(Back Row Left to Right): Dr. Joel Lehenbauer (LCMS), Bishop John Bradosky (NALC), Rev. Larry Vogel (LCMS)
(Front Row Left to Right): Rev. John Pless (LCMS), Dr. Albert Collver (LCMS), Rev. Mark Chavez (NALC), Rev. Paull Spring (NALC), Rev. David Wendel (NALC)

9 – 10 September 2015, Saint Louis, MO

Representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and the North American Lutheran Church met Sept. 9-10 in St. Louis, MO to continue their bi-annual consultations.  The series of meetings began December, 2011, at the invitation of President Matthew Harrison of the LCMS as the church bodies seek greater understanding of the other church, ways that there may be cooperation in externals, and be mutually supportive, in spite of differences that exist.  Normally, a representative of the Lutheran Church-Canada has participated in the meetings.


This consultation was the second meeting focusing on Holy Scripture.  Four questions were presented and discussed:  How did the Bible get here?  What kind of book is the Bible?  Which method is most suitable for interpreting the Bible?  What is the proper use of the Bible?


In addition to presentation of Church body reports, other areas of common concern were discussed, including the recent Supreme Court Obergefell decision, the challenge to marriage in North America today, response to the persecution of Christians today.


The representatives will meet again in March 2016.


Representing the LCMS were the Rev. Dr. Albert Collver, Director of Church Relations-Assistant to the President; the Rev. Dr. Joel Lehenbauer, Executive Director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations; the Rev. John Pless, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; the Rev. Larry Vogel, Associate Director of the Commission on Theology and Church Relations.


Representing the NALC were the Rev. John Bradosky, Bishop; the Rev. Paull Spring, Bishop Emeritus; the Rev. Mark Chavez, General Secretary; the Rev. Dr. David Wendel, Assistant to the Bishop for Ministry and Ecumenism.


David Wendel, dwendel@thenalc.org

Larry Vogel, larry.vogel@lcms.org