LCMC Annual Gathering Minutes http://lcmc.net/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/feed The minutes of annual gatherings of LCMC are provided as information, and for the convenience of the membership of LCMC. Until approved at subsequent annual gatherings, they are "draft" documents, and are subject to possible change or correction. A commentary will be provided when possible. Commentary merely reflects general discussions of issues and topics. Commentary is not meant to indicate board action or approval. It is included as an attempt to provide timely information to our membership. en-us 2014 Annual Gathering Minutes. http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Sun, 05 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0600 Convention Business

Kip Tyler, Chair of the Board of Trustees, called the convention to order in business session at 3:00 p.m. Monday, October 6, 2014.

Procedures for the Convention 2014

Chair appointed Martha Uecker Nelson as Recording Secretary for 2014.

Chair directed the body to Section 4 of Gathering booklet in regard to adopting the official convention rules and announced that the deadline for suggested amendments to the By-laws would be 3:30 Monday.

M/S/P To adopt the conventions rules as presented.

Chair appointed Tony Stoutenburg and Cathy Nichol as Credentials Committee.

Report of Credentials Committee:

  • Total Attendance: 1029
  • Voting Delegates: 481
  • Members: 348
  • Seminarians: 51
  • Visitors: 96

Convention Business

M/S/P Acceptance of the 2013 Draft Minutes as presented.

A report was presented on Election Areas and the proposal for 2015.

M/S/P To approve the Election Areas for 2014 and 2015 as presented.

The 2014 Areas holding caucuses for elections are: 2, 4, and 5.

New Business

Treasurer’s Report- Laurel Swanson, Treasurer, presented her report on the state of the association. She discussed the nominal budget increases and reported once again this year that our audit was clean.

M/S/P Accept the proposed 2015 Budget

Kip Tyler reported that the Heartland District had brought to Board of Trustees a request for Youth emphasis. The Trustees plan to launch a Youth Gathering in 2016 with the support of the association.

Suspend meeting at 3:17

Convention Business Meeting resumed on Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Kip Tyler called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.

Recognition of Becky Lee who explained the Thrivent Financial- Reformation Grant Program for 2017 Reformation celebration activity. The $75,000 grant is to be used before 2017 in service to show Love to God and love to neighbor. The Board of Trustees has challenged congregations to submit proposals for what they would do in this context with a $5,000 grant.

The 2015 assembly in Frisco, TX will choose to award $5,000 each to 15 congregations and will show what they did in 2017 to the assembly and to Thrivent.

Sean Kelly introduced Pastor Kelly Kosky from Transkei region of South Africa, missionary. Pr Kosky shared his story.

Meeting called to a close the 14th Annual Gathering of LCMC at 2:25 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Uecker Nelson

Secretary

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2013 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 07 Oct 13 00:00:00 -0600 Convention Business

Kip Tyler, Chair of the Board of Trustees, called the convention to order in business session at 3:00 p.m. Monday,
October 7, 2013.

Procedures for the convention 2013

M/S/P To appoint Martha Uecker Nelson Recording Secretary for 2013

Chair directed the body to Section 4 of Gathering booklet in regard to adopting the official convention rules and
announced that the deadline for suggested amendments to the By-laws would be 3:30 p.m. Monday.

M/S/P To adopt the conventions rules as presented.

Chair appointed Tony Stoutenburg and Cathy Nichol as Credentials Committee.

M/S/P Report of Credentials Committee:

  • Total Attendance: 850
  • Voting Delegates: 441
  • Members: 257
  • Seminarians: 27
  • Visitors: 125

Old Business

M/S/P Acceptance of the 2012 Draft Minutes as presented

Kip Tyler presented a report on By-Laws changes that had been voted on in 2012. He confirmed that they had
been accepted by our congregations and were in effect as of this meeting.

A report was presented on Election Areas and the proposal for 2014.

M/S/P To approve the Election Areas for 2013 and 2014 as presented.

The 2013 Areas holding caucuses for elections are: 3, 5, and 6.

New Business

Laurel Swanson reported we are in a favorable financial situation. Treasurer’s Report Section page 10-13 for
information. Laurel stated that she thanks God for the blessings that we have received. She also drew attention to
the proposal to increase the budget in 2014 to accommodate additional staffing. She also indicated that once again
this year, our audit was clean.

M/S/P To approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented.

M/S/P 2014 Budget (Financial Report pg 10 proposed budget) as proposed

Adjournment

M/S/P To close business session at 3:18 p.m

Respectfully Submitted,

Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson
Secretary

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2012 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 08 Oct 12 00:00:00 -0600 Convention Business

Mark Vander Tuig introduced Kip Tyler, Chair of the Board of Trustees, who called the convention to order in business session at 2:50 p.m. Monday, October 08, 2012. Kip Tyler opened nominations for Convention Chair.

M/S/P To appoint Barry Anderson Temp Chair for 2012.

Chair asked for nominations for Recording Secretary for 2012.

M/S/P To appoint Martha Uecker Nelson Recording Secretary for 2012.
Chair directed the body to Section 5 of Gathering booklet….. in regard to adopting the official convention rules and announced that the deadline for suggested amendments to the By-laws would be 3:30 p.m. Monday.

M/S/P To adopt the conventions rules as presented.

Chair appointed Tony Stoutenburg & Sharon MacFadyen to serve as the 2012 Credentials Committee.

Report of Credentials Committee to establish a quorum for the Gathering submitted by Tony Stoutenburg.

930 Total Attendance
481 Delegates
265 Members
184 Visitors

M/S/P Credentials Report

New Business

Correction: Draft Report of the Minutes of last convention- change heading to 2011 not 2012.

M/S/P Consideration of By-Laws

Proposed changes were outlined in the Registration Material. The gathering was asked to refer to those changes throughout this discussion.

M/S/P Report of By-Laws Committee.

“About the By-Law Committee” explained the reasoning to the Gathering and noted that the committee kept at fore-front: “we are a congregationally based organization".

By-Laws of LCMC proposed changes:

Section 1:03
Minor change of “organizational principles”
Paragraph E

Adoption 1.01-1.03 M/P

Section 1.05
Would be addition Paragraph C notice to association
Adoption 1.04, 1.05 M/P

1.06-8 Moved from other section of the By-Laws
Minor language changes “Membership” deleted

1.07 & 1.08 No quotas for services, congregation available to form as they choose

Adoption 1.06, 1.07, 1.08 changes M/P

Section 2
2.02, 2.03 Essentially new 2.03c how we define ordained ministry
Discussion of: Removal of much of 2.02- is elsewhere in the Constitution or By-Laws

Clarification of “the church” meaning- congregation, no impingement by others

Amendment to motion to amend to delete line “along with other organizations of the church,”

M/S/P

Adopt as presented M/P

Issue of Article 14 as part of 2.03a explained.

Ministry Board Section

Section 2.05-2.10 Chair called upon Paul Spaulding to explain the background of 2.07 of due diligence for
background check and 2.08-2.10 cause for removal-needs to be a process for this. He noted that 2.10 Needed for legal liability.

Adoption 2.05 Rusty Bailey motioned amend amendment to change of “establish” to “recommend” M/P

Discussion pursued concerning 2.05-2.10

Adoption 2.05-2.10 as amended, M/P

Section 5 Questions of District Organizations- reorganize the paragraphs
5.04, 5.05, 5.06 Explanation of language of the authority of Districts
5.04c Unanimous insertion of “member”

Adoption 5.04-5.06, M/P

Section 6 & 7 grammatical changes

Adoption Section 6 & 7, M/P

Section 10.01 & 10.02 Deletion M/P.

M/S/P Move as adopted as amended of the changes of the By-Laws.

Chair entertained nominations for Treasurer:

  • Laurel Swanson, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA
  • Larry Beldin, Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, NE
  • Eugene Grimm, American Lutheran Church, Prescott, AZ

M/S/P close nominations. Each candidate introduced themselves to the Gathering body.

Chair thanked all 3 candidates for their willingness to serve.

Areas:

Chair explained the concept of areas. They are used solely as a means for voting for Board members to the whole.

M/S/P Approve 2012 areas including the new that joined since the proposed election areas were printed.

M/S/P Proposed Areas for 2013

The business session recessed at 4:24 p.m. until Tuesday.

The Business Session was moved back into session at 1:50p.m. Tuesday

Credentials Committee report by Tony Stoutenburg:

484 Delegates
293 Congregations
310 Members
184 Visitors
978 In Attendance

Election of Treasurer

Kip Tyler explained the election procedure and read the bio of each candidate for the position of Treasurer.

LCMC – 2012 Treasurer’s Report

Kirk Dean reported that once again we received a clean audit.

Kirk reported and explained about the LCMC Mission Endowment Fund.

Kirk extended appreciation to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for their generous funds.

Also, Kirk extended appreciation to St. Michael LC in Canton, MI for the use of office space.

M/S/P Accept the Treasurer’s Report as presented by Kirk Dean

Kip expressed our deepest gratitude to Kirk for his work over these past seven years

Chair called upon Credentials Committee who reported with 363 votes cast, Laurel Swanson elected Treasurer with 206 votes.

Groups were invited to come forward to share information about ministries happening:

  • Steve Dornbusch, Calvary, Golden Valley, MN informed members about BLGH Building Leaders for a Global Harvest, a ministry in Ethiopia to train/develop leaders for Ethiopia & across Africa.
  • Robert Nordvall shared about EEMN Eastern European Missions Network.
  • John Dovinh shared about Lutheran Asian Ministries
  • LCMC Lutheran Men in Mission distributed gifts to recipient mission congregations.

M/S/P Close Business session.

Respectfully Submitted,

Martha Uecker Nelson
Secretary

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2011 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 03 Oct 11 00:00:00 -0600
M/S/P To appoint Becky Lee Convention Chair for 2011.

Chair asked for nominations for Recording Secretary for 2011.

M/S/P To appoint Bruce Gamache Recording Secretary for 2011.

Chair directed the body to Section 4 of Gathering booklet in regard to adopting the official convention rules and announced that the deadline for suggested amendments to the By-laws would be 5:00 pm Monday.

M/S/P To adopt convention rules as presented.

Chair appointed Tony Stoutenburg and Sharon MacFadyen to serve as the 2011 Credentials Committee and Joseph Leavengood as acting Parliamentarian.

Report of Credentials Committee to establish a quorum for the Gathering submitted by
Tony Stoutenburg.

1,098 total attendance
601 delegates
362 members
135 visitors

LCMC - 2011 Treasurer’s Report

Once again this year, it is my pleasure to be able to report that LCMC has had another successful year financially due to the considerate benevolence of you, the member congregations.

I will first refer you to tab 5 in your Gathering program booklet and direct you to the independent audit report which shows total assets of $164,330 as of Dec. 31, 2010. As I have reported to you in previous years, these assets are almost universally unrestricted and restricted cash assets used to conduct the business of the association. Essentially the only fixed assets the association owns would be technology equipment, which is rapidly depreciated.

The audit again this year does not identify specific weaknesses or make recommendations for procedural or operational changes, and thus is unqualified by auditing standards. The audit that was conducted this year was somewhat abbreviated for various reasons, but there will be a more extensive audit completed for the 2012 fiscal year.

Since the audit numbers obviously show 2010 numbers I would next refer you to the last 3 pages in tab 5 for financial results through August of this calendar year. Revenue to the association from member congregations has remained steady and sufficient.

I would again remind you all that LCMC has no dues, membership fee, or even benevolence expectations of specific member congregations. You are seeing and experiencing what we are doing and what we are able to do with the funding you have been providing. So, please continue to support your association, as you are comfortable and able. And please let the board know of your recommendations for program expenditures as you identify them.

That being said, it is natural that our expenses have grown commensurate with the rapid growth in LCMC membership. The expenses remain similar with staffing, travel, and meetings categorizing the largest areas. Our staffing has grown now to a total of 6 full and part time. Nobody would care to follow our Service Coordinator around as he travels bringing knowledge of our association to the world. And, it is no small job to now produce events like this Gathering or our Leadership Conference as it was just couple years ago when the association was 1/3 our current size and could be held in member churches. I certainly thank our entire staff for the sacrifice they make to their family and personal life for the benefit of our membership.

Another key change element affecting the financial side continues to be technology. We have worked hard since the inception of LCMC to not build infrastructure, facilities, bureaucracy, etc. So we have made heavy use of technology as possible. Our address is Canton, Michigan but our head office is Des Moines, Iowa, Columbus, Neb., Fargo, ND, Minneapolis, MN, AND Canton, Mich. Most of our business is conducted telephonically and much of our informational communication comes to you via LCMC.NET. We have recently invested in significant upgrading of the LCMC website and I strongly encourage you to use that as your first source for information and contact. We cannot afford to staff any of our “head offices” 24 hours a day, and your use of the website will save us significant time and dollars in addition to being a very effective and consistent communication method.

You can see on page F-1of Tab 5 a very concise budget for 2012. This is done purposefully as we need to remain very flexible but conservative at this stage of our association’s life. We want to remain very open to new programs or opportunities, but always remembering our congregationally-based culture. This budget is offered to you as a proposed budget and will only be approved by the board at our next meeting after any input or suggested change is received from you, the membership.

And please understand, every attempt is made to operate the association as efficiently and effectively as possible. The board and staff vehemently monitor expense control at every opportunity.

Just two more quick things - as always I mention the Seminarian Debt Relief fund which is one of our few restricted funds that is continually in need of support. We have numerous seminary graduates who are coming out of the seminary with considerable debt and this fund has been established to help them reduce that debt. If you would wish to designate some of your benevolence that way we know it can be used, as well as to the Mission Fund, or the Lutheran Men’s Fund.

Also, Thrivent Financial has once again this year increased their support for a LCMC and this Gathering to the amount of $72,500 so thank you very much Thrivent if you are present, and to all our members, please express your appreciation to them whenever you have the opportunity.

Madam Chair, I submit this as my annual treasurer’s report to the association.

Kirk Dean


M/S/P Accept Treasurer’s Report presented by Kirk Dean

Chair Lee referred to Area apportionment information behind Tab 7 to determine congregations assigned to Area #2 and Area #4 who will caucus for electing Trustee.

MOVED to approve 2011 Region apportionments of congregations for election of Trustees and approve 2012 Region apportionment of congregations for election of Trustees.

It was noted from the floor that there were omissions from the 2011 listings for Area #2 and in Area #4.
Chair asked for all observed omissions to be brought to the attention of the podium for correction of the listings.

It was also noted from the floor that numerical variance in # congregations in the seven Areas for Trustee election should be reviewed once omitted congregations are added. Chair asked for a deferral of vote on 2012 congregational apportionment until corrections could be made and called for a recess of business until 1:30 pm Tuesday.

The business session recessed at 3:40 pm.

The Business Session was moved back into session at 1:30 pm Tuesday.

Mark Vander Tuig invited Perry Peterson to address the Gathering in regard to Lutheran Men in Mission. $100,000.00 have been raised to help fund Mission Congregations to date.

He described the two funds: BAM Buck a Month and Committee of 100.

Perry Peterson awarded 5 grant requests:
Living Water Lutheran Ohio $3,000 for a sound system
Hope Lutheran Church Quincy Ill
Peace Lutheran Gulf Shores Ala.
Radient Church of Garden Grove Ca.
Funds for Cambodian Well Ministry accepted by Tom LoVan to drill 17 wells.

Chair introduced LCMC Staff : Sharon MacFadyen, Cathy Nichol and Kristy Thomas.

Videos on Leadership Gathering and Denver Gathering were presented.

Chair Becky Lee addressed establishing apportionment of congregations for 2012 to determine Areas to elect Trustees.

Area # 1
Mountain of Faith Tooele Utah

Area #4
North West Prarie LC Viroqua WI
South West Prarie LC Viroqua WI
Franklin LC Viroqua WI (Soldiers Grove WI.)
Gloria Dei LC Tomah Wisconsin
Immanuel Tigertown WI
Shepherd of the Lakes Waupaca
St John Weyauwega
Farmington Waupaca
Cornerstone Wausau

Area # 5
Annapolis Annapolis MD
Area # 7
Celebration Fredericksburg VA
United Crockett VA
St. John Roanoke VA
Apostles Chesapeake VA

M/S/P Accept amended lists of congregations to Areas for the 2012 election of Trustees. Chair announced the result of Monday afternoon caucus gatherings,which reported uncontested elections of Trustees Becky Lee in Area #2 and Martha Nelson in Area #4.

Report of Credentials Committee to update attendance at the 2011 Gathering submitted by Tony Stoutenburg.

1,120 total attendance
602 delegates
373 members
145 visitors

Trustees report on trip to Ethiopia presented by Anne Gran and Martha Nelson.

Review of 2010 resolution to establish a working relationship with EECMY.

Janet Christianson asked for amended wording in third petition to read:
We will pray for and with each other for the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit as we discern together how this partnership will develop.

M/S/P To amended wording in the resolution.

Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus have found common ground in the Christian faith and mission. We rejoice in the relationship Christ has brought about and the future direction in which He will take us. We realize that these our brothers and sisters have much to offer us as an association and we humbly desire to work together.

We believe that the Lord Jesus has brought us together, that the Holy Spirit is guiding us in this partnership and as we are faithful, God will use the EECMY and the LCMC in fulfilling the Great Commission. Therefore we commit to the following:

We will pray for and with each other for the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit as we discern together how this partnership will develop.
We acknowledge and confess that we are all members of the Body of Christ and a part of the same family of believers and therefore share in full communion with one another.
We affirm and support the mission and ministry of the other, finding our place in fulfilling the Great Commission both in our own country and in the world.
We accept the priesthood of all believers and the divine right of the congregation to call forth leaders, pastors, teachers and provide for instruction in the historic orthodox Christian faith.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking, and training in all righteousness.
We will work toward the willing exchange of pastors in our congregations and teachers in our seminary training.

M/S/P Approve amended the resolution on fellowship relationship with EECMY congregations.

Chair informed the Gathering that the Trustees saw fit in light of the tone set by our speakers to offer a statement describing our intent as an association in regard to ecumenical relations.

