That's the sound of the LCMS 2007 Convention Workbook arriving at my front door. This hefty 427 page volume, and its sidecar documents appeared at my home the other day. Since then I have been taking in the fine print of the many reports, overtures, and appendices.
With the reports: I can't help but observe what a HUGE bureaucracy our synod is. Something about that seems not so healthy to me.
With the overtures: Some good, some bad, some ugly.
One particular church in California has submitted overtures asking for: Full fellowship with the ELCA, Full communion between LCMS and ELCA in the military, Open Communion in general, and immediate Women's Ordination.
One overture also asks that delegates present from congregations that practice Open Communion would simply raise their hands.
Lots of overtures to reaffirm or rescind what we did in 2004.
I think the biggie at this convention will be the "Specific Ministry Pastor" proposal, which seeks to create a second-tier pastor (with less training), who serves under a traditional M.Div. type pastor, and who cannot take a call anywhere else. First blush - do we really want to "dumb down" our clergy? On the other hand - is it better to have that, than "certified lay ministers" and all the other funny business currently going on in violation of ACXIV?