From left, the Rev. Gregory K. Williamson and LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison talk before the service. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

On 9 January 2012, the long awaited CMO, Chaplain Gregory K. Williamson was installed as the Chief Mission Officer (CMO) of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The CMO position was created by the  restructuring pland adopted by the July 2010 Synod Convention. Staff, supervised by boards and commissions under the former structure, will now report to a chief mission officer (CMO) who is responsible to the LCMS president. The new structure has five units in all, supervised by the CMO at the direction of the president. The units are Office of International Mission, Office of National Mission, Communications, Fund Development and Pastoral Education.

President Harrison Preaching At the CMO Installation

For the CMO’s installation, President Harrison preached on Galatians 2:1 – 10. In the sermon President Harrison focused on verse 10, “the very thing I was eager to do.” President Harrison mentioned that in the ancient world, the most important word associated with being an administrator was σπουδή (spoude) – zeal or eagerness. The Greek papyri frequently have the phrase μετὰ πολλῆς σπουδῆς (meta polles spoudes) – “with much zeal.” President Harrison said that the new CMO was called by Christ and has the responsibility to administer with great zeal.

After the sermon, the rite of installation was conducted.

Installation of CMO

Here is the service bulletin.

Williamson Installation

LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, top left, poses with Rev. Gregory K. Williamson, Williamson's family and guests. (LCMS/Frank Kohn)

We are grateful to have the CMO at the International Center.

– Rev. Dr. Albert B. Collver, Director of Church Relations