“In ecumenical relations LCMC is unique in that such relationships do not come top down but are lived out and arise from our congregations. We confess our belief in the holy Christian Church through the creeds, and believe the unity in Christ’s Church comes from faith in Christ alone and is brought to fruition through the Holy Spirit. The interaction of our congregations with other Christian congregations of other denominations through joint mission, ministry and leadership is how this is lived out. We believe in such relationships there is not a need to change who we are theologically or pragmatically, but to simply live out the Great Commission together. We encourage our congregations to relate with other Christian congregations. This we believe applies to our brothers and sisters in other Christian congregations.”

M/S/P To adopt the statement on ecumenical relationships.

M/S/P To recess the business session of the LCMC Gathering until the opening of the 2012 Gathering
in Denver, Colorado at 2:55 pm.

Respectfully submitted,
Bruce Gamache’
Secretary


NOTE: Areas 2 and 4 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the board of trustees. Both trustees from those areas, Rev. Becky Lee and Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson, were re-elected to serve on the Board of Trustees.]]>
2010 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 04 Oct 10 00:00:00 -0600 The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 3:07 P.M. on Monday, October 4, 2010.

Barry Anderson began with the proposed rules of the convention as presented in the convention binder.

M/S/P To adopt the convention rules as amended (all changes to by-law changes to the trustees by 5 pm)

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint necessary committees for the convention

The chair appointed Rev. Tony Stoutenburg, with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Director of Operations) to the credentials committee.

Tony Stoutenburg reported that the total attendance at the gathering is 1067 persons, which include 220 visitors, 381 members, and 466 delegates, representing 337 congregations. As of today LCMC consists of 545 congregations. 495 of these are US congregations in 40 states.

The chair appointed Calvary Lutheran Church with the assistance of Sharon MacFayden to the arrangement committee.

The chair appointed Sue McKenzie as recording secretary for the 2010 convention.

The chair moved to the minutes of the previous convention. With no corrections or revisions, the chair entertained a motion to accept the minutes as presented.

M/S/P To approve the minutes of the 2009 LCMC convention as presented.

Barry Anderson gave a brief overview of the election process. He reminded us that people are elected from an area but represent the association as a whole. Areas are only for the election process. Area distribution is behind tab 7.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2010 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the Board of Trustees.

Elections for 2010 will be in areas 3, 4, 5, and 6.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2011 as presented under Tab 7 and as recommended by the Board of Trustees.

Mrs. Anne Gran presented the Treasurer’s report, which had been prepared by Mr. Kirk Dean.

M/S/P To accept the treasurer’s report

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson to serve as permanent convention chair for 2010

The business session recessed at 3:37pm

The business session was moved back into session on Tuesday October 5, 2010 at 2:58pm.

The chair reviewed the election process as two areas have three persons running for election to the Board of Trustees.

These elections will be held by secret ballot at 5:30pm. A majority vote of those present and voting is needed to win the election. This could go to second and third ballots if needed.

Mark Vander Tuig presented a resolution from the board:

We believe that God has orchestrated a remarkable opportunity for our association that has come to light during our time together here at Calvary. We have been brought together with representatives of the Mekane Yesus Church in Ethiopia, a church that currently has significant relationships with Lutherans in America. Together we have recognized amazing similarities in mission focus, polity, structure, and ministry.

Therefore:

We authorize the LCMC Board of Trustees, along with other interested parties, to explore and develop a relationship with the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia and its sister churches present in the United States.

Discussion:

Mark spoke to the resolution. We don’t do hardly anything without the authorization of this body so we were fortunate to meet with representatives of this group at lunch today. We are asking you to give us the authority to meet and have conversation with this group.

M/S/P To authorize the LCMC Board of Trustees, along with other interested parties, to explore and develop a relationship with the Mekane Yesus Church of Ethiopia and its sister churches present in the United States.

MSP to recess at 3:06pm

Respectfully submitted,
Susanne McKenzie
Secretary


NOTE #1: Areas 3, 4, 5, and 6 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the board of trustees. Areas 3 & 5 held uncontested elections; returning to service on the Board of Trustees is Mrs. Ann Gran and electing Rev. Bruce Gamache’. Newly elected to serve from the other Areas are Rev. Martha Uecker Nelson and Rev. Kip Tyler.

NOTE #2: Judith Wieserner delegate from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church West Falls, NY asked this body to thank the staff at Calvary Lutheran Church for a wonderful Gathering.

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2009 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 05 Oct 09 00:00:00 -0600

Minutes - Business Section - 9th Annual Gathering

The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 2:25 P.M. on Monday, October 5, 2009.

M/S/P    To nominate Barry Anderson to serve as permanent convention chair for the 2009 convention

M/S/P    To nominate Sue McKenzie to serve as permanent convention secretary for the 2009 convention

There were no other nominations.

M/S/P    To close nominations and elect Barry Anderson as convention chair and Sue McKenzie as recording secretary for the 2009 convention.

The chair moved to the proposed rules of the convention as presented in the convention binder with one change under section 8. ("or the gathering" has been added.)

M/S/P    To adopt the Convention Rules 1 through 10 as proposed (with one change, see above).

M/S/P    To authorize the chair to appoint a Credentials Committee for the convention.

The chair appointed Rev. Tony Stoutenburg, with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Administrative Coordinator), to the credentials committee.

Rev. Stoutenburg reported that the total attendance at the Gathering is 716 persons which include 275 visitors, 161 members, and 226 delegates, representing 132 congregations.

M/S/P    To accept the report of the Credentials Committee.

The chair appointed Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, North Dakota as the official host site of the 2009 Annual Gathering.

The chair appointed Vernon Peterson as Parliamentarian for these proceedings.

The chair moved to the minutes of the previous convention. With no corrections or revisions, the chair entertained a motion to accept the minutes as presented.

M/S/P    To approve the minutes of the 2008 LCMC convention as presented.

Mr. Kirk Dean presented the Treasurer's report.

Dean reported that we had a very satisfactory audit this year. This was due in great measure to Sharon MacFadyen's excellent record keeping skills.

Dean reviewed the preliminary budget for next year. A significant change for next year includes an increase in donations expected of 23%. Increased expenses include a 35% increase in event expenses. Thrivent supports us and we are grateful for that support. Travel and meeting expense are anticipated to be up 45%. We also will incur additional staffing expense.

We encourage each congregation to look at their budget and see what is appropriate for giving to the LCMC.

Other opportunities for giving include: Seminary debt relief fund, Lutheran Men's fund, and the International Mission Fund.

All and all we are in fine shape.

District funding: Dean also reviewed the form a District needs to fill out to create a District. He stressed that Districts need to be self-supporting.

M/S/P    To accept the treasurer’s report
  
Anderson reviewed the election process. There was a question as to why some congregations had been moved to different areas. This was to maintain the 15% rule. (Bylaws of this association permit a variance in Area size of no more than 15%.)

 

M/S/P    To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2009 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the Board of Trustees.

M/S/P    To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2010 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the Board of Trustees.
  
Anderson explained the difference between Districts and Areas and why we organize ourselves the way that we do. This is to free ourselves from the power struggles that can occur over this. In other words, Districts and Areas fulfill very different roles.

The chair opened the floor to old business. There was no old business.

The chair opened the floor to new business.

Resolution: Districts:

This resolution is submitted by the LCMC Board of Trustees and entered this 5th day of October 2009, at the National Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), at Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, North Dakota.

Recitals:
1. Section 5.03 of the bylaws of LCMC recognizes the existence of districts to which LCMC congregations may, in the sole discretion of these congregations, join or participate with;

2. Section 5.03 of the bylaws of LCMC specifically provides "Congregation, in their sole discretion, may join together in districts and shall adopt governing documents, budgets and other procedures that will allow the districts to support the mission of the members of the association,"

3. That it would be in the best interests of the association to specify a minimum number of congregations in a district for the district to be recognized by the association as an LCMC district:

Now therefore be it resolved, that the minimum number of congregation in a district to qualify as an LCMC district shall be three congregations;

And be it further resolved that section 5.03 is hereby amended to provide as follows, "Congregations, in their sole discretion, may join together in districts composed of at least three LCMC congregations and shall adopt governing documents, budgets and other procedures that will allow the districts to support the mission of the members of the association."

And be it further resolved nothing in this resolution shall be construed in any way to limit the right of LCMC congregations to join or affiliate with organizations that, in the judgment of those congregations, further the mission and goals of the congregational members of this association.

Paul Braafladt spoke to the resolution:
It is our view that three congregations would be the best minimum number to form a district. Two congregations seem inadequate for the purpose. A minimum of four congregations could place an unnecessary burden upon joining together, especially where distance and travel are problematic in rural or spacious land areas. Non-geographic districts may have the same problem.

Both reasons above point to a minimum of three congregations which can still be defined as a group and that's what a district is, a group of three of more congregations that decide to work together for common Christian goals.

Merlyn Saathoff: What about congregations that are multiple congregations?

M/S/P    That the minimum number of congregation in a district to qualify as an LCMC district shall be three congregations; and that section 5.03 is hereby amended to provide as follows, "Congregations, in their sole discretion, may join together in districts composed of at least three LCMC congregations and shall adopt governing documents, budgets and other procedures that will allow the districts to support the mission of the member of the association." and nothing shall be construed in any way to limit the right of LCMC congregations to join or affiliate with organizations that, in the judgment of those congregations, further the mission and goals of the congregational members of this association.

Resolution: Open discussion with other Lutheran groups:

This resolution is submitted by the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) Board of Trustees and entered this 5th day of October 2009 at the LCMC National Gathering at Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, North Dakota.

Recitals
1. Section 1.01 of the constitution of LCMC affirms that LCMC is an association of congregations;

2. Section 6.01 of the constitution of LCMC states that "the national convention of congregational delegates shall be the legislative authority of LCMC;"

3. Opportunity exists for conversation between LCMC and other Lutheran reform and renewal organizations.

Now therefore let is be resolved, that the LCMC Board of Trustees be authorized to engage in conversation with other Lutheran reform and renewal organizations, including, but not limited to, The Canadian Association of Lutheran Congregations (CALC), The WordAlone Network and Lutheran CORE, for the purpose of identifying commonality in mission and ministry;

And be it further resolved that any proposed agreements resulting from conversations with said groups be brought to the 2010 Annual Gathering of the association for consideration.
  
Larry Lindstrom spoke to this:
Lutheranism in North America is undergoing dramatic shifts in power and structure, the results of which are impacting the Lutheran Church around the world. As the Lutheran body that is among the youngest and perhaps closest to our structure to the mind of the Reformers, it is our view that LCMC is in a unique and opportune time and place in which to converse with those organizations that share our heritage, goals, and values.

Given the congregational structure of LCMC, it is appropriate that the place to begin and end those conversations is here in the legally called gathering of our highest legislative body.

Larry acknowledged that we want to engage in conversation but that we could make no decisions without returning to this body.

Bruce Gamache’: 
We seem to be in a different place than CORE. This is not a new process. The Trustees are not asking to make decision only to speak.

James Lindgren:
Would this include pension and benefits discussion? Answer from Bill Sullivan: All suggested changes would come back to this body.

Kate Person:
Could this distract us from the Great Commission? Answer from Larry Lindstrom: This is a chance to ask; how can we work together and help each other?

Glen Peterson:
What is the Board’s intention in this matter? What does commonality in mission mean?

Gary Seefeldt:
Supports the resolution, the Trustees should be free to receive information and come back and report to us so that we can rejoice.

Mark Vander Tuig:
I would hate for us to blur the lines between a reform movement and LCMC. We are not a reform movement within any denomination.

Larry Lindstrom:
Spoke to the structure needed by people like CALC and how to help our Canadian friends meet their government demands.

Bill Sullivan:
We respect you too much to carry on these conversations without your permission.

Bruce Wilder:
Spoke in favor. Civil, Christ-centered, evangelical Christians should have conversation. This shows our transparency and is not dictated from some group on high.

Don McMillan:
Question of practicality: Should this be brought to a future Gathering?

A representative from the congregation in Medicine Hat: Caution about CALC

Tony Stoutenburg:
Caution to brothers and sisters in LCMC. Let's try to help those that are coming to us now. Remember that God is in charge, not us. Don't be afraid. These Board members are good people. I encourage you to go out and engage in conversation.

Steven Broers:
Question: Do we really need a resolution to do this?

Lee Nielsen:
I feel they do not need a resolution to talk to anyone.

Steve Dennis:
Can we say to our brothers and sisters that we understand what is going on? Speak in favor.

The resolution was amended to strike the phrase "the 2010"
  
M/S/P    That the LCMC Board of Trustees be authorized to engage in conversation with other Lutheran reform and renewal organizations for the purpose of identifying commonality in mission and ministry; and that any proposed agreements resulting from conversations with said groups be brought to Annual Gatherings of the association for consideration.

Resolution: A resolution was presented by Rev. Nathan Hanson, Romsdal Lutheran Church, Hudson, SD

Whereas: We are Lutherans who not only enjoy sharing the Living Bread that restores our souls, we enjoy the bounty of the earth that comes from the dedicated labor and stewardship of our farmers and ranchers, and

Whereas: October is a month of harvest and ingathering of everything staple to our economy,

Be it resolved: This assembly schedule to convene the Annual Gathering sometime after December and before May so as to welcome these folks who have long been disenfranchised from participation in these meetings.

Comment: We have had difficulty with other church bodies accommodating those that work the land.

Motion fails for lack of a second.

Election of Treasurer

Anderson opened the floor for nominations for treasure.

M/S/P    To nominate Kirk Dean for the position of Treasurer.

M/S/P    To close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Kirk Dean.

M/S/P    To recess at 3:37 pm

M/S/P    To adjourn the business session of the 2009 Annual Convention and Gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ. 

Respectfully submitted,
Susanne McKenzie
Secretary

NOTE :

Areas 1 and 7 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the Board of Trustees. Returning to service on the Board of Trustees is Rev. John Waak from Area 7. Newly elected to the Board is Rev. Bruce Wilder from Area 1
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2008 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 29 Sep 08 00:00:00 -0600 Minutes - Business Section - 8th Annual Gathering

The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 3:08 P.M. on Monday, September 29, 2008

Anderson was appointed to serve as temporary convention chair for the 2008 LCMC convention. Sue McKenzie was appointed to serve as temporary convention secretary.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson to serve as permanent convention chair for 2008

M/S/P To nominate Sue McKenzie to serve as permanent convention secretary for the 2008 convention.

There were no other nominations.

M/S/P To close nominations and elect Barry Anderson as convention chair and Sue McKenzie as recording secretary for the 2008 convention.

The chair moved to the proposed rules of the convention as presented in the convention binder.

M/S/P To adopt the Convention Rules 1 through 10 as proposed.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint a Credentials Committee for the convention.

The chair appointed Pastor Tony Stoutenburg , with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Director of Operations/ Financial Secretary), to the credentials committee.

MacFadyen reported that there are 83 congregations represented, with a total of 278 people registered, 156 of these are delegates.

M/S/P To accept the report of the Credentials Committee.

The chair moved to the minutes of the previous convention. With no corrections or revisions, the chair entertained a motion to accept the minutes as presented.

M/S/P To approve the minutes of the 2007 LCMC convention as presented.

Mr. Kirk Dean presented the Treasurer's report.

Kirk Dean reported on the annual audit. One issue to report: $27,000 accounts receivable. Dean explained that amounts received after December 31 cannot be counted for that calendar year. We are a microcosm of today's economy63% of cong have supported LCMC regularlyMany expenses have gone up. We continue to try to be as efficient as possible. Changes to the computer system and the website have been major expenses. Travel and insurance for the districts are also increased expenses.

(Dean called Sharon MacFadyen up to speak to the pension fund.)

MacFayden reported that the IRS has changed some of the regulations in regards to pensions. This is primarily an accounting change. We are going to automate the reporting. All accounts will be automatically withdrawn from the congregation’s checking account. Congregations will need to work with Sharon to get this set up. This should make distributions faster and easier.

M/S/P To accept the treasurer’s report

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2009 as presented under Tab 7, as recommended by the board of trustees.

The chair opened the floor to old business. There was no old business.

The chair opened the floor to new business.

Resolution on church planting made by Eric Hulstrand

WHEREAS,

1) Matthew 28 gives us the Great Commission where we are to go and make disciples of all people; the church's primary responsibility is to evangelize those who do not know Jesus Christ, and

WHEREAS,

2) in today's world it has been shown in numerous studies that the most effective way to turn non-attenders into attenders is through planting new churches, and

WHEREAS,

3) since Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ is committed to being a flat church hierarchically, does this negate all possibility of joint ministry the association could do together?;therefore be it

RESOLVED,

1) that the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ engage in a comprehensive, prayerful study on the best method(s) to effectively plant churches in the United States and in other parts of the world; and therefore, be it

RESOLVED,

2) that this Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ gathering pass a motion for the governing board to appoint a task force to study the question of what is the most effective method(s) for this Association to use in planting churches to reach the lost in Jesus' name using the collective power of our Association; and therefore, be it

RESOLVED,

3) that this task force report back to the 2009 National gathering its findings and recommendations, where possible further action may then be taken.

Several people spoke to the question:

Paul Spaulding asked, how can we as an organization be true to our organizational style? Spoke in favor

Perry Toso spoke in favor of the resolution. He stated that we need something more structured.

Bill Cox asked a question: Can the idea of a church plant loan program be included in the task force charge?

Ron Winslow reported that Thrivent will match funds.

Bobby Leggett asked that we keep to the details.

M/S/P For the governing board to appoint a task force to study the question of what is the most effective method(s) for this Association to use in planting churches to reach the lost in Jesus' name using the collective power of our Association; and that this task force report back to the 2009 National gathering its findings and recommendations, where possible further action may then be taken

M/S/P To recess. 3:40pm

M/S/P To adjourn the business session of the 2008 annual convention and gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Respectfully submitted,
Susanne McKenzie
Secretary

NOTE #1: Areas 2, 3, 4 and 7 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the board of trustees. Areas 4 & 2 held uncontested elections; returning to service on the board of trustee is Mrs. Sue McKenzie and electing Rev. Rebecca Lee. Newly elected to serve from the other Areas are Mrs. Ann Gran and Rev. John Waak

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2007 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 08 Oct 07 00:00:00 -0600 Minutes - Business Section - 7th Annual Gathering

The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 2:45 P.M on Monday, October 8.

