The LCMS Board of Directors met for its sixth regular meeting of the 2013–2016 triennium February 13–14, 2015. The use of a “consent agenda” again expedited the board’s conduct of its business by including routine matters that require board action under a single resolution adopted at the beginning of the meeting.
The board received a report from President Matthew Harrison on LCMS Ministry Objectives, which he summarized by referring to his administration’s vision statement: “The LCMS is the premier catalyst of a seamlessly connected global network of confessional Lutheran partners united in a mission to witness to the gospel, manifest mercy, and enhance our life together.” He also spoke briefly about each of his administration’s mission priorities:
- Plant, sustain, and revitalize Lutheran Churches
- Support and expand theological education
- Perform human care in proximity to Word and Sacrament ministries
- Collaborate with the Synod’s members and partners to enhance mission effectiveness
- Promote and nurture the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of pastors and professional church workers
- Enhance early childhood, elementary, and secondary education and youth ministry The board also received a report from Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations/Regional Operations and Assistant to the President, under the theme “Consolidate, Focus, Renew, and Establish Partnerships.”
Other business addressed by the board during the February meeting:
- Salary ranges of International Center workers were increased by 2.4% to reflect compliance with the 2006 board philosophy of using the average of the top paid 150 parish pastors and the top paid 150 institutional executives as the basis for adjustments to the overall salary scale, effective March 1, 2015;
- Robert Chappell (Southfield, MI), David Dasari (Henderson, NY), and Jennifer Shields (Rock Springs, WY) were reappointed to the LCMS National Housing Support Corporation Board of Directors;
- A legal entity “The Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty” was created by the board to be a Missouri nonprofit corporation located in Washington D.C. “whose mission would be to advocate the positions of the LCMS by offering information, input, education, advice, and resources regarding three primary areas of focus in the public square: marriage, life, and religious liberty.” The board also appointed Mr. Bill Hecht to the new board; and
- The board established the location of the 2019 LCMS convention, naming Tampa, Florida as the location for the July 21–26 triennial meeting.
—Raymond L. Hartwig, Secretary