The LCMS Board of Directors met for its ninth regular meeting of the 2013–2016 triennium November 19-20, 2015, in Atlanta, GA. The use of a “consent agenda” again expedited the board’s conduct of its business by including routine matters that require board review or action under a single resolution adopted at the beginning of the meeting.
President Matthew Harrison began his “state of the Synod” report with comments regarding the positive mood that continues to exist across the church. He also spoke at length of the challenges the Synod is facing in American society and around the world, also noting some of the issues that will likely come before the 2016 Synod convention.
The business of the board conducted in open session included the following:
- The board met jointly with the Council of Presidents for a portion of the first day of its meeting and concurred with the council on an overture to be presented to the 2016 convention to adopt a new bylaw requiring asset disposition language in the governing documents of the Synod’s corporate agencies.
- The board discussed its advocacy of changes to the bylaws governing regional nominations and elections processes, to be reflected in an overture to the 2016 convention that it will consider at its next meeting.
- A “visit” with Office of International Mission Executive Director John Fale brought the board up to date on the Synod’s foreign mission activity and its plans going forward, the goal adopted by the 2013 convention to double the number of foreign career missionaries by the 2016 convention now well within reach.
- The board adopted a resolution to submit an overture to the 2016 convention to clarify bylaw language and distinguish between “Synod” and “Corporate Synod” and to provide consistency in the use of the term “property of the Synod.”
- The board took steps to authorize and approve the creation of a legal entity in the Dominican Republic to facilitate and support the work of the Synod in that country and throughout Latin America.
- The board approved increasing official representation to the 2016 convention for the Synod’s two mission boards, allowing their executive directors to serve as advisory representatives.
- The board appointed Jerry M. Frese to fill a lay member vacancy on the Board for International Mission, and Todd A. Peperkorn to fill an ordained member vacancy on the Board of Regents of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
—Raymond L. Hartwig, Secretary