2016 LCMS Convention

Convention examines ways to fund mission

Faithful stewardship and tithing are emphasized as means of funding local and synodwide missions.

Convention adopts substitute resolution on ecclesiastical supervision, hears Linnemann

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.

Delegates approve creating Pastoral Formation Committee

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.

Ofgaa encourages delegates to have ‘joy in the Lord and Him alone’

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.

Financial resolutions pass without discussion; Synod seeks to walk together

With thankfulness to God, delegates vote to support the work of the Synod.

Delegates act on marriage, same-sex marriage, outreach to Muslim neighbors

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.

Convention recognizes international guests, growth of LCMS partnerships

Visiting church representatives attending the convention gather for a special recognition of the growth in the partnership between the LCMS and international Lutheran churches.

Delegates adopt new mission priority, resolutions on youth and families

“Strengthen and support the Lutheran family in living out God’s design” will be added to the Synod’s six mission priorities.

Ordained, commissioned ministers and lay nominees elected to boards, CTCR

Convention delegates elect ordained, commissioned and lay nominees to LCMS boards and the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.

LCMS convention encourages conversations with North American church bodies

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.

LCMS convention action seeks to protect women’s consciences

The LCMS in convention votes to provide support for women seeking conscientious objector status to being drafted for military service.

Convention delegates reaffirm chaplains’ right to free exercise of conscience

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.

Convention addresses licensed lay deacons in public ministry

Delegates adopt Resolution 13-02A “To Regularize Status of Licensed Lay Deacons Involved in Word and Sacrament Ministry.”

Convention adopts four resolutions related to ecclesiastical supervision, dispute resolution

One of the resolutions — approved by 99.62 percent of delegates — encourages congregations to issue calls to returning missionaries and military chaplains.

Preus encourages delegates to proclaim Christ’s lordship

Synod Third Vice-President Rev. Dr. Daniel Preus serves as the LCMS convention’s essayist on July 12.

2016 LCMS Convention Photos: Tuesday, July 12

Photos from Tuesday, July 12, at The 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Milwaukee.