Commission on Theology & 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.

Women & Military Service

Report on Women and Military Service

Do Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions provide insight and guidance regarding the service of women in combat and (if U.S. laws should change) the conscription of women into military service? A new CTCR report, requested by the Synod in convention, addresses these matters.

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‘Unjustifiable Faiths’

CTCR Bible study series.

This Bible study series explores four commonly held beliefs that do not justify a person before God. Since each is an attempt to show a person’s conduct is right (and therefore acceptable to God), each is really an example of self-justification and falls short of what Scripture teaches.

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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).



What is the CTCR?

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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

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CTCR releases report on women and the military
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:03:32 AM

CTCR report: ‘Women and Military Service: A Lutheran Perspective’
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:46:13 AM

CTCR Bible studies on Justification
Thursday, March 01, 2018 1:50:49 PM

LCMS, LCC, NALC release three-year Bible reading guide
Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:50:05 PM

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