Meeting in St. Louis, the groups addressed pertinent topics, heard reports and reviewed policies.
The theme of the conference, held Oct. 12-13 in St. Louis, was “From Age to Age the Same,” a paraphrase of Is. 46:4.
At its April 26–28 meeting, the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a new report that focuses on the spiritual benefits of individual confession and absolution for both laity and pastors.
Requested by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in convention, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report on “Confession and Absolution” to address these matters.
The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report on “Women and Military Service: A Lutheran Perspective” to address the issue of women serving in the military, particularly in combat roles.
To help individuals and congregations commemorate the Reformation, the LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) developed prepared Bible studies on the doctrine of justification.
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 LCMS Council of Presidents September meeting includes nine newly elected district presidents, as the council examines various ongoing efforts across the Synod.
The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relation’s report is mailed to all Synod congregations and rostered church workers and is available online.
The update is needed because of “many changes in the understanding of morals, civil law and natural law in church and society,” according to the 2013 Synod convention.
The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopts reports on Communion statements and women’s service in the church, and a Bible study on persecution.