Anderson was appointed to serve as temporary convention chair for the 2007 LCMC convention. Deb Lingen was appointed to serve as temporary convention secretary.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson to serve as permanent convention chair for 2007

M/S/P To nominate Deb Lingen to serve as permanent convention secretary for the 2007 convention.

There were no other nominations.

M/S/P To close nominations and elect Barry Anderson as convention chair and Deb Lingen as recording secretary for the 2007 convention.

The chair moved to the proposed rules of the convention as presented in the convention binder.

M/S/P To adopt the Convention Rules 1 through 10 as proposed.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint a Credentials Committee for the convention.

The chair appointed Rev. David Herwick (Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Burien, WA) and Rev. Tony Stoutenburg of (Grace Lutheran Church, Hayward, WI), with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Director of Operations/ Financial Secretary), to the credentials committee.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint a convention committee for the purposes of the convention, planning and operational committees.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint tellers, sergeants at arms, and parliamentarians. Anderson announced the report of the Credentials Committee, with registrations from 168 delegates, 104 members, and 48 visitors, representing 89 congregations.

M/S/P To accept the report of the Credentials Committee.

The chair appointed Dr. Mark Hilmer as Parliamentarian for the convention. The chair moved to the minutes of the previous convention. With no corrections or revisions, the chair entertained a motion to accept the minutes as presented.

M/S/P To approve the minutes of the 2006 LCMC convention as presented.

Mr. Kirk Dean presented the Treasurer's report. On behalf of the association he thanked LCMC staff members Bill Sullivan and Sharon MacFadyen for the excellent work they do. Dean noted that the association was founded as a very flat organization and maintains that structure. Our strength is in our congregations. The staff is responsible for operation and administration (communications, accounting, administering the pension plan, insurance, etc.); supporting the message and growth of our membership; and working with the trustees and volunteers on the annual gathering, the leadership conference, and the youth gathering.

In addition to the general benevolence fund, LCMC has two designated "pass through" funds, for Seminary Debt Relief and Mission Support.

Dean directed the attention of the body to the audit report for 2006 (Tab 5 - convention binder) and noted that the association received an unqualified opinion, with no recommendations for operational or numerical changes. He pointed out that the balance sheet shows assets totaling $47,763 in cash contributions and that Dec. 31 is when cash balances are usually at the highest level due to year end giving by LCMC congregations.

Dean reported that St. Michael Lutheran Church of Canton, MI continues to provide office space at no charge to LCMC and expressed gratitude on behalf of the association.

He then discussed the definition of the funds as shown in the report, mentioning the unrestricted, temporarily restricted (e.g. convention registrations) and restricted (the LCMC Seminary Debt Relief Fund, the LCMC Mission Support Fund, and monies sent to the LCMC - Lutheran Men organization for the support of mission, which the LCMC staff administers on behalf of LCMC-LM) and stated that "pass through" monies for those funds totaled $20,254.

Dean also noted that there were some significant legal expenses relating to the investigation of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District which also will be reflected on the next audit, but expressed hope that those issues will be resolved.

Turning to 2008, the treasurer noted that this is more a spending plan based on actual receipts than a budget. The '08 spending plan projects an increase of 7% on expenses and 5% on donations. Dean reminded the attendees that financial information is usually made available in the LCMC quarterly newsletter.

In discussing YTD cash flow, Dean noted that August is when cash balances are normally at the lowest point. This year the association got a major boost with a Thrivent grant of $25,000 which is being utilized to offset expenses for the convention and the youth gathering.

Turning to the expense side, Dean reported an increase in meeting, travel, and legal expenses generated by the Committee of Investigation regarding concerns with the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District. Legal expenses increased $18,000.

He noted that the trustees only spend funds as we have them and do not commit future revenues or contributions. He then thanked those who support LCMC financially. Of the 143 U.S. congregations, 81 (57%) are currently giving to the association. He urged those not yet supporting LCMC to prayerfully consider giving. Dean stated that donations do continue to increase, as to date we are currently at 73% of the 2006 total. YTD we are $17,000 (8%) higher than in 2006, with some congregations up in giving, while more are down in giving.

Turning to a different topic, the treasurer noted that we are trying to be progressive and innovative. Technology expenses will continue, but will hopefully offset some travel and meeting expense. The DVD telling the LCMC story should be done and available very soon. Dean also reported that the use of phone and computer technology has made LCMC's transition to operating with remote offices, necessary due to Sharon MacFadyen's relocation to Houston, fairly seamless. Finally, he requested that members consider signing up for electronic delivery of the LCMC newsletter to help reduce the expense of production and mailing.

Dean then asked for questions or comments from the floor. It was suggested that the SDRF be referred to as Seminarian Debt Relief Fund rather than Seminary Debt Relief, so as to minimize confusion and perhaps increase contributions. It was also pointed out that a typo in the proposed 2008 budget (Tab 5 – convention binder) be corrected to reflect the Net Income figure as $12,225 rather than $15,775 (the 2007 amount.)

M/S/P To accept the treasurer’s report as corrected.

Rev. Michael Bonham rose to a point of information regarding the duplicate listing of the LCMC congregations in Nicaragua in both Areas 1 & 7 for the purpose of electing trustees. The chair noted the error has no impact because neither Area is electing a trustee this year, and further stated that the apportionment will be corrected for 2008.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2007 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the board of trustees.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2008 as presented under Tab 7 and as recommended by the board of trustees, with the correction to appropriately list the Nicaraguan churches, and subject to recommendations of the board for congregations added after this date.

The chair opened the floor to old business. There was no old business.

The chair opened the floor to new business.

Rev. Tony Stoutenburg, Grace Lutheran Church, Hayward, WI suggested that members of the association consider forming a team of LCMC Mission Builders, who would provide volunteer labor for church construction. He noted that his congregation could use assistance and suggested other LCMC churches could also benefit. Rev. Stoutenburg invited interested parties to contact him.

M/S/P To adjourn the business session of the 2007 annual convention and gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen
Secretary

NOTE #1: Areas 3, 4, 5, and 6 met in caucus to nominate candidates for seats on the board of trustees. Areas 4 & 5 held uncontested elections; returning to service on the board of trustees are Mrs. Sue McKenzie and Rev. Larry Lindstrom. Newly elected to serve from the other Areas are Rev. Christian Magnell and Rev. Kent Groethe.

NOTE #2: During the Business Meeting of the 2006 Annual Gathering, the body passed a resolution titled “Motion for an Investigation and Discipline Process of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ for the Sake of the Peace and Unity of LCMC.” This resolution contained the following requirement: “The Board will then report to the 2007 National Gathering and all LCMC Congregations on its decision and rationale.” Rev. Dale Wolf, chairman of the Board of Trustees, included that report as part of the State of the Association address; it is included as an addendum to these minutes.

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2006 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Mon, 02 Oct 06 00:00:00 -0600

Minutes - Business Section - 6th Annual Gathering

The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 11:55 A.M on Monday, October 2.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson as temporary convention chair for 2005.

M/S/P To close nominations and elect Barry Anderson temporary convention chair for 2006.

M/S/P To nominate Deb Lingen to serve as temporary secretary for the 2006 convention.

M/S/P To close nominations and elect Deb Lingen as temporary recording secretary for the 2006 convention.

The chair moved to the proposed rules of the convention. The proposed rules were essentially the same as those used in the past, with two modifications: the addition of paragraph 9, relating to the need for an election to fill the position of treasurer; and with respect to the rules of debate, the chair recommended adding language as guidance that provides that speakers are encouraged to yield to those who have not yet spoken to a particular agenda item.

M/P By unanimous consent to adopt Convention Rules 1 through 9 as amended.

Mr. Bill Duff (Church of the Risen Lord, Odessa, TX) proposed the following amendment to the rules:

M/S/ This convention shall add Convention Rule 12: This convention shall require a 60-day notice for amendment of any governing document (Consitution, By-laws, Continuing Resolution.) Said documents shall be in final form.

Discussion of the amendment ensued.

M/S/ To limit the debate and move to a vote on the proposed amendment to the rules (Proposed Rule 12.)

Before calling for the vote, the chair asked for a report of the credentials committee.

M/S/P To grant permission to the chair to appoint the credentials committee for the 2006 convention.

The chair appointed Rev. David Herwick (Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Burien, WA) and Rev. Tony Stoutenburg of (Grace Lutheran Church, Hayward, WI), with the assistance of Mrs. Sharon MacFadyen (LCMC Director of Operations/ Financial Secretary), to the credentials committee.

Stoutenburg reported registrations from 140 delegates, 98 members, and 29 visitors, representing 72 congregations (69 of the 138 U.S. members and 3 international members.)

M/S/P To accept the credentials committee report.

The motion to limit debate on the addition of proposed Rule 12 carried.

The motion to amend the convention rules by adding proposed Rule 12 failed.

A point of clarification was raised regarding whether trustees have voting privileges according to LCMC's governing documents. The chair indicated they do have such privilege and requested further clarification whether that had been reflected in the credentials report.

M/S/P To accept Convention Rules 10 and 11, including the proposed additional language encouraging speakers to yield to those who have not yet spoken to the particular agenda item.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint a Parliamentarian.

The chair appointed Henry M. (Hank) Bohnhoff, Esquire, as Parliamentarian for the convention.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint tellers if necessary.

M/S/P/ To accept the Minutes of the 2005 Convention with the correction of the typographical error in the heading so that it reflects "2005" rather than "2004," and with the insertion of the phrase reflecting that Rev. Tony Stoutenburg "read a letter from Rev. Michael Bonham" updating the convention on the needs for hurricane relief."

Mr. Kirk Dean presented the Treasurer's report. He extended thanks to Sharon MacFadyen, Financial Secretary and Director of Operations, for her work on behalf of LCMC. He also thanked those congregations who support LCMC with their benevolence. Referring to the report in the convention packet, Dean stated that the annual audit report was "clean" with no recommendations for change. The association has approximately $40,000 in assets; a figure that can fluctuate significantly since it primarily reflects cash assets and is impacted by programs the organization is involved in as well as the flow of contributions. Expenditures are primarily telling the story of what LCMC is doing in mission. Dean drew attention to the designated funds for Seminarian Debt Relief and Mission Congregations, also key parts of the asset picture. He corrected a typo on the 2007 Budget Summary (page 9: the right-hand column should reflect "2007") and noted that it is a fairly conservative budget. Donations over the past year are up approximately 13% but we continue to operate frugally. Dean noted that members can refer to the LCMC newsletter for updates. Dean reminded the body that summer has presented a cash flow challenge in the past, but with controlled spending and a conservative approach he is optimistic we will have a positive cash flow this year. If so, LCMC will have the ability to fund additional projects, such as the informational DVD. Dean again thanked the 75 of the 138 U.S. congregations (54%) currently supporting LCMC, and asked the other 63 churches to prayerfully consider supporting the association.

M/S/P To approve the treasurer's report as presented.

The body recessed.

The chair called delegates back into the business session and opened nominations for the office of treasurer. Ms. Sandy Sutter, Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, nominated Mr. Kirk Dean for the office of treasurer.

M/S/P To close nominations and to elect Kirk Dean treasurer of the association.

M//P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2006 as presented under Tab 7 of the convention packet, as recommended by the board of trustees.

M/P To approve the apportionment of areas for election of trustees for October 2007 as presented by under Tab 7, as recommended by the board of trustees, subject to recommendations of the board for congregations added after this date.

The body closed with prayer and recessed; Area 1 and Area 7 met in caucus to nominate candidates for those two available seats on the board of trustees.

Tuesday, October 3rd

The body went back into business session at 10:40 A.M. Rev. Tony Stoutenburg provided a Credentials Committee report updated to include the trustees as voting members, as well as one additional registration, for a total of 149 voting members.

Convention chair Barry Anderson placed before the body suggested by-law changes as provided in the convention packet behind Tab 6, the language under consideration underlined. He noted one editorial correction, indicating the existing by-law 5.06 shall be renumbered to 5.07, and that the board of trustees unanimously recommended the proposed by-law changes affecting sections 5.03, 5.04, 5.05, 5.06, as well as the previously mentioned correction renumbering existing 5.06 to 5.07. The changes, with rationale, moved by the board were as follows:

SUGGESTED BY-LAW CHANGES

At present, the by-laws of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), and continuing resolutions of this association, provide relatively little guidance with respect to the relationship between districts and congregations. A request has been made that this association consider greater specificity in this area of association governance.

The board of trustees recommends that section 5.03 of the LCMC By-laws be amended as set out below. The board of trustees also recommends that new paragraph 5.04 be added to the by-laws and existing paragraphs 5.04 and 5.05 be renumbered 5.05 and 5.06, respectively.

The suggested language in new paragraph 5.04 is intended to provide a procedure for terminating the relationship between a district and LCMC. The proposed language reserves this right to the national convention of the association. There is a strong argument that the procedure for removing a district should parallel the procedure found in section 1.05 of the LCMC by-laws. That procedure essentially gives the right of removal of a member congregation to the board of trustees subject to a confirmation requirement by the national convention. After reflection, recognizing that removing a district likely affects multiple member congregations of this association, as opposed to a single congregation under the provisions of section 1.05 of the By-laws, the Board of Trustees concluded that this authority more properly belonged to the national convention. That said, the possibility of the need for emergency action still exists, and proposed paragraph 5.04 sets out a provision for emergency action.

For purposes of context, this report also includes bylaw provisions 5.04 and 5.05, although the board of trustees is not recommending any changes, other than renumbering, to either of those provisions:

5.03 Congregations, in their sole discretion, may join together in districts and shall adopt governing documents, budgets and other procedures that will allow districts to support the mission of the members of this association. Districts need not be organized along traditional geographic boundaries and may be united by, and organized for the support of, member congregations of this association using such criteria as district member congregations may choose from time to time to adopt. All such district organizations shall be self-supporting and shall be subject to supervision and direction by district member congregations. Districts seeking to affiliate with this association shall acknowledge in writing, in a form approved by the board of trustees for this purpose, the decision to so affiliate and shall also acknowledge consent to be governed by the constitution, by-laws and continuing resolutions of this association.

5.04 This association, by action of the national convention of LCMC, may terminate, for cause, the affiliation between an LCMC district and LCMC by a two-thirds vote of those convention delegates present and voting at an LCMC national convention. A motion to terminate the affiliation of a district with LCMC may be brought by the board of trustees or by any member congregation, provided, however, that the district affected shall be given sixty (60) days written notice of intent to make such a motion. The written notice shall state with specificity the grounds for terminating the affiliation of the district to LCMC. Termination of a district/LCMC affiliation shall not in any way affect the status of member congregations of this association. In the event of emergency circumstances, the board of trustees, after notice to the affected district and upon a three quarters (3/4) vote of the board of trustees, may suspend the affiliation of a district to LCMC, pending final action at the next annual convention of LCMC.

5.05 Districts shall have such powers to promote and accomplish the objectives of this association that are specifically granted to those districts by member congregations and not otherwise prohibited by these by-laws or the constitution of this association.

5.06 Unless otherwise prohibited by these by-laws or the constitution of this association, congregations shall be free to organize in a manner deemed most effective by those congregations in support of the purpose and objectives of this association.

5.07. There shall be no specific quotas for service on association boards, commissions, task forces, committees or the board of trustees.

The convention chair called on the board chairman, Rev. Dale Wolf, to comment on the proposed bylaw changes on behalf of the trustees. Wolf noted that over the past year the board has engaged in considerable conversation about the relationships between the various entities of LCMC. The trustees have been asked to deal with differences of opinion and conflicts within the association, but LCMC's governing documents contain very little language addressing those relationships. Therefore, the trustees believe it would be helpful to clarify and detail what it means to be a district of LCMC. To that end they have proposed establishing minimal expectations for accountability, including knowing who districts are, who their leadership is, who their member congregations are, and what pastors are serving those congregations. This information would be helpful both within our association and if there is some question of liability. The trustees are also recommending language detailing how disputes with districts are to be handled.

Requiring no second, the chair opened the floor for discussion.

Rev. Michael Mueller, Church of the Risen Lord, Odessa, TX requested clarification on what information the form would be collecting, whether existing districts would need to reapply, and why the clergy list couldn't be the responsibility of congregations rather than districts. The chair responded that the information to be collected is set forth in the proposed continuing resolution to be taken up after the proposed bylaw change. With respect to the question regarding reapplication, the chair observed that the language doesn't speak in terms of reapplication but rather says that "Districts seeking to affiliate with this association shall acknowledge in writing, in a form approved by the board of trustees for this purpose, the decision to so affiliate and shall also acknowledge consent to be governed by the constitution, by-laws and continuing resolutions of this association." There is nothing in the language that speaks of application, but rather simply acknowledgment in writing, and though not specifically stated, the chair interprets the language to mean that all districts would be expected to do that should the proposed changes pass and become effective in a year.

Rev. Bruce Gamache', St Peter's of Walmore, Sanborn, NY, asked for a point of clarification on whether the proposed language for district accountability paralleled the language and expectations of accountability for congregations and pastors. The chair affirmed that the language of 5.03 does appear elsewhere in the bylaws as relating to congregations.

Mr. Bill Duff, Church of the Risen Lord, Odessa, TX and the Augsburg Lutheran Churches, stated they have experienced "spamming" and inquired about the acceptability of a friendly amendment to the effect that district information would be provided to the board of trustees but such information would not be for publication. The chairman suggested that an amendment dealing with the provision of data would most appropriately be made to the proposed continuing resolution because it addresses the obligations of the districts.

Mr. Duff claimed a point of order stating that Augsburg Lutheran Churches has member congregations that are presently not members of the LCMC, belonging to other organizations and with clergy rostered elsewhere. He claimed a second point of order, stating that congregations have voice and vote, but districts have neither voice nor vote in these proceedings. He questioned how districts could submit to control without voice and vote, due process, rights of appeal, and representation.

