The 71st Convention of The Kansas District LCMS
The Rev. Keith Kohlmeier was re-elected to his fourth term as president during the 71st Convention of the Kansas District LCMS, held June 7-9 in Topeka.
Kohlmeier was elected on the first ballot of the convention. He has served for nine years as district president. This will be his final term, since district bylaws limit the president to four terms.
Delegates also elected the following:
• the Rev. Peter Lange, senior pastor of St. John Lutheran
Church, Topeka, to his first term as First Vice-President
• the Rev. David Gruoner, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church,
Linn, to his second term as Second Vice-President
• the Rev. Scott Snow, senior pastor of Holy Cross
Lutheran Church, Wichita, to his first term as Third Vice-
• the Rev. Wayne (Rick) Rostek Jr., pastor of Immanuel
Lutheran Church, Norton, to his first term as Fourth Vice-
The officers were installed during the convention.
With "You Shall Be My Witnesses" (based on Acts 1:8) as its theme, the convention emphasized inspiration and motivation as it also handled operational aspects.
Following district bylaw, presentations focused on work done in various missions and ministries.
"Mission Moments" highlighted five ministries:
• Missionaries Jack and Cathy Carlos described work in
Guinea, West Africa, partnering with the district
• Outreach to Native Americans was shown in the LIGHT
(Lutheran Indians Gathering and Helping Together)
Ministry at Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence
• Campus ministries were reviewed at universities in
Lawrence, Emporia, Wichita, Topeka, Manhattan, Hays
• Twenty-five congregations are undergoing revitalization
through the Transforming Churches Network (TCN).
• Lutheran Urban Ministry Association (LUMA) highlighted
ministries in the greater Kansas City area.
The convention worship offering of $9,408 will support building projects on the Guinea mission field.
As they considered resolutions, delegates debated at length the ways and means of Gospel proclamation from a confessional context.
Resolutions included support for the Guinea mission, Haskell LIGHT, outreach and new ministries, Lutheran education at all levels, ministry for family life, and revitalization within congregations while maintaining biblical and confessional integrity. The convention also encouraged congregations to use district salary scales and to designate offerings received at installations to the district scholarship fund or student loan repayment fund.
For the first time, delegates used an electronic voting system, which hastened the voting processes, especially for elections.
Serving as essayist, the Rev. Dr. Reed Lessing, associate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, took the delegates and guests into the history and contemporary significance of Isaiah 48:20 as he spoke on "Get out of Babylon, flee from Chaldea."
Synod President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison reviewed Synod activities and answered delegates' questions, and the Rev. Dr. Paul Maier, LCMS third vice-president, preached at the convention worship service.
President Kohlmeier being installed by Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison
Missionaries Jack & Cathy Carlos presented President
Kohlmeier with a plaque from Growing in Grace Lutheran
Church in Siguiri, Guinea.