A Note from Pastor
Are the problems of synod primarily structural or Scriptural?
"Our problem is not the structure of the ship. Her beams and basic structure are solid and resilient. It is not time to re-arrange the deck furniture. Much less is the solution the repainting of the ship, nor stenciling a new name on her bow. We must finally take the time and effort to come to a broad consensus on who she is, and what is her mission - that is, who we are and how we shall live and work together sailing confidently under the clear Word of God into the sea which is this post-modern world. By God's grace, it can be done, and now is the time to do it."
"Let's be honest. There are enduring divisions in the Synod, and these divisions not only make our life together bitter, they consume our energy, and they cripple our ability to share the Gospel in its fullness with a world that has never been so open to what we have in Christ as Lutherans. Our disunity is killing us and our mission effectiveness and at just the wrong moment!"
THE ABOVE THOUGHTS ARE TAKEN FROM AN OCTOBER ARTICLE BY REV. MATTHEW HARRISON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OUR SYNOD'S WORLD RELIEF AND HUMAN CARE DEPARTMENT. AT A TIME WHEN THE SYNOD'S BUREAURACY IS PUSHING TO RESTRUCTURE INTO A FORM OF MORE CENTRALIZED POWER AND TIGHTER CHURCH GOVERNANCE HARRISON OFFERS A REASONED AND SCRIPTURALLY BASED TREATISE THAT SHOWS WHY THIS EFFORT DOES NOT ADDRESS THE ROOT PROBLEM IN OUR MIDST.
If you would like to read his 20 page article, a few copies are available in the church office.
It may also be viewed online at SteadfastLutherans.org