Commission on Theology and Church Relations

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The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) document library includes:

  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).

Biblical Authority

Documents on Biblical Authority and Interpretation address inspiration and inerrancy, interpretive principles, the relationship between the Gospel and Scripture, and inclusive language.

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Lutheran Doctrine & Practice

Lutheran Doctrine and Practice documents are divided into four categories: Christian Faith, Life and Witness; Church and Ministry; Creation and New Creation; and Means of Grace (Sacraments).

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Lutherans & Other Christians

Documents regarding Lutherans and Other Christians focus on the Lutheran understanding of church fellowship, ecumenism, and principles for cooperation in externals.

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Life Issues

Life Issues

Life Issues documents focus on topics including abortion, reproductive ethics, and end-of-life concerns and decisions. Reports include “Christian Care at Life’s End” and “Abortion in Perspective.”

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Marriage & Sexuality

The CTCR provides Scriptural perspectives to explain God’s design for human sexuality and marriage between one man and one woman. Topics also include divorce, remarriage and gender identity.

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Man & Woman in the Church

The CTCR examines Scripture regarding God’s design for man/woman relationships in marriage and the church. Documents focus on the service of women in local congregations and synodical offices.

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Social Issues & Citizenship

The Commission addresses the Lutheran view of church and state, racism, immigration, gambling, capital punishment, and the care of creation.

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Religious Organizations

From a Lutheran perspective, the CTCR evaluates world religions, religious organizations and movements, and fraternal organizations and lodges.

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Spanish Resources

Several CTCR documents are available in Spanish. The documents are listed in their respective topic categories, and they are also featured in one collection.

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Partner Churches

The LCMS is in altar and pulpit fellowship with church bodies worldwide, and many partners are members of the International Lutheran Council, an association of confessional Lutheran churches.

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General Resources

The CTCR library includes Bible studies and guides, responses to ecumenical discussions and actions, LCMS doctrinal statements, LCMS policy and polity documents, dissenting opinions, and task force reports.

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As an additional way of carrying out its assignments, the CTCR utilizes conferences and convocations to bring matters of theology and church relations for discussion to the membership of the Synod.

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