Rev. Kent Wallace, Our Savior's Lutheran, Callender, IA, spoke to the matter Mr. Duff raised regarding the Augsburg district and its acceptance of members who do not also simultaneously and by inclusion automatically become members of LCMC. Wallace, a former Augsburg member, said the issue was raised a year ago and continues to be an issue: are districts separate entities that can entertain membership from congregations that do not also join LCMC? If so, he expressed the opinion that they are then not a district but a church in and of themselves. The chair expressed the opinion that there is presently no requirement in the bylaws that a district include on its roster only congregations who desire to join LCMC; and further that whether that should or should not be a requirement exceeds the scope of the bylaw under discussion.

Rev. Tony Stoutenburg, Grace Lutheran, Hayward, WI, stated his belief that membership in a district needs to be a matter of public record and public knowledge because, as we are currently structured, districts are charged with certifying and colloquying pastors on the LCMC clergy list. He questioned if there are individuals who are not willing to join LCMC why they are bothering to be part of a colloquy process telling us who our pastors can be. He also noted that there are mechanisms that can be put in place to prevent "spamming."

Mr. John Chatelain, member from Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, NE, spoke to his vision of freedom within LCMC. He expressed concern the proposed changes appear to have a blueprint for creating a hierarchy. The design paradigm for LCMC was for congregations to relate directly to and from the national assembly, choosing to join districts if they wanted to. He is concerned that LCMC may be moving to a linear hierarchy and that at some point in the future congregations might be shut out from discussions at the national assembly by people of ill will. He further stated he would not categorically reject the proposal but would urge caution so congregations always be a part of the process.

Rev. Mark VanderTuig, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA, spoke in favor of the proposal, drawing the distinction between authority and power. He doesn't see the proposal as a power play, but rather as a willingness to submit to a greater authority, recognizing that we are all called to do that in various areas of our lives. VanderTuig recognizes that he and LCC are members of an association that spans the globe, and that they joined because they wanted to be accountable to other LCMC members. As a long-time member of the LCMC Ministry Board he is excited about what we are doing in LCMC, but also sees some of the difficulties in managing the process and sees a real need for accountability among the districts.

Rev. Jeff Nellermoe of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Salt Lake City, Utah, spoke in favor of the proposed amendments and with gratitude to God for the fine conversation that is being conducted in a spirit of love. He favors having something at the end of the day that is descriptive, proscriptive and serves as a standard from which we can measure.

Chaplain John Rasmussen, Augsburg Lutheran Churches, related that leaders of Augsburg had met the previous evening with some members of the board of trustees in an effort to resolve tensions. It was his opinion that the members of the LCMC board of trustees are of the highest quality and character and referred to Matthew 18 as Christ's template.

Mr. Bill Duff claimed a point of information concerning the charter of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches under the laws of the state of Minnesota and his understanding of governance and how it relates to the relationship between Augsburg and LCMC. The chair responded that, without giving legal advice, his understanding of the bylaw as drafted deals with the affiliation between LCMC and districts not in the sense of controlling what districts do. He further referred Mr. Duff to paragraph 1 of the proposed continuing resolution.

Rev. Nathan Hanson, Romsdal Lutheran Church, Hudson, SD, moved the question.

M/S/P The question was called to limit debate on the proposed bylaw amendment.

The chair called for a standing vote. The motion to limit debate passed with the required support of 2/3 of those authorized to vote.

The chair then moved to the question on the proposed Bylaw Amendments, 5.03 and 5.04, and the subsequent renumbering of Bylaws 5.05, 5.06, and 5.07. He reminded the body the changes will become effective at the next annual convention unless a majority of LCMC member churches reject them. The amendments passed as recommended with an overwhelming majority evidenced by a standing vote.

The chair moved the proposed Continuing Resolution, as presented in the convention packet:

Continuing Resolution

This continuing resolution is made and entered into by the national convention of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

RECITALS:

  • 1. LCMC is a national association of Lutheran congregations the affairs of which are governed by the constitution, by-laws and continuing resolutions of this association;
  • 2. The by-laws of this association specifically permit, and encourage, congregations to "join together in districts" for the purpose of promoting and accomplishing "the objectives of this association," as provided in sections 5.03 and 5.04 of these by-laws;
  • 3. The national convention of LCMC is the "legislative authority of LCMC," as provided in section 6.01 of the by-laws of this association, and in that capacity adopts this resolution to provide a legislative framework for the relationship between districts and LCMC.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

  • 1. Statement of purpose and limitation. The national convention of LCMC acknowledges that under the by-laws and constitution of this association, member congregations are free to join other associations, districts and organizations that will support the Great Commission and that will otherwise fulfill the goals of this association, and nothing in this resolution is intended to restrict the ability of congregations, in the sole discretion of congregations, to join organizations which fulfill these criteria. Nothing in this resolution is intended to restrict the ability of the Board of Trustees to properly manage the affairs of the association, as provided by the Constitution and By-Laws of the Association.
  • 2. Written consent. Districts which desire to affiliate with this association shall do so in writing, in a form to be approved by the board of trustees, and shall agree to be bound by the constitution, by-laws and continuing resolutions of this association.
  • 3. Obligations of the Board of Trustees. The board of trustees of LCMC shall keep districts informed of developments that may affect districts including but not limited to the prompt posting to the LCMC website in any changes in membership or to the various pastoral lists maintained by this association. The board of trustees shall provide to district leadership, as designated by the affiliated district, copies of communications to member congregations of the association.
  • 4. Obligations of LCMC districts. LCMC districts shall cooperate with each other, as well as with the Board of Trustees and employees of this association, in fulfilling the goals and objectives of this association. LCMC districts shall provide to the LCMC Board of Trustees or its designee, and shall keep current, lists of member congregations and pastors serving those congregations. Ministry committees of LCMC districts are expected to fully, completely and thoroughly cooperate with each other, and with the national ministry board, in the exchange of information and in any candidacy or colloquy process with respect to pastors seeking a call to any member congregation of this association. Cooperation with respect to ministry matters includes but is not limited to notification to all other LCMC districts of pastors who seek approval of, or certification from, a district ministry committee. This requirement for cooperation and exchange of information is subject to reasonable confidentiality requirements unique to the call process and subject to other requirements as may be imposed by law.

Mr. Bill Duff, Church of the Risen Lord, Odessa, TX, moved to limit debate on the proposed Continuing Resolution. The motion was seconded and carried.

The proposed motion entitled "Continuing Resolution" was passed as presented.

The chair asked for any other matters to come before the body. Rev. Kent Wallace rose to make a motion.

A point of order was raised by Rev. Michael Mueller. He posited that because the Augsburg Lutheran Churches is a separately incorporated body with its own disciplinary process and due process, and suggested it is therefore the appropriate body to investigate and act on the impending disciplinary matters to be raised by the impending motion. He also recognized that the national body subsequently could review any Augsburg action.

The chair ruled that the national convention of congregational delegates is the legislative authority for the LCMC, and the powers of the national convention are limited only by the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws of this Association, and the national convention's own resolutions, and therefore the assumed topic of discussion is appropriate for conversation by the national body. The chair further stated he had not reviewed the resolution; while that left open the possibility its contents could make it subject to challenge, Anderson ruled the discussion would continue.

Rev. Kent Wallace, Our Savior's Lutheran, Callender, IA, rose to offer a motion on behalf of the group of people standing with him who represented ten congregations experiencing problems within the Augsburg district. The group believes the resolution to be their last resort, having followed Matthew 18 to the letter:

Motion for an Investigation and Discipline Process of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ for the Sake of the Peace and Unity of LCMC

WHEREAS, yesterday, John Ortberg addressed this convention and stated that unresolved conflict is a violation of the Body of Christ, and

WHEREAS, Augsburg Lutheran Churches (f.k.a. Augsburg Lutheran District, hereinafter ALC) has had a substantial part of its membership - congregations, individuals and pastors - resign from the ALC; and

WHEREAS at least some of the individuals and congregations that left ALC did so amid allegations of misfeasance and malfeasance by the district and its leadership, (which includes but is not limited to the executive chair and committee,) and

WHEREAS some who have departed ALC in the last year have reason to believe that misfeasance and malfeasance continues within the district and in its contacts with potential members, and

WHEREAS unresolved conflict and/or malfeasance by any district or its leadership places LCMC in possible violation of its own governing documents, vision and mission statement, and

WHEREAS it would be inappropriate to attempt to conduct the necessary full and fair investigation on the floor of this assembly, and,

WHEREAS multiple attempts to exercise the first two steps of Matthew 18 (verses 15-17) have been exhausted and rebuffed, and the third step of Matthew 18, to bring the matter before the whole church, is now necessary, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED:

  • 1. That the LCMC Board of Trustees is instructed to establish a Committee of Investigation to receive and review allegations against ALC and its leadership. The Board shall make such provisions as they deem necessary to safeguard the fairness and impartiality of this Committee and to protect it from intimidation.
  • 2. The Committee of Investigation (hereinafter the Committee) shall, for a period of 60 days, beginning on November 1, 2006, receive written testimony expressing concerns and grievances regarding ALC and it's leadership. No extension of time shall be granted for testimony.
  • 3. The Committee shall, no later than February 1, 2007, prepare and submit in writing to ALC and its Executive Chair, a letter stipulating the concerns and grievances received. This letter shall be sent by registered US mail, with return receipt.
  • 4. Upon receipt of this letter, ALC and its leadership shall have 60 days to offer written rebuttal to all concerns and grievances expressed therein. No extension of time shall be granted for rebuttal.
  • 5. Should the Executive Chair of ALC refuse to take receipt of the registered US mail addressed from the Committee, or make themselves unavailable to receive the letter, the Committee shall notify the Board, and a plea of no contest will be entered into the records of LCMC. If ALC or its leadership fail to rebut the concerns and grievances within 60 days of receiving the letter, the Committee shall notify the Board, and a plea of no contest will be entered into the LCMC records. No extension of time shall be granted.
  • 6. Upon receipt of the rebuttal, the Committee will review the charges and the rebuttal. They will make a complete report and recommendation to the Board of Trustee's within 30 days of receiving the rebuttal. Recommendations can include, but are not limited to removal of the district from LCMC, removal of individuals from LCMC and/or its clergy list, or no action.
  • 7. Upon receipt of the report, the Board of Trustees will have a period of 30 days to review the report and act on the recommendations of the Committee. The Board is not limited to the recommendations of the Committee.
  • 8. Should the Board of Trustee's find that any of the concerns and grievances are warranted and supported by the testimony presented, or if a plea of no contest is entered on the behalf the ALC, the Board will have the authority to remove ALC and its leaders from LCMC. The Board will then report to the 2007 National Gathering and all LCMC Congregations on its decision and rationale.
  • 9. Removal of ALC and it's leadership shall not affect individual LCMC congregations or their pastors or members who are not in ALC leadership positions.
  • 10. Should the Board of Trustee's find that ALC or its leaders has not acted in any manner alleged in the concerns and grievances, a written letter of apology will be sent to ALC through it's leadership with a copy to all congregational presidents and pastors of LCMC, so that the peace and unity for the good and mission of LCMC may continue.

The motion was seconded. Copies were distributed to the body.

Mr. Bill Duff, Church of the Risen Lord, Odessa, TX, rose to claim a point of order. He offered a substitute motion:

The LCMC Discipline Referral:

Whereas, rumors of misconduct within the governance of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches and its Clergy Roster have been circulating for over a year, and

These rumors if true, cast doubt upon the public character of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches and the Chair of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches, and

These rumors if false, cast doubt upon the public character of (NOTE: the speaker departed from the remainder of the written motion which was submitted as follows, and requested a list of names of those standing who wished to engage in this process):

_______________________, _______________________, _______________________, _______________________, _______________________, _______________________, _______________________, _______________________, and

The Augsburg Lutheran Churches (ALC) has jurisdiction, is the proper venue and has an established discipline system incorporating rights of due process and appeal

Now therefore, The LCMC hereby refers this matter to the ALC, and

The ALC shall investigate the validity of these charges, and prepare a report of their factual findings regarding the validity of these charges, and determine if these findings constitute a violation of the behavior code expected of clergy, and make a determination of the guilty party(ies), and assess appropriate penalties for the guilty party(ies), and

The ALC shall subsequently report back the results of this investigation to the LCMC Board of Trustees, and LCMC Ministry Board, and

The LCMC shall not have jurisdiction to hear appeals regarding the factual findings, but shall have jurisdiction to hear appeals related to due process rights and the appropriateness of the penalties assessed, and

The ALC, LCMC Board of Trustees and LCMC Ministry Board will report the findings to the LCMC General Convention.

In response to a point of order by Rev. Michael Mueller the chair requested that the authors of the original motion identify themselves. Rev. Kent S. "Tony" Stoutenburg (Grace Lutheran Church, Hayward, WI) responded and identified the authors as Rev. Kent Wallace (Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Callender, IA), Rev. Warren Baker (Redeemer Lutheran Church, Estherville, IA), Rev. Doug Vaughn (Resurrection Lutheran Church, Springfield, OR), Rev. Keith Menter (Elk Horn Lutheran Church, Elk Horn, IA) and Rev. Tony Stoutenburg.

The substitute motion was seconded. Because the substitute motion was not read in its entirety the chair clarified to the body the subject before it, and opened discussion on the substitute motion.

Rev. Stoutenburg rose to speak against the substitute motion, noting it is extraordinarily difficult to investigate and judge ourselves, and in favor of an outside, independent body. He noted that this does not preclude Augsburg conducting an internal investigation.

Rev. Bruce Gamache' (St. Peter's of Walmore, Sanborn, NY) rose for a point of information, asking for clarification on whether the body was going to be informed on what had occurred that might require discipline, or whether the referral decision had to be made without knowledge of the specifics. The chair indicated his understanding that the intent of both the original motion and substitute motion was to deal with the investigative process by removing the actual process from the convention and assigning it to the body it deems appropriate for handling the issues in an orderly process. Rev. Gamache asked further clarification that the original proposal is asking the body to give the board of trustees permission to take action that would in future be allowed under the Bylaws as just amended by the body. The chair affirmed that analysis, and, because the issues raised predate the acceptance of the Bylaw amendments, the chair also affirmed his ruling of the appropriateness of the discussion. Rev. Gamache then asked for clarification that the original resolution gives the board authority to act without waiting another year until the next convention. The chair affirmed that analysis.

Mr. John Chatelain spoke in support of the substitute resolution. It was his position that the matters were squarely within the governance of Augsburg and should be first investigated by ALC. He stated that ALC had already conducted an investigation, and asked to defer some of his speaking time so that Rev. Michael Mueller could describe that process and ALC's proposal.

The chair accepted the suggestion that Rev. Mueller present said information, but ruled against time deferral, calling on the next speaker in line to address the body first.

Rev. Keith Menter spoke against the substitute motion, on the basis of desiring an impartial committee that would hear both sides, balance the information, and then make a recommendation to the trustees. He contended that passing the substitute motion places Augsburg "in the driver's seat" in the investigatory process.

The chair then called on Rev. Michael Mueller to describe the process enacted by the Augsburg Lutheran Churches district on this matter. Rev. Mueller stated that this summer ALC enacted a disciplinary process for members, congregations, clergy, and ALC officers. Written allegations with sufficient evidence trigger an appointment of a lead investigator by the Augsburg district pastor. The investigator seeks information from the parties involved as well as any others they deem necessary. If the prosecutor finds sufficient cause for an adjudicatory process a jury of peers is called and an adversarial process ensues to determine the facts. If the allegations are sustained there is either an appeals process, with an appeals committee, or if there is no appeal it goes to the board to determine appropriate punishment. (In this case, with the ALC board a party to the action, then a separate committee is put together.) Rev. Mueller stated that in his point of order he was also indicating that since these allegations would also involve LCMC membership for those ALC officers, then the information would then be turned over to the LCMC board for further processing.

Rev. Perry Toso (Church of the Good Shepherd, Florence, AL) noted that he and his congregation are former members of Augsburg now "orphaned" along with ten others. He argued that the original motion deals with affiliation with the LCMC-it is not a private matter of the ALC and it deals with the relationship of the ALC to the LCMC. Thus, it would be extremely improper for it to be characterized as a private matter to be handled only by the ALC. He stated that those who proposed the original motion are seeking voice at the assembly who have not had voice at this assembly nor prior to it, and that the ten had such a wide and deep range of grievances that it needs to be properly judged by the appropriate body within LCMC.

Rev. Michael Bonham (Peace Lutheran Church, Gulf Shores, AL) spoke in opposition to the substitute motion. He noted that while Peace is not necessarily a signatory to the original motion, the church also left the ALC. In doing so they focused on process. When the dispute arose at the Florence, Alabama ALC assembly those seeking voice were not heard. Pr. Bonham further stated that there are complaints and issues to be dealt with and this has become their only recourse. He referred to the ALC disciplinary process as relatively new, and noted that Peace had offered to mediate the dispute that arose in Florence, so it would be dealt with and would not need to be brought to the larger body. He apologized that it has been, but said that when voices are not heard Matthew directs that the issue be brought to the larger body, which is then charged with the responsibility. He stated this is no longer an ALC issue, it is an issue of understanding Matthew. Pr. Bonham reiterated that he and his congregation tried to deal with this issue and thus support for those requesting investigation, but also stated clearly that he had warned there must be a factual basis to the charges. Pr. Bonham grieved for the ALC, a body his church loved and respected but which he characterized as having fallen apart, and indicated that investigation by an independent body is essential, stating that two years of turmoil was enough.

Mr. Don Albright (associate member, Omaha, NE) spoke in support of the original motion and in opposition to the substitute on the basis of needing an independent body to investigate. He drew a parallel by noting his service as church treasurer, as treasurer for another volunteer organization, and as a former treasurer of the Augsburg district, and noted that he has never been offered the opportunity to audit his own books.

