Conservatives/confessionals feel very good about the triennial convention of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which concluded last week in Milwaukee. They passed virtually all of their resolutions by big margins, elected virtually all of their candidates, and won some big victories.
The convention voted to ensure that everyone engaged in Word and Sacrament ministry be ordained. (Lay ministers may still serve in various church functions, but not they may not function as pastors, preaching and administering the sacraments, as many have been doing. The convention also approved a path for getting lay ministers ordained.) This lines up the 2.5 million member synod with the Augsburg Confession, Article 14. For other actions, go here.
After the jump, Aaron Wolf, an editor with Chronicles Magazine, rhapsodizes about the LCMS, of which he is a member, saying that with the convention, “the LCMS officially embraced a conservative ethos.” [Read more…]