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June 12, 2009

Blue Ribbon Task Force: "It's Time" Reminder

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

As you know, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is undergoing a “personal study” to decide on how it is going to be structured and governed as it goes into the future. There are, of course, a number of questions about the governance of this Synod and its overall structure that need to be asked, but also need to be addressed.

The Synodical President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force has been working on just for the past several years. This year, they are presenting a series of proposals to each district convention to outline proposed changes to the Synod. For example, they are proposing changes to the structure of the Synod’s conventions (limited voters to either 650 to 800), allowing large congregations additional votes at convention, scraping the current structure of district governance (ie., circuits and how they are decided upon), shrinking the number of districts, and overhauling how the Synodical President is elected.

In a nutshell, the proposals sound very good when you hear them presented at convention. They do sound fabulous … until you sit down and actually think about them.

I’ve started a review of these proposals. Today’s entry is just a general “how I feel” post. I write more about this over at my blog.

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Blue Ribbon Task Force: "It's Time" Reminder

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

As you know, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod is undergoing a “personal study” to decide on how it is going to be structured and governed as it goes into the future. There are, of course, a number of questions about the governance of this Synod and its overall structure that need to be asked, but also need to be addressed.

The Synodical President’s Blue Ribbon Task Force has been working on just for the past several years. This year, they are presenting a series of proposals to each district convention to outline proposed changes to the Synod. For example, they are proposing changes to the structure of the Synod’s conventions (limited voters to either 650 to 800), allowing large congregations additional votes at convention, scraping the current structure of district governance (ie., circuits and how they are decided upon), shrinking the number of districts, and overhauling how the Synodical President is elected.

In a nutshell, the proposals sound very good when you hear them presented at convention. They do sound fabulous … until you sit down and actually think about them.

I’ve started a review of these proposals. Today’s entry is just a general “how I feel” post. I write more about this over at my blog.

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