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Synod recognizes fellowship with third church body in South Africa

The Synod in convention recognized fellowship with a South African church body, commended a report on cremation, and requested further study on “the relationship between unity in doctrine and uniformity and variety in practice.”

Synod adopts larger slate of candidates for future presidential elections

Convention delegates opted to increase the slate of candidates for presidential elections from three to five and adjust bylaws to provide for a timely election process.

Life Together with President Harrison – June 2019

In the Life Together News Digest for June 2019, LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison points to 1 John 4 as a reminder that God’s perfect love casts out fear.

Life Together with President Harrison – May 2019

LCMS President Matthew Harrison encourages us to thank God for 172 years as The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, 60 years of blessings through the Director of Christian Education program, 100 years of deaconesses serving the Synod and 125 years of LCMS international mission work.

Life Together with President Harrison – April 2019

In the April 2019 edition of Life Together, LCMS President Matthew Harrison highlights a new initiative in the LCMS Office of National Mission called “Making Disciples for Life.”

Life Together with President Harrison – March 2019

President Harrison reminds us we have a treasure in the church called The Litany, a beautiful prayer that helps us to pray for that which we might not otherwise remember.

Life Together with President Harrison – February 2019

Who do you know that might make a great pastor, deaconess, teacher, parish musician or director of Christian education? In the February 2019 “Life Together News Digest,” LCMS President Matthew Harrison talks with a fellow pastor in Florida who regularly prays for and encourages young people to serve as church workers.

Life Together with President Harrison – January 2019

In the January 2019 “Life Together News Digest,” LCMS President Matthew Harrison discusses how we — the Body of Christ — can walk together with vitality at the local gym, in our churches, throughout the Synod and among the people of this world.

Life Together with President Harrison – December 2018

In the December 2018 “Life Together News Digest,” LCMS President Matthew Harrison prays that God’s peace reign over your Christmas celebrations as you gather around Word and Sacrament with family and friends.

Life Together with President Harrison – November 2018

In the November 2018 “Life Together News Digest,” LCMS President Matthew Harrison highlights what being part of the “priesthood of all believers” means for your life and relationships.

Life Together with President Harrison – October 2018

LCMS President Matthew Harrison reminds us in October’s Life Together News Digest of the gift we’ve been given in our pastors, and Harrison shows how we can respond joyfully in return for these faithful servants during Pastor Appreciation Month.

Life Together with President Harrison – September 2018

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, discusses how it’s possible that we can be joyfully Lutheran in the way in which we manage the gifts we’ve been given.

Life Together with President Harrison – August 2018

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, talks about the great joy that is ours to share when pastors, circuit visitors and district presidents make visitation a high priority in ministry.

Give thanks in all circumstances — through the risen Christ

Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod: “I thank God for you, for your partnership in the Gospel, your confession of our Lutheran doctrine, your prayers for the Synod and even your prayers for this sinner. I thank God for your ministry. I thank God for every congregation in your district.”

Life Together with President Harrison – June 2018

President Matthew Harrison shares news and resources from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Message to the Church about demographic challenges we face

A portion of this “white paper” takes up the demographic challenge of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. I pray, that as we face challenges with the Word of God, we will continue to grow together in unity.