Friday, April 23, 2010

LCMS CTCR Report on the Model Theological Conference on Worship

From Page 57 of the Convention Workbook

2. Model Conference on Worship

2007 Res. 2-01 (see also 2004 Res. 2-04) called for a theological

conference that would “build greater understanding of our theology

of worship and foster further discussion of worship practices

that are consistent with that theology.” In 2009, CTCR members and

staff joined together with staff and members of the Commission on

Worship for the planning of a model theological conference focused

on the topic of worship under the theme “Toward a Theology of

Worship.” Once again, a wide spectrum of participants from Synodwide

entities participated, but the primary participatory goal was for

wide representation from the 35 districts of the Synod. In addition

to its president, each district was invited to send two parish pastors,

two laypeople, and one commissioned minister, with its delegations

including balance among individuals who were representative of the

diverse worship practices in the Synod (both so-called “traditional”

and “contemporary” or “contextual” practice). The conference was

held on January 11–13, 2010, and was hosted by Concordia Lutheran

Church of Kirkwood, Missouri.

The four theological conferences have been made possible by generous

grants from the Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation.

Many of the papers presented at these conferences are available on

the CTCR’s Web site at