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Vision for Strengthening the LCMS

Demographics are not our reason for decline. We’ve lost sight of our mission — our “co-mission” — from Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them all things. Pat is fully committed to historic Lutheran theology and practice. We must believe, teach, and confess the message of hope in Jesus to reach the current culture — including so many of our children and grandchildren who have wandered from the church. We do well to celebrate the rich variety of congregations God has given the LCMS and support localized ministry efforts. The Holy Spirit works in the hearts of people through Word and Sacrament ministry, and God promises His Word “shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11, ESV).
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Our LCMS school system —from pre-school to higher education — is an incredible blessing to the church and to the world and should be championed as such. We must strengthen the relationship between Synod and our schools through trusting relationships, encouragement, and a deep abiding commitment to theological fidelity.

Our schools provide significant opportunities for evangelism to thousands of non-Lutheran and unchurched students as well as discipleship and church worker recruitment for our Lutheran students. These are vital investments for the health and growth of our church body. We must remove barriers of Lutheran education related to finances and accessibility, reinforce catechetical instruction as opportunities for evangelism, and prepare all students for their God-given vocations in the life of the church — especially nurturing church workers at higher rates.
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Being a pastor has never been tougher in our country. After a worldwide pandemic and in a culture that stands hardened against the Church, pastors have experienced great dismay, high levels of anxiety and depression, and burnout. The same can be said for teachers in our schools and other church workers. It’s evident that we need to strengthen and care for all those who serve in the Lord’s Church.

Supporting church workers means nurturing close partnerships with our seminaries and universities. Our shared goal is to develop healthy, theologically competent, confident, and evangelistic pastors, teachers, and church workers. Moreover, the work and resources of our Recognized Service Organizations must support continuing education, evangelism training, stewardship, missions, and the like. Where there is division, we must humbly embrace reconciliation processes to refresh and renew church workers in their ministry experience. This begins, of course, by regarding each other as brothers and sisters, not opponents or adversaries. Our individual and collective identity is in Christ alone.
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