LCMS Board of Directors members Dr. Jesse Yow, Dr. Jan Lohmeyer, Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president,  Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, chairman, Mr. Christian Preus, Rev. Dr. John Sias, secretary; Rev. Peter Lange, first vice-president; Mr. Rick Stathakis, Mr. Ed Everts, Mr. Larry Harrington, Rev. Josemon Hoem, Mr. Andrew Grams. Missing: Mr. Keith Frndak.

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Official notice: CUS governance model proposal — Draft accreditation standards

LCMS CrossAt its Feb. 19 meeting, the LCMS Board of Directors approved dissemination of the initial governance model proposal developed over the prior 15 months by the 2019 Resolution 7-03 committee.

Prominent in the proposed structure are “Lutheran Identity and Mission Outcome Standards,” ultimately to be adopted by the proposed Commission for University Education (CUE) as the basis of the ecclesiastical accreditation process. The initial governance model proposal was released in March. Now an initial draft of accreditation standards is also available for review and comment.

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• Lutheran Identity and Mission Outcomes Standards with Evaluation Tool: An Introduction

• Lutheran Identity and Mission Outcome Standards with Evaluation Tool

Initial proposed governance model for the Concordia University System

LCMS CrossAt its Feb. 19 meeting, the LCMS Board of Directors approved dissemination of the initial governance model proposal developed by the 2019 Res. 7-03 committee to strengthen Concordia University System (CUS) institutions’ "connection to the Synod” and “confessional Lutheran identity.” Below, read an Official Notice with more information about the proposal from the LCMS Office of the Secretary.

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• Download CUS governance proposal     • Download 2019 Res. 7-03

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At its triennial conventions, the Synod endeavors to structure its walk and work together by adjusting its Constitution and Bylaws to enable it to carry out its mission statement most effectively:

“In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and world.”

The Commission on Handbook consults with the Commission on Constitutional Matters in the revision of the Handbook of the Synod following each national convention to bring it into harmony with convention actions.

2019 Handbook

The 2019 Handbook of the Synod (as approved by the Commission on Handbook, having consulted with the Commission on Constitutional Matters) has been published electronically, as of November 13, 2019, as the “November 2019” edition. As of the same date, print production and distribution are commencing.

The Handbook, with its growing index, is available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word versions. It is accompanied by an “update” edition, indicating all the changes made since the previously-released 2016 Handbook.

The electronic edition found here may be updated periodically as the Commission on Handbook incorporates minor corrections and other non-substantive changes as part of its responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and management of the Handbook.

Please report suggestions for correction or improvement, particularly regarding the new index, to the Office of the Secretary.


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Desired Outcome Policy of the Board of Directors

The Board serves to provide leadership in achieving the objectives of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as stated in Article III of its Constitution and Bylaws so that Christ’s name may be glorified among all people throughout the world by serving each other in Christ’s name, reaching our communities with Christ’s love and claiming the world for Christ’s kingdom.

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