Church Relations

International Lutheran Council welcomes 17 new church bodies into membership

20 million confessional Lutherans worldwide were represented at the conference, held Sept. 25–28 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Lutheran Church–Canada elects new president

The Rev. Timothy Teuscher, first vice-president of the church body’s East District, succeeds the Rev. Dr. Robert Bugbee, who is stepping down.

New book on Law/Gospel distinction features 13 essays

“The Necessary Distinction: A Continuing Conversation on Law & Gospel” features essays by authors from the LCMS, North American Lutheran Church and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Boards and Business: International, National Mission

Reports on recent meetings of the Synod’s Boards for International and National Mission.

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.

LCMS recognizes relationships with six church bodies

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recognizes fellowship with six partner churches on four continents.

OIM Audio: Rev. Ferry Discusses GKLI Convention

Pr. Ferry discusses the Indonesian Christian Lutheran Church convention that will make an important decision that could affect the LCMS.

Global Seminary Initiative Update: Making an Impact in Ethiopia

The impact of the Global Seminary Initiative can clearly be seen in the partnership between The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus.

Lutheran, Anglican leaders discuss religious freedom

The Feb. 8 Faith and Freedom Forum at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, features presidents of Lutheran Church—Canada, the Anglican Church in North America and the LCMS.

Confessional Lutherans, Anglicans draw closer

Participants in the Anglican Church in North America, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and Lutheran Church—Canada’s ongoing ecumenical dialogue release an interim report on their work so far.

Nordic Lutheran churches seek ILC membership

The Communion of Nordic Dioceses has approached the International Lutheran Council about its three member churches joining the council.

COP addresses convention, call-list ‘best practices’

They are among a variety of matters covered at the Nov. 16-19 meeting of the LCMS Council of Presidents, which ended in a joint session with the Synod’s Board of Directors.

LCMS, WELS, ELS release report on years of informal discussion

Leaders of the three confessional Lutheran synods began meeting informally in 2012.

Mission Summit explores changing face of Christianity

The collapse of Christianity in the West and the ramifications of America’s changing demographics are among topics presented during the LCMS Mission Summit.

Delegates pass resolutions on study of licensed lay deacons, Lord’s Supper oversight

In their second appearance at the convention, the Theology and Church Relations Floor Committee presents three resolutions, all of which are adopted.