ORGANIZATION OF COMMITTEES AT 2001 AND 2004 LCMS CONVENTIONS

Showing Lay People in a Distinct Minority in Direct Violation of Words of Jesus:

One is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.  Matthew 23:8

The princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them, but it shall not be so among you.  Matthew 20:25-26

 

            The LCMS is exhibiting poor stewardship in how it is utilizing clergy talent and the money to maintain 593 trained pastors in a bureaucracy.

            In so doing does the LCMS ignore at its peril the lesson of the Parable of the Talents?

             The sobering question for all of the members of the LCMS, clergy and lay people, is whether we are being good stewards of the resources God has placed at our disposal when we tolerate a structure where 593 clergymen have left the parish ministry in the last 20+ years and are reposing in bureaucratic positions in Synod, District and others at a time when the LCMS has 1,180 vacant parishes?

             When the Presidents of the Districts and the Synodical President structure committees where lay people are in a distinct minority, they are contravening a direct statement from Jesus who made clear we are all equal in the Kingdom of God.

             The By-laws of Synod require that District Presidents and the Synodical President constitute committees at conventions.  Historically lay people have been under represented at these conventions.  To prove the point, please look at how the committees at the 2001 LCMS Convention were organized. 

2001 LCMS CONVENTION COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION

 

 

Total Members

Ordained Minister (OM)

% OM

Commissioned Minister

(CM)

% CM

Layperson

(L)

%

L

Committee 1          

Missions

14

9

64%

1

7%

4

29%

Committee 2

Congregational Services

15

9

60%

2

13%

4

27%

Committee 3

Theology and Church Relations

18

11

61%

1

6%

6

33%

Committee 4

Program and Finance

12

7

58%

2

17%

3

25%

Committee 5

Higher Education

17

10

59%

2

12%

5

29%

Committee 6

Human Care

13

8

62%

2

15%

3

23%

Committee 7

Structure, Planning, and Administration

21

12

57%

1

5%

8

38%

Committee 8

National/District Synod Relations

17

10

59%

1

6%

6

35%

Committee 9

Registration, Credentials, and Elections

11

5

45%

3

27%

3

27%

Committee 10

Nominations

18

9

50%

0

0%

9

50%

                                                                                                                                                            

            To further prove the point, please look at how the committees at the 2004 LCMS Convention are organized. 

2004 LCMS CONVENTION COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION

 

 

Total Members

Total Church Workers including Voting

Ordained Minister (VOM), Chairman (C), District Pres.(DP) and Advisory Ordained and/or Commissioned Ministers (AOM & ACM)

% Church Workers

Total Laypersons including Voting Layperson (VL), and Advisory Layperson (AL)

%

Laypersons

Committee 1          

Missions

15

11

73%

4

27%

Committee 2

District and Congregational Services

14

10

71%

4

29%

Committee 3

Theology and Church Relations

16

12

75%

4

25%

Committee 4

Program and Finance

13

9

69%

4

31%

Committee 5

Higher Education

15

11

73%

4

27%

Committee 6

Human Care

13

10

77%

3

23%

Committee 7

Structure, Planning, and Administration

17

11

65%

6

35%

Committee 8

Ecclesiastical Supervision and Dispute Resolution

14

10

71%

4

29%

Committee 9

Registration, Credentials, and Elections

11

8

73%

3

27%

Committee 10

Nominations

17

8

47%

9

53%


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