Annual meetings provide opportunities to share information about mission and ministry
Monday, November 10, 2008
LCMS President Gerald Kieschnick (right) discusses international Lutheran issues with Bishop Walter Obare of Kenya and LCC president Rev. Robert Bugbee
ST. LOUIS, Mo For the second consecutive year representatives from Lutheran Church–Canada met with various Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod departments and agencies to discuss current projects and areas of concern. On November 5, LCC president, Rev. Robert Bugbee, interim mission executive Rev. Dr. Ralph Mayan, and communications director Dr. Ian Adnams met with the LCMS Commission on Fellowship, chaired by Dr. Sam Nafzger.
After updating the current activities of both church bodies, the members began discussing the protocol agreement between LCC and the LCMS in 1988. The agreement outlines procedures and policies regarding the transfer of pastors, mission work by LCMS congregations still in Canada as well as overseas missions. The commission agreed to prepare a short summary of the agreement for distribution to district presidents. Representing LCMS on the commission, are LCMS president, Rev. Gerald Kieschnick; first vice-president Rev. William Diekelman; secretary Rev. Raymond Hartwig, Commission on Theology and Church Relations executive director Rev. Joel Lehenbauer and Ron Schultz, chief administrative officer for the Board of Directors.
While at the LCMS International Centre, President Bugbee had the opportunity to meet with Bishop Walter Obare from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Kenya. The bishop was also meeting with LCMS leaders.
“These meetings are very important for both church bodies,” observed President Bugbee. “While there are ongoing e-mail communication with many of these people, an annual face-to-face meeting is very productive.”
During their time in St. Louis, the LCC representatives also met with LCMS World Mission department, LCMS World Relief and Human Care, the executive of Concordia Publishing House, the Int’l Lutheran Laymen’s League and the Schwan Foundation.
President Bugbee was guest speaker at the Int’l LLL Thursday chapel service.
Meetings for 2009 are already scheduled for early November.