Mr. Bill Duff rose to claim a point of information. He asked the chair to point out where the authority is in Bylaw 5.03 and 5.04 that would authorize the body to act on the original motion and grant jurisdiction over past events. The chair again ruled that the resolution as presented deals with affiliation and the grounds for continued affiliation with LCMC and as such is covered under section 6.01 of the Bylaws. The chair reiterated that the national convention of delegates is the legislative authority for the LCMC; that the powers of the national convention are limited only by the Articles of Incorporation, Constitution and Bylaws of this Association, and the national convention's own resolutions; and once again ruled that the national body does have the authority to act on these matters.

Rev. Mark VanderTuig spoke in support of the original motion and in opposition to the substitute. He expressed gratitude that LCMC can have this conversation, . He spoke in favor of external accountability noting that even with independence the association can and should hold its members accountable so the churches and the association can move forward and focus on Jesus Christ.

Rev. Keith Menter again spoke in opposition to the substitute motion, noting that it places the authority to investigate in the institution (ALC) itself, noting that arguments in support of it effectively cut off the voice of those who feel they have been wronged.

Mr. John Chatelain offered two perspectives: legal, and marketing or business. From a legal perspective he likened LCMC as moving in the direction of a federal system, and stated his belief that the delineation has not been made clear between "state" (district) and "federal" (national) authority. He urged caution about giving the trustees authority to act on a matter he believes to be within the jurisdiction of the district. From a marketing perspective, Chatelain stated his understanding of geographic and non-graphic districts, allowing for free association for churches to go where they are best served. He stated that if it is true ten congregations left the Augsburg district they had every right to do so, but having left the district they should not continue to complain about it.

Rev. Rich Gregory (Life Song Christian Communities, Newbury Park, CA) thanked the makers of the original motion for presenting it in love.

Mr. Bill Duff rose to claim a point of privilege, asking whether the Ministry Standards proposed at the Altoona convention the previous year are in effect. The chair stated he believed those standards were offered two years ago and became effective last year. Mr. Duff then stated that matters of conduct are governed by an existing ministry standard, including false accusations. The chair stated he would have to review specifics, but in general anything in the proposed resolution that conflicts with the adopted Ministry Standards would not be in order. Mr. Duff then explained he was inquiring about jurisdiction, as specifically applies to accusations. The chair gave a general ruling that the Ministry Standards required a positive response from the congregations; we have had that and they would take precedence.

Rev. Tim White (Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, NE) called for the question on the substitute motion. The motion was seconded. The chair re-read the Substitute Resolution on the LCMC Discipline Referral. The vote to limit debate passed.

The substitute motion failed.

The body continued discussion on the main motion for an Investigation and Discipline Process of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Rev. Larry Lystig (member; LCMC Pastor Emeritus) has served three churches that were members of Augsburg, or considering membership, and has also served as Acting Executive Director of the Augsburg district. While he noted that this background gives him knowledge of the matter before the body, he rose to speak as a pastor because we are trying to deal in Christian love with a matter that affects many people and has brought much grief and trauma to the body of Christ. We are trying to bring some resolution to that situation in a way that will enable this body to grow, to heal, and to continue. He reminded the convention that we are dealing with the body of Christ: when one member of the body hurts we all hurt. Rev. Lystig supports the motion and the people who stood to propose it because they come from congregations that have been grievously hurt.

Rev. Tony Stoutenburg rose to speak to the new folks attending an LCMC convention, who might wonder what they've gotten themselves into. He spoke about the resolution as a process for airing grievances. He noted that there are no specific allegations in the resolution but there are rumors, so this is about doing what Jesus said: not talking about each other, but talking to each other. Rev. Stoutenburg further stated that unfortunately many of those affected are not in attendance, and just as John and Lenae Rasmussen asked for a process the previous day, so these folks are asking for a process to address their grievances. That is why they want an independent body to investigate, and if they are found wrong then they will issue letters of apology.

Mr. Kenneth Klinkenberg (Christ Lutheran Church, Palm Coast, FL) called for the question to limit debate on the proposed motion. His motion was seconded and passed, limiting debate.

In a point of order, Mr. Bill Duff requested that the minutes reflect one vote present.

The chair indicated his intention to abstain from voting on the matter, acknowledging it to be a decision made by each individual member of the board of trustees.

The main motion, a resolution entitled "Motion for an Investigation and Discipline Process of the Augsburg Lutheran Churches District of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ for the Sake of the Peace and Unity of LCMC" carried.

In a point of order, Mr. Bill Dufff requested that the minutes reflect one vote present.

The convention chair turned over the floor to Rev. Dale Wolf, chairman of the board of trustees. Rev. Wolf congratulated the bofy for the dignity by which it had conducted the conversation and pledged that we will deal with matters as fairly, honestly and carefully for involved as possible. He then led the body in a prayer for healing, faith, and guidance for the association.

Rev. Kip Tyler, chair of the LCMC Ministry Board, reported on behalf of the Ministry Board. He noted their work is a challenge because as they address one issue they unearth several more. Rev. Tyler discussed the different designations for pastors on the LCMC clergy list. The LCMC web site clergy list reflects only those who are academically certified pastors (holding at least an MDiv or its equivalent) actively serving LCMC congregations. Those who are serving in contract calls can be found by checking the list of member congregations. LCMC also has a list of emeritus pastors who are academically certified and may be open to call, as well as a list of those who are academically certified and available for call. Ministry board has recommended to the trustees a change in language for the latter, suggesting instead the term "seeking call." He invited attendees to attend the Ministry Board breakout session to pose questions or offer input on this matter. Tyler thanked Rev. Mark Vander Tuig and Rev. Bob Nordvall for their terms of service on the Ministry Board and announced that the trustees have approved the appointments of Rev. Tim White and Rev. Paul Spaulding to take up those terms. Rev. Tyler will step down as chair but will complete his appointed term of service. The Ministry Board has appointed Rev. Spaulding to act as their new chair.

The convention chair recognized Rev. Norm David (Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Belmont, MA) who requested a point of privilege to introduce Mr. Mark Erlichmann, a 3rd year seminarian in Silver Spring, MD. Mark will soon be available for call and has a number of innovative approaches for dealing with special needs ministries and ministries to the deaf. Rev. David invited suggestions for these ministries.

Some months ago the board of trustees adopted the following resolution, primarily authored by Mr. John Chatelain, former treasurer of LCMC, as an internal working document for the trustees.

The chair noted that a copy of that previously adopted resolution was included in the convention packet for informational purposes and because the board invited discussion on it:

RESOLUTION DEFINING CAUSE FOR REMOVAL OF A BOARD MEMBER FROM THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF LCMC

RECITALS

  • 1. WHEREAS, the National Convention of LCMC adopted the following new bylaw at the 2005 Annual gathering of LCMC:
    • 7.08 A member of the Board of Trustees may be removed for cause by two-thirds vote of the remaining members of the Board of Trustees, following written notice to the board member of the grounds for removal. The National Convention may, by resolution, further define cause permitting board member removal and may also specify additional procedures to be followed in connection with a motion to remove a board member.
  • 2. WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the association to adopt further guidelines and procedures to be followed in connection with a motion to remove a board member, subject to the right of the National Convention of LCMC to adopt, ratify, amend or reject these procedures;
  • 3. WHEREAS, language similar to section 7.08 of the bylaws of LCMC is found in section 8.05 dealing with removal of the treasurer and additional definition and language supplied by this resolution is necessary to properly implement section 8.05 of the bylaws, as amended by the 2005 National Convention of LCMC, and section 7.08 of the bylaws of LCMC, as enacted by the National Convention of LCMC.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the board of trustees adopts the following as guidelines for interpreting and implementing the "for cause" requirements of paragraphs 7.08 and 8.05, and any other relevant bylaws, of the bylaws of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:

Failure of a Board member to adhere to the following nonexclusive description of board member standards of behavior may be considered by the members of the Board of Trustees as sufficient grounds for cause to remove a board member:

  • A. Board members shall avoid conduct or actions that result in conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor crime or investigation or prosecution by appropriate governmental authorities of a board member for felonious or gross misdemeanor conduct;
  • B. Board members shall at all times possess and follow the highest moral and ethical standards in both the personal and the professional aspects of their lives. Appropriate ethical behavior includes avoiding all forms of deceit, sexual misconduct, financial mismanagement or even the appearance of such activities;
  • C. Board members shall comply with all board governance procedures and practices including but not limited to the documenting of expenses and the seeking of reimbursement only for expenses benefiting the organization and authorized by organizational policy;
  • D. Board members should regularly attend the meetings of the board, offering helpful and constructive advice to the board, engage in debate and voting in meetings according to procedure, and shall maintain a respectful attitude toward the opinions of others and, once a decision has been made, shall abide by the decision;
  • E. Board members shall, at all times, be supportive and respectful to other members of the board, employees of the association, member congregations and districts of the association, avoiding speech and behavior intended to be unnecessarily disruptive or disparaging toward any of the above;
  • F. Members of the Board of Trustees shall avoid discriminating between districts, either favorably or unfavorably, and shall specifically avoid advocating, directly or indirectly, that potential new member congregations join a particular district.
  • G. Recognizing the inherent conflict of interests, Board members who hold positions of leadership in LCMC districts, in addition to serving on the LCMC board, should avoid using the color of office as a board member to settle disputes or to otherwise dictate policy within any congregation or district ;
  • H. Each board member shall abide by all legal duties and responsibilities owed by directors to nonprofit corporations as are set out in applicable statutory and case law.

Rev. Tony Stoutenburg (Grace Lutheran Church, Hayward, WI) offered the following resolution, with rationale, revising the guidelines for trustee removal:

RESOLUTION DEFINING CAUSE FOR REMOVAL OF A BOARD MEMBER

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the board of trustees adopts the following as guidelines for interpreting and implementing the "for cause" requirements of paragraphs 7.08 and 8.05, and any other relevant bylaws, of the bylaws of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:

As Christians, we are given the fruits of the Spirit, namely "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." (Galatians 5:22-23) Living out these gifts as forgiven sinners means that we need ethical standards.

These are the Standards of Ethical Behavior for Trustees of LCMC. These, along with mitigating circumstances, and the LCMC Statement of Faith, may be considered by the members of the Board of Trustees as sufficient grounds for cause to remove a board member:

  • A. Board members shall avoid conduct or actions that result in conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor crime or investigation or prosecution by appropriate governmental authorities of a board member for felonious or gross misdemeanor conduct;
  • B. Board members shall strive to follow the highest moral and ethical standards in both the personal and the professional aspects of their lives. Appropriate ethical behavior includes avoiding deceit, sexual misconduct, or financial mismanagement;
  • C. Board members shall comply with all board governance procedures and practices including but not limited to the documenting of expenses and the seeking of reimbursement only for expenses benefiting the organization and authorized by organizational policy;
  • D. Board members shall make every reasonable effort to attend and participate in the meetings of the board;
  • E. As members of the Board, once a decision has been made, Trustees shall abide by and implement the decision. This shall not be construed to restrict trustees, as members of LCMC from advocating for a change or different position within the association.
  • F. Board members shall strive to be supportive and respectful to other members of the board, employees of the association, member congregations and districts of the association,
  • G. Members of the Board of Trustees shall avoid discriminating between districts, either favorably or unfavorably, and shall specifically avoid advocating, directly or indirectly, that potential new member congregations join a particular district;
  • H. Board members shall not simultaneously hold positions of leadership in LCMC districts, in addition to serving on the LCMC board;
  • I. Unless authorized by the full Board, Trustees shall not intervene to settle disputes or to otherwise dictate policy within any congregation or district, except at the request of a congregation or district following its regular governing procedures;
  • J. Each board member shall abide by all legal duties and responsibilities owed by directors to nonprofit corporations as are set out in applicable statutory and case law.

The amended Resolution was moved by Rev. Kent Wallace, and seconded. The chair opened discussion.

Mr. Chatelain acknowledged authorship for internal purposes. He stated he found the proposed revisions helpful and requested discussion be suspended pending distribution of copies for study. By unanimous consent the assembly suspended it to the later business meeting pending said distribution of copies.

The chair noted that the trustees' desire to bring a variety of seminary options before the body, none of which are particularly endorsed by the board. Due to a scheduling conflict, the chair suspended the agenda and allowed Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt to present information to the body about an autonomous and fully accredited WordAlone House of Studies.

The chair recognized Rev. David Witt, representing Voice of the Martyrs, who offered maps and prayer guides and invited attendees to learn more about VOM and the alarming extent of persecution of Christians worldwide. He introduced Rev. Tom LoVan (Morningside Lutheran Church, Sioux City, IA) an LCMC member pastor from Laos, recounting that Rev. LoVan's life has twice been threatened by radical Buddhists as he witnessed for Christ in Sioux City, IA.

The chair noted that Area 1 will hold an election for a seat on the LCMC board of trustees. Board chair Dale Wolf announced the trustees would be meeting with members of international congregations.

Delegates and guests sang the table blessing and recessed for lunch.

The body reconvened at 1:35. By acclamation, delegates changed the agenda to take up remaining business at 4:30. The delegates were dismissed to attend breakout sessions.

The body reconvened after breakouts and turned to discussing the proposed amended guidelines titled "Resolution Defining Cause for Removal of a Board Member."

By unanimous consent the body agreed to insert the phrase "and the LCMC Statement of Faith" into the text of the amended trustee guidelines, so that the third paragraph will read: "These are the Standards of Ethical Behavior for Trustees of LCMC. These, along with mitigating circumstances, and the LCMC Statement of Faith, may be considered by the members of the Board of Trustees as sufficient grounds for cause to remove a board member:"

With no further discussion, the amended guidelines passed as revised.

Rev. Doyle Karst (St. John Lutheran Church, Sterling, NE) moved the following:

Whereas the best way to reach the unchurched is to develop new mission congregations, and whereas there is need for matching funds to help these new mission churches, be it therefore resolved that the board of trustees for LCMC shall explore the possibilities of establishing a revolving fund to use as grants or interest-free loans for new mission congregations.

The motion was seconded. The chair opened the floor to discussion and noted that districts have been encouraged to organize this type of activity. Rev. Bruce Gamache drew attention to the fact that the LCMC-Lutheran Men funds are available. The motion passed.

M/S/P To enthusiastically extend heartfelt thanks to the people of Faith Lutheran Church for hosting this assembly.

The body gave a resounding round of applause to the people of Faith.

The body further gave a resounding round of applause to thank convention chair Barry Anderson for his service.

M/S/P/ To adjourn the business session of the 2006 annual convention and gathering of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Secretary

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

Delegates and visitors participated in opening worship led by Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, followed by fellowship time.

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Gathering music and opening prayer was led by the worship team of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA.

Rev. Mark Richardson, pastor of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Dresser, WI, led the bible study on John 1:35 -39.

Rev. Dale Wolf, chairman of LCMC, and Rev. Mark Vander Tuig, senior pastor of our host congregation, Lutheran Church of the Cross, extended greetings and welcome. Rev. Wolf and Rev. Larry Lindstrom, vice chair of LCMC then gave "state of the Association" addresses, after which the LCMC board of trustees were introduced and the floor was opened for a question and answer session with delegates and other attendees.

The Honorable G. Barry Anderson called the convention to order in business session at 10:20 A.M.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson as temporary convention chair for 2005.

M/S/P To close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Barry Anderson as temporary convention chair for 2005.

M/S/P To nominate Deb Lingen to serve as temporary recording secretary for the 2005 convention.

M/S/P To close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot for Deb Lingen as temporary recording secretary for the 2005 convention.

M/S/P To authorize the convention committee of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona for the purposes of the convention, planning and operational committees.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint tellers, sergeants at arms, and parliamentarians.

The chair appointed Gene Lutz as Parliamentarian for the convention.

The chair pointed out modifications to the proposed rules of the convention this year:

  • a change in area voting that allows for the nomination process on Monday evening; in the case of more than one candidate the voting is to take place on Tuesday evening;
  • the appointment of moderators for the purposes of elections in areas.

M/S/P To approve the preliminary credentials committee report as delivered:

  • 314 registrations
  • 83 of 162 member congregations represented
  • 133 delegates and seated alternates

M/S/P To make the temporary organization permanent for the purposes of this convention.

M/S/P To adopt, as a whole, the 2005 proposed convention rules.

John Chatelain presented the Treasurer's report, highlighting the information provided in the convention binder. John urged congregations to continue to conduct benevolence activities at the church and district level, but also to remember the needs of the association in their annual budget process. He commended to the body the two LCMC restricted funds, for seminarian and mission support, as well as the general fund, noting that we have two full time employees and growing expenses in getting the word out to congregations interested in LCMC. John also pointed out that approximately half of our member congregations have not yet contributed to our general fund and he urged them to consider doing so, because as of the end of August we are running slightly behind on income to budget. He then presented the summary budget, also included in the convention packet, with a projected total expense of approximately $240,000. In closing, John drew attention to the report from an independent auditor that recommended no change in our financial controls.

M/S/P To accept the financial and treasurer's reports as presented.

M/S/P To accept the secretary's minutes of the LCMC annual convention in Fargo, held October 3-5, 2004, as written.

M/P To adopt the proposed bylaw change 7.08:

To insert a new bylaw section 7.08 and renumber subsequent paragraphs as follows:

"7.08 A member of the board of trustees may be removed for cause by a two-thirds vote of the remaining board of trustees, following written notice to the board member of the grounds for removal. The national convention may, by resolution, further define cause permitting board member removal and may also specify additional procedures to be followed in connection with a motion to remove a board member."

M/P To adopt the proposed bylaw change 8.05 as follows:

To amend the last sentence of 8.05 as follows:

"The treasurer may be removed by the board of trustees only by a two-thirds majority vote of the remaining board of trustees and only for cause following written notice of the grounds for removal. The national convention may, by resolution, further define cause permitting removal and may also specify additional procedures to be followed in connection with the removal of the treasurer."

Rev. Bill Sullivan, LCMC Service Coordinator, introduced the first keynote speaker, Rev. Bill Moberly of the Eastern European Missions Network.

Rev. Tony Stoutenburg read a letter from Rev. Michael Bonham updating the convention on needs for hurricane relief.

