- Districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod(LCMS) is organized into 35 districts, 33 of which are defined along geographic lines. Each district has a presidentwho oversees the congregations in his district, which are further subdivided into local circuits. The position of president is roughly analogous to the role of bishopin many church bodies, but LCMS doctrine firmly supports congregationalist polityas opposed to hierarchical governance.
Districts choose their own district presidents at their triennial conventions from among the
pastors in the district. In some districts the district president occupies a full-time position, while in others he continues to serve as pastor in a congregation.
The 35 district presidents plus the President of Synod form the Council of Presidents (COP). Among other things, the COP places graduates from the two LCMS seminaries as pastors in congregations which have requested such a candidate. If a congregation desires an experienced pastor to fill a vacancy, the district president may suggest a list of possible candidates (gleaned from interactions with the COP as well as other sources), but the district president does not assign pastors in this case; the congregation extends a "call" directly to the pastor.
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod districts
*Atlantic — "covers the eastern half of
New Yorkstate, i.e., New York City, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, and the Capital District."
*Central (no longer exists) - "One of the original districts, it was divided into the Indiana District and the Ohio District"
*Eastern — "one of the original four districts of the LCMS, through the process of division now covers only western
New Yorkstate and most of Pennsylvania
*English — "a non-geographical district comprising the congregations of the former English Synod"
*Indiana — "the state of
Indianaplus a portion of Kentucky."
*Mid-South — "
Arkansas, Tennessee, and southern Kentucky"
*Northwest — "
Washingtonstate, Oregon, and Idaho"
*Ohio — "
Ohio, West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky"
*Pacific Southwest — "southern
California, Arizona, and southern Nevada"
*Rocky Mountain — "
Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and El Paso County, Texas"
*SELC — "non-geographical district comprising the congregations of the former Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church"
*Southeastern — "covers
South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and York and Adams Counties in Pennsylvania.
*Southern — "
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle"
*Texas — "the state of
Texasexcept for El Paso County"
* [http://www.lcmsdistricts.org Districts of the LCMS]
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