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Service of Installation — LCMS President, Officers & Boards


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Matthew HarrisonThe Service of Installation for President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and the vice-presidents, other officers, and board and commission members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) was on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at historic Holy Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis, MO.

Harrison was elected to a third term (2016-2019) as LCMS president earlier this year. Learn more about the Office of the President and the Praesidium here.

Learn more about the Board of Directors, the Board for National Mission, and the Board for International Mission on lcms.org.


 Critical Issues Lutheran Schools Face


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Terry Schmidt and Bart Day discuss critical issues Lutheran schools face.The Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director of the LCMS Office of National Mission; Terry Schmidt, Director of LCMS School Ministry; and Gregory S. Baylor, Senior Counsel and Director of the Center for Religious Schools at the Alliance Defending Freedom discuss issues that our Lutheran schools face.

As the legal landscape continues to change for faith-based institutions, LCMS school officials are wondering how they’ll faithfully navigate the future. Recent legal issues with LCMS and other Christian schools have focused on accepting state and federal dollars and the implications of doing so. Listen as Rev. Day, Terry, and Greg discuss Title IX implications, Title VII employment discrimination issues, and how Lutheran schools can move forward with confidence.

The LCMS/ADF document “Protecting Your Ministry” is a great resource for schools and churches and will be sent to all Lutheran schools and churches to help those institutions protect themselves against potential complaints.

About Gregory S. Baylor: Since joining ADF in 2009, Baylor has worked diligently to protect the First Amendment freedoms of students, faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. As director of ADF’s Center for Religious Schools, Baylor litigates cases to protect the rights of Christian educational institutions across the nation. He also serves as religious liberty consultant to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

This broadcast originally aired June 7 and 8, 2016, on Faith’n’Family.

Alliance Defending Freedom


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Alan  Sears and Eric Stanley talk about the organization Alliance Defending Freedom.

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Alliance Defending Freedom – For Faith, For Justice

Alliance Defending Freedom is a servant ministry building an alliance to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel by transforming the legal system and advocating for religious liberty, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

Recognizing the need for a strong, coordinated legal defense against growing attacks on religious freedom, more than 30 prominent Christian leaders launched Alliance Defending Freedom in 1994. Over the past 18 years, this unique legal ministry has brought together thousands of Christian attorneys and like-minded organizations that work tirelessly to advocate for the right of people to freely live out their faith in America and around the world.

Learn more about Alliance Defending Freedom HERE!

Alan Sears - President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom

Alan Sears

Alan Sears has served as president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom since its founding in 1993.

Erik Stanley is an attorney out of the Kansas City office and specializes in Freedom for Churches.

Learn more about the Leadership of Alliance Defending Freedom HERE.

Alan Sears (Right) and Erik Stanley (Left) talk about Alliance Defending Freedom at the new KFUO Broadcasting Studios

Alan Sears (Right) and Erik Stanley (Left) talk about Alliance Defending Freedom at the new KFUO Broadcasting Studios

This broadcast was originally recorded October 20, 2013.