(BREAKOUT SESSIONS)

The LCMC board of trustees hosted an additional question and answer session with delegates and other attendees.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of voting areas for October 2005 as recommended by the board of trustees.

M/S/P To approve the apportionment of voting areas for October 2006 as recommended by the board of trustees, subject to recommendations of the board for congregations added after this date.

The body recessed so Area elections could take place.

Convention attendees were transported to the Iowa State Fairgrounds for a celebration including the evening meal, fellowship, and entertainment "Unity," the LCC Drama Group, Rachel Scott, and the Regimental Brass form the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Tuesday, October 4th

The body reconvened at 8:00 A.M.

Gathering music was led by the worship team of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA.

Rev. Edith Bickford, pastor of Tecumseh Lutheran Community Church and Peru Community Church in Nebraska led the bible study on John 1: 40 - 42.

Janina Gazda of the Center for Mission & Evangelism of the Polish Lutheran Church, Dziegelow, Poland, addressed the body, and then held a Q& A session along with Rev. Bill Moberly of East European Missions Network (EEMN).

(BREAKOUT SESSIONS)

John Chatelain announced that the free will offering taken at the Monday evening celebration was $1,453, which will go toward the expenses of sending Rev. Curt Rosen to meet with our LCMC member congregations in India.

Rev. Bob Nordvall, Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck, ND spoke to the gathering about his mission trip to Latvia coming up in January.

District leaders introduced themselves. Rev. Wolf thanked Rev. Lenae Rasmussen for her service on the LCMC board of trustees. Representatives of LCMC congregations who have joined the association within the past year were invited to come forward and introduce themselves, and then newly ordained LCMC pastors and pastors new to the association within the past year were asked to stand and be recognized.

Rev. Kip Tyler, senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, NE and chairman of the LCMC Ministry Board, spoke about plans for the Leadership Conference in April 2006. He then directed attention to the Call Packet, available from the LCMC office and on the LCMC web site. Rev. Tyler also discussed highlights of the "Discipline Philosophy" document presented in the convention packet, including sections about discipline, consultation, mediation. These documents are works in progress and are presented to the association for comment and feedback. Rev. Tyler also suggested the desirability of a task force to network ideas on theological education in LCMC.

M/S/P To receive the report of the Ministry Board.

Dr. Kent Hunter of "Church Doctor Ministries" addressed the gathering as our third keynote speaker.

Rev. Dale Wolf announced that the 6th annual LCMC convention will be hosted by Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 1-4, 2006.

TJ Anderson invited the young people of LCMC to participate in a 2006 national event sponsored by Youth Encounter, to be held in Nashville, Tennessee. There will be an "event within an event" allowing time for LCMC youth to spend time and network with each other. There is also a work camp opportunity in partnership with Youth Works, for youth groups can do a work event on their way to the Youth Encounter gathering.

(BREAKOUT SESSIONS)

The gathering recessed to allow attendees to participate in District gatherings.

Wednesday, October 5th

Gathering music was led by the worship team of Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA.

Rev. Randy Upgren, associate pastor of Charity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND led the bible study on John 1: 43 - 46.

Keynote speaker Dr. Kent Hunter once again addressed the assembly.

Results of the elections were announced. The two incumbents, The Honorable G. Barry Anderson and Rev. Dale Wolf were re-elected to 3-year terms, and Rev. David Chancellor was elected to fulfill a one-year term.

The gathering expressed its thanks to the people of LCC for their wonderful hospitality with a round of applause.

Closing worship was led by Rev. Becky Lee of Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Secretary

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Sunday, October 3rd, 2004

Delegates and visitors participated in opening worship led by Rev. John Fahning, followed by fellowship time.

Monday, October 4th, 2004

Gathering music and opening prayer was led by Chris Elmore, Worship Director of Hosanna! Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC.

Rev. Perry Toso, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, Florence, AL, offered bible study on Isaiah 60, the command, "Arise!"

Rev. Dale Wolf, chairman of LCMC and senior pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND, extended greetings and welcome. He introduced Rev. Gene Appel, of the Willow Creek Association, whose first presentation was "Why Change?"

The convention was called to order in business session at 10:30.

M/S/P To approve the credentials report as delivered:

  • 264 registrations
  • 64 of 118 member congregations (55% representation)
  • 129 delegates registered and authorized to vote.

M/S/P To nominate Deb Lingen as recording secretary of the 2004 convention.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson as temporary convention chair for 2004.

M/P To adopt the proposed convention rules.

M/S/P To authorize the chair to appoint, for the purposes of the convention, planning and operational committees.

The chair appointed the convention committee of Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo.

The chair appointed Marc Windahl parliamentarian for the convention.

Rev. Dale Wolf, chairman of the LCMC board of trustees, and Rev. Larry Lindstrom, vice-chairman, gave a brief overview of how LCMC functions and discussed the future of the Association.

John Chatelain presented the Treasurer's report. Highlighting the information provided in the convention binder, he noted the report from an independent auditor recommended no change in our financial controls. He then presented the summary budget, also included in the convention packet, with a projected total expense of approximately $240,000. The slight increase reflects the need for two full time employees and anticipates expenses related to the growth of the association. Chatelain urged congregations to continue to conduct benevolence activities at the church and district level, but also to remember the needs of the association in their annual budget process. It was worth noting that the 2004 convention, annual leadership conference, and youth event all operated in the black.

M/S/P To accept the treasurer's report as presented.

M/S/P To adopt the apportionment of areas for October 2004 as recommended by the board of trustees, with the addition of Immanual Lutheran in Swea City IA in Area 4, for the purposes of electing trustees.

Rev. Gene Appel gave his second keynote address, "How to Change Your Church Without Killing It."

After the lunch break, Rev. Appel spoke on, "How to Change Your Church Without Killing You."

The body recessed to breakout sessions, area caucuses, and district gatherings, followed by a wild game feed, a live taping of the radio show, "Three Guys from North Dakota."

Tuesday, October 5th

The body reconvened at 9:00 A.M.

Bible study was once again led by Rev. Perry Toso on the bible verse theme for the convention, "Arise, Shine!" from Isaiah 60.

Rev. Kip Tyler, senior pastor of Lutheran Church of the Master, Omaha, NE and chairman of the LCMC Ministry Board, presented the proposed "Call Packet for Congregations and Pastoral Candidates." He noted that LCMC's adopted ministry standards originally had language referencing other Lutheran bodies; the ministry board has attempted to clean up that language. He also noted that there is significant flexibility for congregations and districts.

In the introduction to "Ministry Standards and Procedures for Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ" Rev. Tyler highlighted the point that congregations are responsible to call their pastor: with the freedom, comes the responsibility. The document defines different types of call which will be indicated on the LCMC list of clergy, as well as related standards and procedures.

M/S/ To approve the proposed Standard for a Certified Call in LCMC, "Candidates will subscribe to the LCMC Statement of Faith; if related to a district, the district's ministry standards; state and federal laws; and expectations of the endorsing agents."

M/ To amend the language to "in so far as one can do so without sinning" following the phrase "state and federal laws."

M/S/P To amend the language to "provided they do not violate the LCMC Statement of Faith" following the phrase "state and federal laws."

The amended main motion passed, reading:

To approve the proposed Standard for a Certified Call in LCMC, "Candidates willsubscribe to the LCMC Statement of Faith; if related to a district, the district's ministry standards; state and federal laws, provided they do not violate the LCMC Statement of Faith; and expectations of the endorsing agents."

Rev. Tyler highlighted points on the section titled "Inclusion on the List of LCMC Clergy."

Chaplain Major John Rasmussen shared stories of valor, courage, and Christ-like love as he addressed the body on opportunities to serve as chaplains in the United States armed forces. On behalf of the chaplains, he thanked the members of LCMC for their prayers and requested continued prayers and support for our country's armed forces.

M/S/P To adopt the apportionment of areas for October 2005, with the addition of Immanual Lutheran in Swea City IA in Area 6, as recommended by the board of trustees for the purposes of electing trustees.

M/S/P To adopt the recommended by law changes in Section 2.01 (a) as recommended by the LCMC board of trustees, as reflected in the convention packet to read:

"Member churches of this association are authorized to call and ordain ministers pursuant to such standards as member churches may adopt from time to time. Called and ordained pastors of this association may belong to clergy rosters of another association or church. [Member churches are not required to seek or receive approval from this association before calling a specific pastor or pastors and are free to call persons not on any list of pastors maintained by this association and are free to call persons to serve in a pastoral capacity regardless of whether or not such persons are identified on any LCMC list of pastors.]"

M/S/P To adopt the recommended by law changes in Section 2.02 (a) as recommended by the LCMC board of trustees, as reflected in the convention packet to read:

"All ordained ministers of this association shall approve of and subscribe to the statement of faith of this association and ministry standards as established by member churches or districts. Ordained ministers shall be subject to discipline as provided for in a discipline plan adopted by a member church or district. Any discipline plan will contain appropriate rights of appeal."

M/S/P To adopt the recommended by law changes in Section 3.02 (a) as recommended by the LCMC board of trustees, as reflected in the convention packet to read:

"A. To serve and support the member congregations of this association in their mission to proclaim the gospel, this association will, among other things:

a. Be available to assist congregations in calling pastors to the ministry of word and sacrament;"

M/S/P To adopt the recommended by law changes in Section 3.02 (d) as recommended by the LCMC board of trustees, as reflected in the convention packet to read:

"A. To serve and support the member congregations of this association in their mission to proclaim the gospel, this association will, among other things:

d. Assist in placement of chaplains for specialized services, e.g., military, medical, social services or special ministries of the association members;"

Rev. Randy Freund of Faith Lutheran Church, Hutchinson, MN, introduced Rev. K. K. Alavi, keynote speaker and Christian missionary to Muslims in his native India.

Rev. Alavi shared his story of conversion and faith, the story of God's power in his life as told in the books, "In Search of Assurance and its latest edition, "The End of a Search."

Rev. David Drum and Bill Lane of LCMC-Lutheran Men announced a bequest of $1000 to Holy Temple Lutheran Mission in Ft. Worth, TX from the LCMC-LM Gift Fund.

Rev. Dave Christenson of Faith Lutheran in Hutchinson traced the roots of the New Hope Mission Society, a non-profit agency working alongside the Malabar Mission Society, pan-Lutheran mission agencies serving India. Rev. Alavi then continued his story of evangelism to Muslims in his country and answered questions from the body.

Jeff Stephenson, Director of Youth Ministries, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sandy, UT, invited the youth of LCMC to our 3rd annual rally, to be hosted at the Olympic Village in Salt Lake City, Utah - July 10-13th, 2005.

Rev. Dale Wolf announced that the 5th annual LCMC convention will be hosted by Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA, in October, 2005.

The body adjourned to breakout sessions, followed by dinner.

Results of elections were announced, with the three incumbents, Rev. Larry Lindstrom, Debra Adams Lingen, and Dennis Sandmann, re-elected to 3-year terms. The full board of trustees was introduced, and included those three re-elected trustees as well as G. Barry Anderson, John Chatelain, Rev. Larry Lindstrom, Rev. Lenae Rasmussen, and Rev. Dale Wolf.

Closing worship was led by Rev. K.K. Alavi.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Secretary

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2003 Annual Gathering Minutes http://www.solapublishing.com/lcmc-annual-gathering-minutes/summaries.html Sun, 05 Oct 03 00:00:00 -0600

(Gathering music, hymn sing and opening prayer.)

The body was called to order at 8:45 A.M.

Rev. Jerry Yarnell, senior pastor of St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton Michigan extended greetings and welcome on behalf of the congregation.

Barry Anderson offered Message of thanks on behalf of the association recognizing St. Michael as host to the convention and as host to our national office.

Bible study on 2n Corinthians 5: 18, 19: The Longing for Reconciliation, led by Rev. David Mann, Upper Arlington Lutheran Church.

Report on the state of the association by Judge G. Barry Anderson, chairman of the board of trustees, and Rev. Dale Wolf, vice chairman of the board of trustees and past chairman of the Ministry Board of LCMC. Some observations:

  • We have grown to over 80 congregations in three years, with most remarkable activity occurring in the past 18 months. Congregations are joining; districts are coalescing.
  • We will be challenged to check our attitudes and break out of the mold of being told what to do. Churches will need to continue to learn how to network with other churches to support mission partnerships, not rely on a hierarchical structure from a distance.
  • Another challenge will be to continue to explore new approaches to training pastors.
  • LCMC also faces the challenge of resisting encroaching institutionalism - we're drawn towards what we've known. Our greatest investment will be in building strong congregations, making disciples and fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • We need to worship well together and yet celebrate our diversity in worship styles;
  • We need to celebrate our effectiveness in ministry and our success in Lutheran circles.
  • Ask "What is God doing in your place?" and then listen to one another.
  • We need to learn how to tell our story well - about who we are, reach the broken, and leave behind the comparison to the ELCA.
  • Separate from WA - process completed, though it was longer and more complex than expected.
  • Future is with new congregations, mission starts, those who don't have benefit of church home.

Rev. Gerald Nerenhausen and Dr. Oliver K. Olson, shared a new idea in seminary education called Claus Harms House. Recently organized and located on the University of Chicago campus, it will be a "house of studies" and is named after the father of neo-confessionalism.

Strategic Planning Committee report presented by Rev. Chris Magnell, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, Iowa, chairman, and the team: Rev. David Mann, UALC, OH; Amy Williams, Elkhorn, IA; Dr. Jim Krier, Omaha, NE; Rev. David Schrader, Shippensburg, PA. The report is descriptive, talking about who we are and where we're headed. The team identified goals from a survey of the association last fall. Surveys were sent to each pastor and each church council of member congregations, with approximately 2/3 responding. The "POST" method was used; from the responses the Purpose, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics were identified and appear in the accompanying report.

Rev. Revenel Benoit of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Haiti spoke on his ministry of reconciliation to his the impoverished people.

M/S/P To nominate Barry Anderson as temporary convention chair.

M/S/P To nominate Deb Lingen as convention secretary.

M/S/P/ To authorize, for the purposes of this convention, as constitution committee, with the addition of Mark Jamison to those listed in the convention information packet.

M/P To adopt the proposed convention rules as amended by the chair.

Note: Section 9 of the proposed rules was amended to read "Amendments to Convention Bylaws," inserting the word "bylaws" for "constitution;" the reference in the first sentence should read the same. Additionally, the deadline for submitting proposed bylaw amendments to the constitution committee was amended to read "5:30 P.M." on Monday, October 6, 2003, rather than "noon."

M/S/P To adopt the reapportionment of areas as recommended by the board of trustees for the purposes of electing trustees.

John Chatelain presented the treasurer's report, based on the audited report for 2002 and including the year to date report for 2003. He noted that the association is in very good financial health.

M/S/P To approve the treasurer's report as presented.

According to the change adopted at the last annual meeting, a treasurer will be elected by the body at large. Nominations will be accepted from the floor.

The body recessed for lunch, followed by a second Bible study with Pastor Mann on 2 Corinthians 5:21 "The Dread of Reconciliation."

M/S/P To close nominations and cast a unanimous ballot to elect John Chatelain as treasurer of the association to serve a 3-year term.

The body went in to breakout sessions.

Pastor Gerrit Wolfaardt continued his presentation on his ministry of reconciliation, speaking as President of Veritas College. Veritas is in 20 countries around the world, training servant leaders to teach people to interpret the Scriptures for themselves. Its ministry is described as "The Philosophy and Practice of Leadership Development: Equipping to Serve." Its purpose is assisting churches around the world to develop their own leaders. In the Extraction Model, leaders are trained outside of the values of their local church and often separated from the life of the church. By contrast, Veritas employs the Integrated Leadership Development Model, where leaders are trained in the church; the Bible is the foundation, and it is a forward movement requiring that everyone become trained in the Word of God, thus completing the cyclical process of establishing a congregation, training leaders, and then sending forth evangelists, as Paul taught the early church. Outcomes of the ILD Approach: a solid understanding of the Word and the Absolutes it contains; ability to communicate it clearly; ability to apply it in all walks of life; leadership is developed in the congregation. Rev. Wolfaardt also spoke of his role as part of the Anglican Mission in America (AmiA), whereby the Anglicans in Africa are sending missionaries to America to bring the word of God to Anglicans and others in America who have not heard it. He noted the new model of non-geographic synods is a challenge but it also means evangelism cannot be stifled. AmiA churches affiliate with whatever AmiA bishop they choose, and the mission is training lay leaders and focusing on networking among the churches. He also entertained questions about his ministry of reconciliation.

M/S/P This 2003 LCMC convention commend our international partners who have joined us at this convention for their commitment and courage in living out faith in Jesus Christ in their settings and commit to them our ongoing support.

M/S/P This 2003 convention requests the Board of Trustees to examine and develop a plan to strengthen our relationship with our international partners, including but not limited to those international congregations invited to join LCMC, which would form LCMC into an international Lutheran association. The trustees may return to the next convention seeking action if the trustees deem such action as necessary.

Lenae Rasmussen and Rev. Michael Bonham spoke to the body about a project Augsburg Lutheran Churches have undertaken to produce a multimedia presentation on the subject of Biblical teaching on sexuality.

Rev. Roger Lindler spoke on the formation of LCMC-Lutheran Men, an organization that provides avenues for the men of LCMC to provide support of mission churches and smaller churches needing assistance.

M/S/P Whereas, mission congregations associated with LCMC would benefit from support from a united effort of men in LCMC congregations, be it resolved that this convention endorses the concept of a National Men's Organization focused on assisting missions and smaller congregations with a mission gift fund and a mission loan fund.

The credentials committee reported 121 registrations, representing 32 congregations and 62 delegates.

M/S/P To approve the credentials committee report as given.

The report of the constitution committee (attached at end of these minutes)

M/P To adopt the proposed amendment to section 7.09 of the bylaws as proposed by the constitution committee.

M/P To adopt the proposed amendment to section 9.01 of the bylaws as proposed by the constitution committee.

M/P To adopt the proposed amendment to section 8.01 of the bylaws as proposed by the constitution committee.

M/P To adopt the proposed amendment to section 8.02 of the bylaws as proposed by the constitution committee.

