LCMS Board of Directors members (from left to right): Rev. Peter Lange, first vice-president; Mr. Larry Harrington, Mr. Christian Preus; Mr. Andrew Grams; Dr. Jan Lohmeyer; Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, chairman; Dr. Jesse Yow; Rev. Dr. John Sias, secretary; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president; and Rev. Josemon Hoem. Not pictured: Ed Everts, Keith Frndak and Rick Stathakis.

LCMS Board of Directors members (from left to right): Rev. Peter Lange, first vice-president; Mr. Larry Harrington; Mr. Christian Preus; Mr. Andrew Grams; Dr. Jan Lohmeyer; Rev. Dr. Michael Kumm, chairman; Dr. Jesse Yow; Rev. Dr. John Sias, secretary; Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president; and Rev. Josemon Hoem. Not pictured: Ed Everts, Keith Frndak and Rick Stathakis.

Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors (BOD) is the legal representative of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It is the custodian of all the property of the Synod — directly or by its delegation of such authority to an agency of the Synod.

The BOD exercises supervision over all the property and business affairs of the Synod, except in those areas where it has delegated such authority to an agency of the Synod or where the voting members of the Synod, through the adoption of bylaws or by other convention action, have assigned specific areas of responsibility to separate corporate or trust entities.

In such circumstances, the BOD retains general oversight responsibility as defined in Synod Bylaws.

Initial proposed governance model for the Concordia University System

LCMS CrossAt its Feb. 19 meeting, the LCMS Board of Directors approved dissemination of the initial governance model proposal developed by the 2019 Res. 7-03 committee to strengthen Concordia University System (CUS) institutions’ "connection to the Synod” and “confessional Lutheran identity.” Below, read an Official Notice with more information about the proposal from the LCMS Office of the Secretary.

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• Download CUS governance proposal     • Download 2019 Res. 7-03


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Meeting Minutes

Minutes of previous meetings are available upon request by contacting the LCMS Chief Administrative Office.

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News & Updates

LCMS Board of Directors – Reporter
‘Church in a messy world’: BOD looks back on pandemic year
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 2:56:46 PM

Strand retires after 40 years of Synod service
Thursday, October 7, 2021 9:10:27 AM

Egger installed as 11th president of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:02:22 PM

Board of Directors adopts $62.7 million budget for FY22
Tuesday, June 15, 2021 8:50:57 AM

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Handbook editions

2019 Handbook


Handbook background

At its triennial conventions, the Synod endeavors to structure its walk and work together by adjusting its Constitution and Bylaws to enable it to carry out its mission statement most effectively:

“In grateful response to God’s grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and world.”

The Commission on Handbook consults with the Commission on Constitutional Matters in the revision of the Handbook of the Synod following each national convention to bring it into harmony with convention actions.

2019 Handbook

The 2019 Handbook of the Synod (as approved by the Commission on Handbook, having consulted with the Commission on Constitutional Matters) has been published electronically, as of November 13, 2019, as the “November 2019” edition. As of the same date, print production and distribution are commencing.

The Handbook, with its growing index, is available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Word versions. It is accompanied by an “update” edition, indicating all the changes made since the previously-released 2016 Handbook.

The electronic edition found here may be updated periodically as the Commission on Handbook incorporates minor corrections and other non-substantive changes as part of its responsibility for the ongoing maintenance and management of the Handbook.

Please report suggestions for correction or improvement, particularly regarding the new index, to the Office of the Secretary.


Policy Manual

Desired Outcome Policy of the Board of Directors

The Board serves to provide leadership in achieving the objectives of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as stated in Article III of its Constitution and Bylaws so that Christ’s name may be glorified among all people throughout the world by serving each other in Christ’s name, reaching our communities with Christ’s love and claiming the world for Christ’s kingdom.

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Board Members

The criteria for membership on the Board of Directors is outlined in the LCMS Handbook (Bylaw

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Legal Resources

As our churches and schools come under increased scrutiny, the LCMS is dedicated to helping pastors, church workers, church administrators, lay leaders and others learn how to better protect their church or school from potential legal challenges.

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Amicus Briefs

From time to time The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod joins amicus briefs for Supreme Court cases in which the outcome is likely to affect the church. Browse a listing of briefs to which the LCMS has joined. In most cases, the text of the entire brief is available.

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Lutherans Engage the World

Lutheran Engage the WorldEngaging the Church in the work of witness and mercy across the globe in our life together.

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The Lutheran Witness

The Lutheran WitnessInterpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective

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