Northern Illinois District attendees of the 67th Regular Convention of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, held July 20-25, 2019.

Members of of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod met for the 67th Regular Convention this past July in Tampa, Florida. The convention attended to tasks and business to further the life and operations of Synod congregations.

The Reporter, the Synod’s official newspaper, covered the convention events. We have compiled some of their highlights here. Click “more information” to go to their website and read more.

  • The convention elected Rev. Dr. John C. Wohlrabe of St. Francis, Wisconsin to serve as regional vice-president for the Great Lakes Region of the LCMS, which includes the Northern Illinois District. He was also elected to be the second vice-president of the synod.  More information.
  • The National Offering for the next three years will carry the theme “Joy to the World.” It will support work “in urban areas, with new immigrants, on college campuses, with partner church missionaries and in church-planting efforts both stateside and abroad.” More information.
  • Floor committees worked to further the church’s mission in particular domains. Floor Committee 4 on Life Together proposed several milestone celebrations, including Synod’s 175th birthday in 2022 and the Lutheran Study Bible’s 10th anniversary in October. They also resolved to further study the practice of close(d) communion and to revitalize Synod’s Recognized Service Organization (RSO) program. Our district president, Rev. Dr. Allan Buss, was an active member in Committee 4’s activities. More information.
  • Throughout the convention, members listened to essays about the theme “Joy:fully Lutheran: Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks.” Rev. Dr. Herbert C. Mueller, who has served as first vice-president since 2010, delivered the first essay, reiterating that the life and work of Jesus gives us joy. More information.

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