Faithful stewardship and tithing are emphasized as means of funding local and synodwide missions.
The substitute resolution — which concerns appeals in cases that involve the possible expulsion of an LCMS member — gives district presidents a voice in the process.
The Rev. Dr. Berhanu Ofgaa, general secretary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, joins the LCMS convention in thanking God for and encouraging the two LCMS seminaries.
The Rev. Berhanu Ofgaa, who experienced persecution at the hands of the Communist government in Ethiopia, encourages delegates to “rejoice in the cross of Jesus,” even in the midst of suffering.
Action on issues raised within the church by changes in the culture continued on Tuesday at the 66th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
Visiting church representatives attending the convention gather for a special recognition of the growth in the partnership between the LCMS and international Lutheran churches.
“Strengthen and support the Lutheran family in living out God’s design” will be added to the Synod’s six mission priorities.
Convention delegates elect ordained, commissioned and lay nominees to LCMS boards and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.
LCMS convention delegates encourage further discussion with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Anglican Church in North America and North American Lutheran Church.
The LCMS in convention votes to provide support for women seeking conscientious objector status to being drafted for military service.
Also adopted July 12 by delegates to the 66th Regular LCMS convention in Milwaukee was a resolution in support of the Synod’s three international schools.
Delegates adopt Resolution 13-02A “To Regularize Status of Licensed Lay Deacons Involved in Word and Sacrament Ministry.”
One of the resolutions — approved by 99.62 percent of delegates — encourages congregations to issue calls to returning missionaries and military chaplains.
Synod Third Vice-President Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus serves as the LCMS convention’s essayist on July 12.