The Ministry Board report was presented by Rev. Kip Tyler. The Ministry Board seeks input on the process of refining LCMC Ministry Standards. There were also comments on:

  • Leadership Conference
  • No single way of training pastors and lay leaders
  • LCM's experience - Churchstaffing.com through the Leadership Network.
  • Call process
  • Model Letters of Call
  • Credentialing issues
  • Standardized card on ministry status

The report ended with a Q & A session.

The chairman spoke briefly about the benefits of LCMC's joint health plan with the WordAlone Network. It is important to recognize that without the participation of St. Andrew's (Mahtomedi, MN) this health plan would not have been possible. The board of trustees encourages all congregations of this association to consider switching to the LCMC health plan. Because of the way the plan is structured it may be particularly beneficial to larger congregations.

Rev. Doyle Karst (Sterling, NE) offered devotions prior to recessing for dinner.

Rev. David Mann opened the morning session with the 3rd Bible study on 2 Corinthians.

An appeal was made for any items congregations would like to make available to Peace Lutheran, Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Rev. David Drum and Robin Lake, retiring board members, briefly addressed the convention.

The 2005 annual convention of LCMC will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church in Fargo, North Dakota. The body will come together in late September or early October; specific dates will be announced.

Morning breakouts.

Fred Jensen of Edward D. Jones updated the body on the LCMC pension plan. There are currently $2,313,000 invested in plan funds. He offered his full support to facilitate the process of bringing new pastors into the plan. He noted that even in the difficult market the funds held up remarkably well.

The chair reminded the body that anyone interested in the LCMC health plan should contact Gayle McCann of Johnson McCann in Minneapolis Rev. Roger Lindler announced officers and key members for LCMC-Lutheran Men and encouraged each congregation to provide a key member to serve as a contact.

The new board of trustees was introduced to the body:

M/S/P The meeting adjourned at 11:15.

The convention closed with worship led by Rev. Larry Lindstrom

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Secretary

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Gathering music and hymn sing, led by the Charity Gospel Trio (Bob Peske, Randy Upgren, and Mark Herald) from Charity LChurch, Bismarck, ND.

Call to Order 2:00PM, April 28, 2002

Opening Prayer - Chris Magnell, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Cross, Altoona, IA

District updates were presented, and are available via the link to the left.

A greeting and prayers from the Reverend Dr. Christopher Hershman, chairman of the Evangelical Lutheran Confessing Fellowship, which formed March 4, 2002, was presented by Pastor Kathy Sukke.

The convention moved into plenary session, having already been called to order:

Nominated, seconded, and elected, G. Barry Anderson to serve as convention chair.

Nominated, seconded, and elected, Debra Adams Lingen to serve as convention secretary.

Pr. Tony Stoutenburg (Naselle, WA), chairman of the credentials committee, certified an initial quorum with of 142 registered delegates, as of 2:35 PM, we have 63 delegates in attendance, and 55 associate members.

M/S/P -- To approve and file the secretary's report of the October 2001 LCMC convention as presented.

John Chatelain (Omaha, NE) presented the treasurer's report. (Note: The Treasurer's oral report is available via the link to the left.)

The convention body offered thanks to Mark Chavez, Toni Tilley, and especially to Anne Gleason, for all their efforts on behalf of LCMC.

M/S/P -- To approve and file the treasurer's report.

Pr. Dale Wolf (Fargo, ND) presented an interim report from the Ministry Standards and Ordination Procedures committee. (Note: The interim report is accessible via the link to the left.)

The committee most recently met April 27 & 28, and those members present were introduced, including Bill Sullivan, Marc Windahl, Kip Tyler, Joe Burgess. Mike Rogness and John Beem also serve. Pr. Wolf went through the interim report item by item, and stressed the following observations: Item 3-D: It was the hope of the committee that one of the primary ways call procedures will happen in LCMC is that congregations will list that they are looking for pastors, and pastors will inquire from those congregations what they are looking for and then literally apply to be considered if they are interested;

Item 3-E: The committee bolded the concept that "the congregation is responsible for investigating the pastoral candidates" because it is of critical importance for members to understand we do not have a structure in LCMC to guarantee that serious background checks have taken place. This is an area we need to work through. For congregations that have been deeply dependent on bishops in the call process in the past, they must realize they don't exist in LCMC. We will see how we can develop this, but congregations need to accept greater responsibility in the call process now.

Item 4-A & B: The committee spent a great deal of time talking about how to handle congregations in conflict and clergy misconduct. We are counting on districts to develop procedures on how those are going to be dealt with, and also to seek out some expertise or organizations that can help. One of the things we learned from the experiences of John Beem is that there are some non-church organizations that can be very helpful with these situations.

Other Discussion - 1: There is some deep concern about whether LCMC students are welcome in ELCA seminaries, and that is something we are going to work on. We are also very open and encouraging of alternative ways to train leadership and pastors for the future.

Pastor Wolf then entertained questions from the floor. (Note: A separate transcript of the Q & A session is available, via the link to the left.)

The chair reminded the body that the Ministry Standards Report is just that: a report from that committee. We are still working with Ministry Standards. Unlike other Lutheran organizations that can make changes to their standards by simply declaring them changed, LCMC has already adopted a set of standards that can only be changed when approved by a majority of the congregations who are members of this association. This is one of the checks and balances proposed in Phoenix. The board of trustees will take the report of the committee and be in dialogue with them. Some specific recommendations may be made to member congregations to revise the Standards as adopted last October.

The chair noted a typo in the fifth line of Item 9 of the Proposed Convention Rules as found in the convention packet should be corrected to read, "The (Constitution) Committee shall forward to the convention for its consideration all amendments submitted to the Committee prior to 5:25 PM, Sunday, April 28, 2002."

The chair also reminded the body that two seats on the board of trustees are up for election as a result of the random draw for terms last fall. For purposes of this convention we will caucus and elect by area in the same fashion as was determined in October. Those two areas will meet at 8:00 AM tomorrow, April 29.

M/P -- To adopt the Proposed Convention Rules, as corrected.

(Break)

Gathering Music: Charity Gospel Trio

Kevin Cramer, member of the LCMC board of trustees, introduced Rachel Scott, a former Miss Nebraska and daughter of Pastor Tim and Cindy White of Trinity Lutheran Church, Columbus, NE. She shared the song "I Will Listen" by Twila Parris. This song is a testimony of her faith and, she hopes, reflective of that of many of the members of LCMC.

"Dynamic Prayer" - Pastor Bob Nordvall, Charity Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND (Note: Pastor Bob and Karen Nordvall spent ten years in the mission fields in Papua, New Guinea, several years in western North Dakota, and have been at charity for 16 years. The text of Pastor Bob's presentation is available separately, via the link to the left.)

"Status Quo? Status Go!" - Kevin Cramer, LCMC Board of Trustees (The text of Kevin's address is available separately, via the link to the left.) Keynote Address: Pastor Chuck Lindquist (Pastor Chuck is the General Director of the World Mission Prayer League. The text of his presentation is available separately, via the link to the left.)

Offering taken, divided between LCMC General Benevolence and World Mission Prayer League.

Reminder that voting for Area 2 and Area 4, as listed in the convention notebook, will take place in the Great Hall at 8:00am April 29th.

Table prayer led by Pastor Sullivan.

(Recess for dinner, worship with Word Alone, and the presentation by Mike Foss.)

Reassembled at 8:30AM, April 29, 2002

Reports were presented from the newly started mission congregations: Peace Lutheran Church: Irene Montgomery Sola Scriptura: Jeff Mansour Living Stones Fellowship, Warren, MI: Bob Herbon

The chair announced a decision of the board of trustees to support a joint fundraising effort initiated by the ALD and inviting all districts that wish to participate to do so by having a representative sign the letter.

The convention recessed at 9:00 AM to meet with Word Alone Network for the presentation by Professor James Nestingen of Luther Seminary, as well as the update on Youth Events by Pastor Bill Walles, Word Alone Board of Directors.

The convention reassembled at 10:45 AM.

Reports from the mission congregations continued: Fellowship Lutheran Church, Louisville, KY: Bill Spaulding and Pastor John Howe

The body moved into its plenary session.

Dan Lingen reported on behalf of the credentials committee, updating the official figures to read: 84 registered delegates, 67 associates and guests, and 40 member congregations represented. A quorum was certified.

Election results for the board of trustees votes in Areas 2 & 4 were announced. Re-elected to serve full three-year terms were G. Barry Anderson and Kevin Cramer.

The chair commented there has been concern about the process of electing by Area. The constitution committee will look at the way in which we elect leadership to the board. Names of those volunteering to serve on the Constitution committee were announced: Randy Freund, Jeff Mansour, Barry Anderson, Lenae Rasmussen currently serve in that capacity. The committee would like to add 2 or 3 members and are asking that names of interested parties be forwarded.

At the suggestion of the constitution committee, the board of trustees recommends to the body an amendment regarding the office of treasurer and independent accountability. The note in the convention packet accompanying the proposed change read as follows:

Board of trustees comment: The present structure of the LCMC Constitution calls for the treasurer to be appointed by the board of trustees and although the treasurer can be dismissed by the board only by a two-thirds vote of the board and only for cause, the board has concluded that independent accountability of the treasurer to the body as a whole would be useful. The board considers this change a matter of accountability, particularly in light of recent national events. If this bylaw is approved, and is not rejected by LCMC congregations, the next national convention will have a minimum of eight (8) board members and a resolution to that effect will need to be adopted by the national convention.

M/P -- A recommendation from the board of trustees of LCMC for amendments to the by-laws of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

The Board of Trustees for LCMC recommends that paragraph 8.05 of the by-laws of LCMC be amended as follows:

8.05 The treasurer shall propose policy for review in action by the board of trustees of the financial, accounting, insurance, property management, investment, and money management systems of the association. The treasurer shall be elected at the national convention by a majority of those delegates at the national convention who are then present and voting. Election of the treasurer shall be from the body as a whole and not by area. The treasurer shall serve a three-year term. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 7.07 of these by-laws, no treasurer shall serve more than two consecutive terms of office. The treasurer shall have voice and vote and shall otherwise be eligible to fully participate in the activities and responsibilities of the board of trustees of this association. The treasurer may be dismissed by the board of trustees only by a two-thirds majority vote of the board of trustees and only for cause.

On behalf of the board of trustees, the chair explained the recommended by-law amendment allowing for a change in the date by which the annual convention must take place. The following explanatory note appeared in the convention packet:

Board of trustees comment: The present by -law of this association requires the national convention be held not later than June 30 of each year. The board of trustees is recommending that the national association experiment with alternative national convention dates and also consider meeting separate and apart from the WordAlone national assembly because of the logistical difficulty of holding two meetings involving many of the same people. For example, the board of trustees has recommended (see March LCMC board of trustee meeting minutes) that the nect national convention occur in October 2003. The reasons for this are varied but include providing approximately six-month separation between the spring WordAlone meeting and the fall LCMC meeting, providing some "breathing space" between conventions (LCMC has now met in national convention twice in the last six months and arguable three times in the last year, if you include the Phoenix assembly in 2001) and to give the association flexibility when it meets.

M/P - Recommendation from the board of trustees of LCMC for amendments to the by-laws of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:

The board of trustees of LCMC recommends that paragraph 6.04 of the by-laws of this association be amended as follows:

6.04 The national convention shall be convened by the board of trustees of LCMC but shall, in any event, occur no later than June 30 of each year. The national convention shall be convened by the board of trustees of LCMC and shall occur annually. The national convention shall serve as an annual meeting of the association and the agenda may include but is not limited to, election of the board of trustees or the filling of any vacancies on the board of trustees, approval of the annual budget, approval of ministry standards or changes to ministry standards and such other business as may occur from time to time.

The following note appeared in the convention packet. It is reiterated as a reminder to the body:

Please note that if the delegates to this convention approve these two by-law changes by a majority of those present and voting, the changes will be submitted to the member congregations of this association who will have one year to reject the proposed changes. Pursuant to Section 9 of these by-laws, if a majority of the congregations do not reject the changes, they will automatically become effective one year from passage by the national convention.

Pastor Dale Wolf introduced Pastor David Gran, the first LCMC pastor to be ordained in an LCMC congregation in Evansville. He pastors a two-point parish in the area of Alexandria, Minnesota.

M/S/ -- A resolution from the Augsburg Lutheran District on:

The Nature of the Church

WHEREAS Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) is an association of congregations legally recognized as a "Lutheran church body" in America,

AND WHEREAS some LCMC members congregations are also members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which has a ecclesiastical understanding of the church as opposed to the Christological understanding of the Church shared by LCMC congregations,

AND WHEREAS it is important to recognize LCMC's distinctive understanding of the nature of the church in comparison to the ELCA teaching that its Churchwide Assembly is "the church" when it is convened in its business sessions,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the document titled, "The Nature of the Church," be adopted in the bylaws of LCMC and inserted as bylaw section two.

THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH

2.01. Luther wrote, "Thank God a seven year old child knows what the church is, namely, holy believers and sheep who hear the voice of their shepherd. So children pray, 'I believe in one holy Christian church.' Its holiness does not consist of surplices, tonsures, albs, or other ceremonies. . . . invented over and above the Holy Scripture, but it consists of the Word of God and true faith" (SA 3/12, §§2-3). Therefore we make the following affirmations concerning the nature of the church: 2.02. Jesus Christ is the Lord of his Church and its head. All power to create, sustain, and perpetuate the Church comes from the risen Christ through his Spirit. God's children are called, gathered, enlightened, and sanctified by the Holy Spirit through the proclamation of God's Word, which is Christ (CA 5). All actions of this district and its member congregations are carried out under Christ's rule and authority. 2.03. The holy Christian Church is Christ's body on earth living under God's Word as law and gospel; it exists to serve and glorify Christ until he comes again. In this Church sins are forgiven and believers, simultaneously justified and sinners, are daily raised up to lead new lives using their various gifts to serve their neighbors and the creation to the glory of God. 2.04. The holy Christian Church is recognized by its hearing of the holy Word of God, that is, the external Word preached orally in Word and Sacrament. Christ's Spirit shapes his Church in a variety of forms. Thus it is not necessary that church structure and polity be the same everywhere. 2.05. The word "Church" ("ecclesia") refers both to the local congregation and to the whole Christian Church on earth and in heaven. While the Church as the people of God finds its end and fulfillment in the eschatological kingdom of God, it also finds earthly expression in and through the congregation. By faith the Church is linked already to the eschatological kingdom in hope while in this age it experiences fellowship with other believers in Christ.

M/S/P -- To refer the language to the board of trustees for consideration and recommendation at the next convention.

The chair noted on behalf of the board of trustees that the language will be provided to the constitution committee and the member congregations for discussion prior to the next convention.

M/S/ - A resolution from the Augsburg Lutheran District on the Distinctiveness of the WordAlone Network and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.

WHEREAS the WordAlone Network (WA) and Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC) both have worthy but distinctive goals and objectives,

AND WHEREAS it is important to avoid confusion among the WA and LCMC memberships about the respective organization, goals, strategies, and fund raising efforts of these two distinct entities,

AND WHEREAS it is important to avoid even the perception of conflict of interest with respect to the leadership of WA and LCMC,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that it is the policy of LCMC that members of the LCMC board of trustees may not serve simultaneously on the WA board of directors,

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the LCMC convention direct its board of trustees to establish and staff no later than June 30, 2002 its own separately located office to whose mailing address all contributions to LCMC will be sent directly,

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the LCMC convention also direct its board of trustees to establish no later than June 30, 2002 separate bank accounts for LCMC, and that LCMC will control and manage its own designated funds exclusively, specifically, the LCMC Mission Fund and the LCMC Seminary Debt Relief Fund,

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LCMC hold its annual convention at a different time and location from the WA convention.

M/S/ -- Motion to table.

Motion to table declared out of order because the speaker making the motion to table had the opportunity to speak against the original motion before making the motion to table.

M/S/P -- Motion to table.

Pastor Tony Stoutenburg reported on behalf of the LCMC/WAN Joint Committee of the Seminary Debt Relief Fund (SDRF). He noted that two grants of $5000 each were made this past year. A substitute policy has been adopted by both boards, though Pastor Stoutenburg stated there are two amendments to the draft report as it appeared in the convention materials. He will post the revised policy upon his return home from the convention. At the time of the convention the balance in the SDRF fund was $25,441.29. The committee has been charged with the responsibility of formulating a long-term plan.

M/S/P -- A motion pertaining to the LCMC/WAN Joint Committee of the Seminary Debt Relief Fund, calling for election of two members to serve on behalf of LCMC, with one serving a one-year term and one serving a two-year term.

By unanimous consent, the election will be held by written ballot with the top two nominees to be elected and those two people to agree on the length of terms they hold.

Nominations from the floor opened: Lenae Rasmussen and Tim Baglien.

M/S/P -- To close nominations and consider the two candidates elected.

M/S -- It is the express intent and desire of LCMC to clearly establish itself as an autonomous association. The board is instructed to implement this intent as soon as feasible or no later than one year.

M/S/P -- Be it resolved, resolutions shall be provided in printed form to the LCMC body before consideration on the floor for a vote.

The chair noted that we need some flexibility in debate; the sense of this motion will be referred to the constitution committee.

The chair noted that workshops would be held following lunch.

The chair and the body expressed appreciation to Dennis Sandmann, Deb Lingen and North Heights Lutheran Church.

M/S/P -- Motion to adjourn.

The body adjourned at 12:00 PM.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Secretary

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Barry Anderson called the convention to order at 10:30 AM, October 26, 2001. First order of business was to extend a thank you to Westwood Lutheran Church and its head pastor, Dave Valens, for their gracious hospitality.

Credentials Report submitted by Pastor Tony Stoutenberg, chair of the credentials committee:

  • Delegates registered: 75
  • Delegates present: 70
  • Associates: 10
  • Guests: 52
  • Total Participants: 132

34 of 42 member congregations were represented, with 100% participation of those congregations present. A quorum was certified as of 10:45am, October 26, 2001.

Nominated, seconded, and elected, G. Barry Anderson to serve as convention chair.

