LCMS Board of Directors members (from left to right): Rev. Peter Lange, first vice-president; Mr. Larry Harrington, Mr. Christian Preus; Mr. Andrew Grams; Dr. Jan Lohmeyer; Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, chairman; Dr. Jesse Yow; Rev. Dr. John Sias, secretary; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president; and Rev. Josemon Hoem. Not pictured: Ed Everts and Keith Frndak.

LCMS Board of Directors members (from left to right): Rev. Peter Lange, first vice-president; Mr. Larry Harrington; Mr. Christian Preus; Mr. Andrew Grams; Dr. Jan Lohmeyer; Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, chairman; Dr. Jesse Yow; Rev. Dr. John Sias, secretary; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president; and Rev. Josemon Hoem. Not pictured: Ed Everts and Keith Frndak.


Board of Directors

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod


The Board of Directors (BOD) is the legal representative of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is the custodian of all the property of the Synod — directly or by its delegation of such authority to an agency of the Synod.

The BOD exercises supervision over all the property and business affairs of the Synod, except in those areas where it has delegated such authority to an agency of the Synod or where the voting members of the Synod, through the adoption of bylaws or by other convention action, have assigned specific areas of responsibility to separate corporate or trust entities.

In such circumstances, the BOD retains general oversight responsibility as defined in Synod Bylaws.


 

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Meeting Minutes


Minutes of previous meetings are available upon request by contacting the LCMS Chief Administrative Office.

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News & Updates

LCMS Board of Directors – Reporter
Delegates tidy up the polity of the Synod
Monday, July 29, 2019 1:13:41 PM

Sias re-elected, four BOD members elected
Monday, July 22, 2019 6:20:52 PM

BOD approves $81.3 million budget for Fiscal Year ‘20
Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:11:44 AM

Synod’s external debt is no more: ‘A milestone achievement’
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 4:29:50 PM

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Handbook


The Handbook of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod includes the Constitution, Bylaws, and Articles of Incorporation of the organization.

2016 Handbook

The 2016 Handbook of the Synod has been published electronically as of Feb. 1, 2017, as the “February 2017” edition. It includes a completely redesigned index, is available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word versions, and is accompanied by a “red-lined” edition, indicating the changes made since the 2013 Handbook.

The print edition of the 2016 Handbook has been delayed so that it can accommodate certain changes required to be made by the convention in a process that is yet ongoing (see the Preface). In addition, the Commission on Handbook periodically 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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Policy Manual


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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Board Members

The criteria for membership on the Board of Directors is outlined in the LCMS Handbook (Bylaw 3.3.4.1).

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As our churches and schools come under increased scrutiny, the LCMS is dedicated to helping pastors, church workers, church administrators, lay leaders and others learn how to better protect their church or school from potential legal challenges.

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Amicus Briefs

From time to time The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod joins amicus briefs for Supreme Court cases in which the outcome is likely to affect the church. Browse a listing of briefs to which the LCMS has joined. In most cases, the text of the entire brief is available.

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