 1, 2007

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