Commission on Theology and Church Relations

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) provides study documents, opinions and statements on theological issues.

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) provides study documents, opinions and statements on theological issues. Established by the Synod in 1962, the commission provides guidance and leadership in the areas of theology and church relations.

The following CTCR document library includes reports, resources and evaluations concerning religious organizations and movements.

Newest Report

CTCR Report

“In Christ All Things Hold Together: The Intersection of Science & Christian Theology”

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Featured Report

CTCR Report

“Immigrants Among Us — A Lutheran framework for addressing immigration issues”

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The Commission on Theology and Church Relations document library includes the following:

  Reports: The CTCR brings matters of theology to the membership of the Synod through special studies and documents.

  Evaluations: The CTCR provides evaluations on a broad range of religious organizations and movements from a Lutheran theological perspective.

  Theological Opinions: Documents are prepared in response to a request for an opinion on a specific theological issue (e.g., from the president of the Synod, a district, board, commission or dispute resolution panel).

 

 

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Our Mission

 Empowered by God’s Spirit through the means of grace, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations serves Christ’s church by providing theological guidance to pastors and congregations for retaining, confessing and proclaiming the Scriptural GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.

Recent Stories & Articles

Commission on Theology and Church Relations – LCMS News & Information
Concordia Publishing House releases updated ‘Small Catechism with Explanation’
Friday, October 13, 2017 10:39:22 AM

Commission on Theology and Church Relations prepares Bible studies on doctrine of justification
Friday, October 13, 2017 10:34:03 AM

Catechism ‘Explanation’ revision ready for review
Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:29:36 PM

LCMS, LCC and NALC Leaders Release Joint Statement on Scripture
Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:56:09 AM

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