“What happens at a district convention?” That was a question I was not even entirely sure I myself had the answer to until recently, since this was the first district convention I have ever attended in any capacity. From April 19-21, delegates representing the 107 LCMS congregations in South Dakota met at the Sanford Premier Center for the 61st convention of the South Dakota District. According to the LCMS constitution, each parish at the district convention is represented by one lay delegate and one pastoral delegate. I was privileged to serve as Zion’s voting pastoral delegate this year, while Pastor Brown attended in an advisory capacity. This article will serve as a brief report of the convention.
One of the items of business for each convention is to set the triennial “theme.” The theme can be a Bible passage or topic that will serve as a mission or teaching emphasis in the district for the next three years. This year, the theme was chosen, “Behold Your God! What Help! What Hope!” This theme is based on Isaiah 40:9, wherein the prophet Isaiah is instructed to direct the people of Judah to look to their God as their comforter and redeemer in their affliction and tragedy. For the next three years, the district’s focus will be on directing us to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who in Jesus Christ has become our help and hope.
The real work of the convention was to make legislative decisions on a number of items affecting church life and work in our district. Congregations and circuits (local groups of congregations) were permitted to submit “overtures” to the convention. Several committees were appointed before the convention to edit and present some of these overtures as “resolutions,” which were then presented to the convention delegates for a vote. [Read more…]