Nominated, seconded, and elected,-Debra Adams Lingen to serve as convention secretary.

M/S/P -- Authorization by the body for the chair to appoint convention committees.

Chair appointed to the LCMC convention planning committee those members of the LCMC board previously introduced during the pre convention panel discussion: Pastor Bill Sullivan, Robin Lake, Debra Lingen, Pastor Dale Wolf, Barry Anderson, Dr. Meg Madsen, John Chatelain, and Pastor Tony Stoutenberg.

Chair appointed to the Constitution Committee Jeffrey Mansour from Michigan, Mark Windahl from North Dakota, and himself, G. Barry Anderson, as chair.

Chair appointed Tony Stoutenburg chairman of the Credentials Committee.

As provided for in the governing documents, on the basis of geographic proximity and with the intent to have relatively even distribution for purposes of representation, the interim board of trustees recommends the following Areas to provide for nomination to the permanent board:

  • Area 1 - Washington & Idaho (6 congregations)
  • Area 2 - North Dakota & Montana (6 congregations)
  • Area 3 - Minnesota "A" (8 congregations)
  • Area 4 - Wisconsin (4 congregations) & Minnesota "B" (3 congregations)
  • Area 5 - Michigan, Ohio & Pennsylvania (6 congregations)
  • Area 6 - Iowa & Nebraska (6 congregations)
  • Area 7 - Arizona, California, Kansas, Alabama, & North Carolina (6 congregations)

M/S/P -- RESOLVED at the national convention of LCMC, we hereby authorize a seven (7) member board of trustees to be elected pursuant to the constitution and by-laws of this association and pursuant to the rules of this convention.

M/S/P -- Whereas pastors who seek to utilize the pension plan and reciprocity agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America must be a member of a clergy roster of a Lutheran church body, and whereas churches looking for a pastor to call desire a list of pastors available to serve under call to the public Ministry of Word and Sacrament, and whereas certification of credentials or membership on a list of pastors is also required by regulatory agencies except in certain specialized ministries, RESOLVED that Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ adopt the proposed ministry standards and accept clergy who meet these standards to their official list of affiliated pastors (clergy under call or available to serve under call), as called for under Article 3 of the Constitution of LCMC.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED that the board of trustees of the LCMC is authorized to appoint representatives from LCMC congregations to serve on a Membership and Discipline committee, the purpose of which is to consider what rules and regulations should be approved by the national convention governing membership in LCMC, with the goal of making a full report to the next national convention of that body, as called for under Article 4.03 of the LCMC constitution.

By unanimous consent of the assembled, the chair moved to the Rules of the Convention in order to deal with the issue of the method by which the convention would nominate and elect a board of trustees.

M/S/P -- The convention approves Rule 1 through Rule 6 of the Convention Rules as proposed by the Constitution Committee.

M/S/P -- The convention approves Rule 7 and Rule 8 of the Convention Rules proposed by the Constitution Committee and amended as follows:

7. Area Caucuses
Congregations shall caucus within areas as provided by these rules. Each area shall be responsible for election to the board one individual qualified and willing to serve on the board of trustees of LCMC.

8. Election of LCMC Board of Trustee Members
All candidates nominated by LCMC areas shall be entitled to address the caucus and shall be permitted, but not required, to distribute biographical and other material encouraging delegates to support that particular candidate. All such material shall be distributed in accordance with the materials distribution rule set forth above. All delegates and seated alternates to the convention shall be entitled to vote at their area caucus for one candidate for election to the board of trustees. All voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority of those present and voting in the caucus shall be required for election to the board of trustees. Following certification by the chair of the board of trustees of election to the board, the seven duly elected board members shall caucus and by random draw or unanimous agreement of the newly elected board assign particular board members to staggered terms of office with two board members serving until the 2002 national convention of LCMC, two board members serving until the 2003 national convention of LCMC and three board members serving until the 2004 national convention of LCMC.

M/P -- The convention approves Rule 9 of the Convention Rules as proposed by the Constitution Committee.

M/S/P -- The convention approves Rule 10 of the Convention Rules proposed by the Constitution Committee and amended as follows:

10. Rules of Debate
Debate on any motion or subject shall be limited to three minutes by each speaker. A call for the previous question shall be in order only after one speaker on each side of the question has been afforded the opportunity to address the issue. Debate on any motion or subject cannot be postponed or set aside for another time due to adoption of an agenda or constraints of time, until action on the particular motion or subject has been taken.

The assembly chair moved back to the report of the Constitution Committee.

M/S/P -- The convention accepts the recommendation of the Constitution Committee to amend Section 7.02 of the LCMC By-Laws to read;

"There shall be seven (7) to twelve (12) members of the board of trustees and each trustee shall hold office until the election of a successor trustee. Any person who is a member of an LCMC congregation shall be eligible for election to the board of trustees. Trustees shall be elected by a majority of those delegates to the national convention who are then present and voting and shall be elected by area as provided in Section 7.09. The number of trustees to be elected shall be determined by the national convention of this association upon the advice of the board of trustees. Trustees shall serve three-year terms. Subject to the provisions of paragraph 7.07 of this constitution, no trustee shall serve more than two consecutive terms of office."

Financial update provided by John Chatelain, particularly noting the need for individuals and congregations to contribute to the general fund to provide for operating expenses. When contributing, checks can be made directly to LCMC. If contributions are to be made to a designated fund it should be so designated. It was also noted that individuals and congregations may send mission support directly to the person(s)/agencies they wish to support rather than using LCMC as a clearinghouse for mission support funds. John called for individuals and congregations to support the Word Alone Youth Fund for the purpose of providing quality youth events. Pastor Larry Lindstrom and representatives of St. Andrew Lutheran Church, Farmersville, Ohio presented a check for $10,343.50 for the general fund of LCMC.

M/S/P -- Treasurer's report as prepared and presented by John Chatelain, Treasurer.

Credentials report amended as follows:

  • Total registered: 160
  • Delegates registered: 75
  • Delegates present: 72
  • Associates: 13
  • Guests: 57
  • Total: 142

34 of 42 member congregations were represented. A quorum was re-certified by Tony Stoutenberg, chair of the Credentials Committee, as of 1:00pm, October 26, 2001.

M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, By-law Section 7.07. Board of Trustees shall read:

"Vacancies on the board of trustees resulting from the death, resignation, or removal of a trustee may be filled by the affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining trustees, even though less than a quorum. Each trustee elected under this section to fill a vacancy holds office until a qualified successor is elected by the delegates at the next regular or special meeting of the association. Any trustee elected to fill a vacancy of less than two (2) years shall be entitled to election to two (2) full, three-year terms as a member of the board of trustees of this association. In no event shall a member of the board of trustees serve more than eight (8) consecutive years as a member of the board of trustees of the association."

M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, By-law Section 7.09. Election by Area shall read as follows:

"Election of members of the board of trustees shall be by areas determined by the board of trustees and approved by the national convention. The number of areas shall correspond to the number of trustees. Areas shall have approximately the same number of congregations; for purposes of determining areas from which elections to the board of trustees are to occur, the size of individual congregations is irrelevant. Areas may be reapportioned at any time by the national convention but shall be reapportioned whenever any area is more than fifteen percent (15%) larger or smaller than the average number of congregations in all areas. Areas shall serve no other function except for the purpose of providing geographic balance in the election of members of the board of trustees."

M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, By-law Section 10.Transition Provisions shall read as follows:

"10.1. All members of the present board of trustees, otherwise eligible for election to the board of trustees of LCMC, shall not be disqualified from election to two 3-year consecutive terms on the board of directors of LCMC as a result of interim service as a member of the board of trustees."

"10.2. Members of the board of trustees elected at the October 2001 convention of LCMC shall serve staggered terms of office as determined by unanimous agreement of those elected or, failing unanimous agreement, by random draw. Any member of the board of trustees elected under this provision serving a two-year term or less shall be eligible to serve two consecutive, full, three-year terms on the board of trustees." M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, By-law Section 10.3 dealing with transition provisions shall be deleted because it is no longer necessary.

M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, Constitution Section 3.04. Ministry shall read as follows:

"God's call to a particular man or woman to the office of public ministry is confirmed by the call of a congregation. For the sake of good order, no one shall "publicly teach or preach or administer the sacraments without a proper call." (CA 14). All calls to the public ministry will be issued by a congregation. Chaplains, missionaries, and pastors employed in other types of specialized ministries will be called by their congregation, or a congregation that chooses to sponsor them, and listed as deployed. Candidates for these ministries must meet the credential standards of the agencies they are endorsed to serve in addition to the credential requirements of LCMC."

M/P -- As recommended by the LCMC Constitution Committee, By-law Section 6.03.National Convention shall read as follows:

"6.03. The national convention is authorized to adopt continuing resolutions, rules and regulations to assist in governing the affairs of the association, and the national convention of the association, that do not otherwise conflict with or are not prohibited by the constitution or by-laws of this association."

M/S/P -- RESOLVED , this convention adopts the following as a continuing resolution, a revision to Article 5, Statement of Purpose, in accordance with request of the Augsburg Lutheran District. The Augsburg Lutheran District has requested that the national convention of LCMC adopt the following language as part of Article 5 of the LCMC Constitution, enumerated as appropriate:

FROM THE STATEMENT OF PURPOSE (Article 5)

5.03. In accordance with our mission and objectives, this district shall adopt organizational principles to guide and shape its corporate life.

5.03.01. Our Organizational Principles:

5.03.11. Life Together vs. Guerilla Warfare-Our most important battle will be for the viability of our "life together" as a faith community (treating one another as brothers and sisters in Christ), and against the temptation to turn in upon ourselves, splitting into factions that use "guerilla warfare" tactics to "bite and devour one another" (Galatians 5:15).

5.03.21. Confessional Faithfulness vs. Political Expediency-Faithfulness to our witness is more important than political expediency. We ought to "fly our confessional colors" openly and proudly without regard to considerations of what will be to our political advantage or what will make us popular. "I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus . preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season . be steady, endure suffering . fulfill your ministry" (2 Timothy 4:5).

5.03.31. Transparency vs. Secrecy-The transparency of open discussion and open operation is vital to our life together as a district. Secrecy (e.g., "private" strategy sessions, closed list serves, fear of open discussion, "informal" decision making groups-within-groups) should be unacceptable to us. "For every one who does evil hates the light . but he who does what is true comes to the light ." (John 3:20-21).

5.03.41. Serving in Freedom vs. Obligated Servitude-Our individual and especially our corporate relationships (i.e., ALD/LCMC) ought to be free of any hint of paternalism, coercion, or legalism. We are set free to serve each other in Christ. We are under no one's dominion. "Owe no one anything, except to love one another" (Romans 13:8, Cf. Matthew 22:37-40)."

M/S/P -- RESOLVED, the executive committee that produces the post-convention report has the authority to make necessary editorial and grammatical changes in the final report so the correct meaning is conveyed.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED, an agenda shall be posted by e-mail to member congregations 15 days in advance of a meeting of the LCMC board of trustees. FURTHER, the board of trustees is strongly encouraged to post an e-mail summary of board meetings to member congregations within seven business days so as to provide for immediate communication of all board actions taken.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED, Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ shall adopt the proposed constitution as amended.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED that the delegates present hereby form Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ and that this new association of congregations be officially constituted on this 26th day of October in the year of our Lord, 2001.

M/S/P -- Whereas the board of trustees has drafted a church pension plan, selected Larson-Allen to be the plan administrator, and selected Fredrik Jensen of Edward Jones as its registered representative to enroll participants in a slate of mutual funds it has selected to offer, and Whereas the Board of Pensions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has honored the request to draft and sign a reciprocity agreement between its church pension plan and the church pension plan of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), and Whereas some pastors under call and church workers employed by members of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ seek to participate in the LCMC church pension plan, and some seek to roll-over their ELCA church pension plan to the LCMC church pension plan, RESOLVED that Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ implement its church pension plan on or before January 1, 2002, and execute upon written request the provisions of the reciprocity agreement with The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Board of Pensions beginning January 1, 2002. Pastor Dale Wolf led the body in prayer, asking God's guidance for the delegates as they tried to discern His will regarding the adoption of a statement addressing the sanctity of marriage.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED, that LCMC adopt a statement addressing the sanctity of marriage.

Body recessed at 5:45pm, October 26th, 2001.

Body reconvened at 8:30am, Saturday October 27th, 2001.

Certification there has been no change in the census of delegates and a quorum is still present by Tony Stoutenberg, credentials chair.

Certification of election results by Tony Stoutenberg, alternate election chair. The newly elected board of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ:

  • Area 1 - Washington & Idaho: Robin Lake - Kellogg, ID
  • Area 2 - North Dakota & Montana: Kevin Cramer - Bismarck, ND
  • Area 3 - Minnesota "A": Dennis Sandmann - Springfield, MN
  • Area 4 - Wisconsin & Minnesota "B": G. Barry Anderson - Hutchinson, MN
  • Area 5 - Michigan, Ohio & Pennsylvania: Pastor Bill Sullivan - Ottawa Lake, MI
  • Area 6 - Iowa & Nebraska: Debra Adams Lingen - Omaha, NE
  • Area 7 - Arizona, California, Kansas, Alabama, & North Carolina: Pastor David Drum, Tucson, AZ

The entire body extended hands in blessing and prayer for the endeavors of the board of trustees, asking God's guidance and support for each member as well as for the congregations they represent.

Presentation of a certificate of appreciation to Governor Al Quie, Mark Chavez, and Anne Gleason recognizing the support, guidance, and leadership provided by the Word Alone board and the Word Alone office staff. The chair also thanked Toni Freer for her contributions in preparing the documents for the convention.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED that LCMC will title the statement on the sanctity of marriage a "Pastoral Admonition" to our individual congregations.

M/S -- RESOLVED, the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ adopt the following as a Pastoral Admonition on the Sanctity of Marriage:

"We affirm that God created us male and female, and that it is God's will and intention that human sexual expression and fulfillment take place only within the boundaries of marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:4-6; and Mark 10:2-9). And, we confess as individuals and as congregations that we have not fulfilled God's will in our decisions, modeling, and teaching."

MOTION TO AMEND the language, removing the first words "We affirm" and replacing it with "This convention of LCMC affirms" and, in the final sentence of the statement, to strike the words "as individuals and congregations."

Motion seconded. The chair divided the question. Both segments of the amendment on substitute language failed.

Pastor Dale Wolf once again led the body in prayer, asking God's guidance for the delegates as they tried to discern His will regarding a statement addressing the sanctity of marriage.

PASSED -- Main motion as proposed.

MOVED -- By action of both the LCMC interim board and the Word Alone board, the LCMC interim board recommends a 4-person committee to control dissemination of the Seminary Debt Relief Fund; and further that the committee be comprised of 2 members appointed by the Word Alone board, and 2 members elected by the LCMC convention.

SUBSTITUTE MOTION OFFERED/SECONDED/PASSED:

RESOLVED, the LCMC convention recommend to the Word Alone board that the distribution of funds in the Seminary Debt Reduction Fund be to seminarians called by an LCMC congregation, or a seminarian called by a Word Alone congregation and not ordained by a bishop who was installed in the historic episcopate.

MOTION TO AMEND BY ADDITION/SECONDED/PASSED

We direct the LCMC board to dialogue with the Word Alone board to clarify the status and ownership of this fund and bring a recommendation to the April 2002 convention and further move that, in the meantime, a 4-member committee, with 2 members named by the Word Alone board and 2 by this convention, administer the fund.

M/S/P -- This body directs that the board of trustees, or its appropriate subcommittee, consider for adoption when the body next convenes in April, 2002, the language of Article 4, The Nature of the Church, as proposed by the Augsburg Lutheran District.

M/S/P -- This LCMC convention memorializes the Word Alone Network to support its WAN regional organizers legally, spiritually, and emotionally, against the attacks of the ELCA.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED that this convention recognize the Augsburg Lutheran District as an official district of the LCMC and provide a hyperlink from the LCMC web site to the Augsburg Lutheran District website.

As recommended by the LCMC interim board of trustees, names placed in nomination for the two members to represent LCMC on the LCMC/WA Joint Seminary Debt Reduction Fund Committee: Pastor Paul Tjostem (Trinity Dawson-Steele, ND), Pastor Tim Baglien (New Hope Lutheran- Comfrey, MN), and Lenae Rasmussen (Peace Lutheran-Orange Beach, AL/Hilo, Hawaii).

M/S/P -- This body suspends its rules to allow for a plurality to elect two members to the Seminary Debt Reduction oversight committee.

M/S/P -- Resolved, the LCMC board is empowered to create a task force on Ministry, Implementation of Pension and Insurance Benefits and other special needs, and appoint chairs and task force members to serve on these task forces until the objective is obtained or until the next convention, whichever comes first.

M/S/P -- Whereas as members of the priesthood of all believers we are all called to participate in the setting of policy and judging doctrine, whereas Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ faces many issues of theological, biblical and confessional nature, and whereas dealing with these issues will require a firm theological understanding of scripture and confessions, now therefore be it resolved that the 2001 national convention of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ shall recommend that the board establish a Theological Advisory Group to examine, study, and provide teaching on issues that face this body. This Advisory Group is not to dictate policy; rather it is to provide the theological insight to guide Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, its national board, and national conventions in decision making. Membership of this advisory group shall be open to pastors and laity.

M/S/P -- Ratification of results of election by plurality of Pastor Paul Tjostem and Pastor Tim Baglien to the Seminary Debt Reduction oversight committee.

Announcement by the Chair that, as directed by the constitution of this body, the LCMC Interim Board of Directors has voted to hold the 2nd Annual National Convention of Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ coincident and contemporaneously with the Word Alone national convention to be held at North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville, Minnesota, April 28 - 30, 2002. The chair invited direction and input from the membership as to when LCMC meets: whether before, during, or after the WA convention.

M/S/P -- RESOLVED, this body deems it appropriate to recognize the service of the Interim Board Members and to express appreciation for said service to the body.

M/S/P -- A motion to adjourn at 12:40pm. October 27, 2002.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Adams Lingen, Convention Secretary

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