For all of its history, our church has ordained men to the office of the public ministry. At our General Synod in 2015 a proposal to ordain both women and men was defeated. According to the constitution such a decision would need a two-thirds majority of those registered at Convention. The Synod, however, did not let the matter rest there. In a subsequent resolution your delegates voted, by a large majority, that the theologians of the church be requested to develop a draft doctrinal statement that presents a theological basis for the ordination of both women and men, and why this need not be church divisive.

Draft Doctrinal Statement

The draft doctrinal statement on ordination, together with a statement why the ordination of women should not be a church-divisive issue, is being considered in church-wide consultations from March to September 2017.

Download the Consultations booklet PDF

The booklet may also be ordered from the LCA National Office – email, phone (08) 8267 7300.

You are invited, along with all members of the LCA and the LCNZ, to join this conversation in person. Members of the CTICR and bishops will be travelling to a number of centres across Australia and New Zealand for these consultation meetings. All members of the LCA and LCNZ are encouraged to come along to listen and contribute, particularly those who are Synod delegates. This is an important conversation for our church, as we continue to grow in serving our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Please pray for those doing this work, the consultations and the church as we continue what has proven to be a very long and difficult conversation for us.

You will be invited to make comments on this website after the consultations have concluded.

Consultation Schedule

DistrictDate / TimeZone / RegionVenue
NSW-ACTTues 2 May, 2pm
Pastors Conference
Warrambui Retreat, Murrumbateman NSW
NSW-ACTSat 3 June, 9am
Riverina (Albury)
St Peter's Lutheran Church, Lavington, Albury NSW
NSW-ACTSun 4 June, 2pm
Riverina (Wagga Wagga)
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Wagga Wagga NSW
NSW-ACTSat 24 June, 9am
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lyons ACT
NSW-ACTSun 25 June, 2pm
Coastal South (Sydney)
St Paul's Lutheran Church, St Mary's NSW
NZSat 4 March, 11.30am
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Wellington NZ
NZTues 7 March, 9.30am
Church Workers' Conference
Sisters of Compassion Convent, Jerusalem, Whanganui NZ
NZSat 11 March, 11.30am
Palmerston North
St Luke's Lutheran Church, Palmerston North NZ
NZSat 18 March, 11.30am
Mountainside Lutheran Church, Auckland NZ
QldWed 31 May, 11am
Pastors Conference
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Caboolture Qld
QldSat 8 July, 9am
Peace Lutheran College, Cairns Qld
QldSun 9 July, 2pm
Sunshine Coast
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Buderim Qld
QldSun 16 July, 2pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Toowoomba Qld
QldSat 22 July, 9am
South BurnettSt John's Lutheran Church, Kingaroy Qld
QldSun 23 July, 2pm
Good News Lutheran Church, Middle Park Qld
SA-NTSat 1 April, 9am
Adelaide (Blair Athol)
St Paul Lutheran Church, Blair Athol SA
SA-NTSun 2 April, 2pm
Adelaide (Glenelg)
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Glenelg SA
SA-NTSun 23 April, 2pm
Zion Lutheran Church, Berri SA
SA-NTSun 7 May, 2pm
Barossa Valley
St Petri Lutheran Church, Nuriootpa SA
SA-NTFri 19 May, 11am
Pastors Conference
Lutheran Homes Inc., Hope Valley SA
SA-NTSun 28 May, 2pm
South East
St John's Lutheran Church, Naracoorte SA
SA-NTSun 25 June, 2pm
Eyre Peninsula Zone Day
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Port Lincoln SA
SA-NTSun 2 July, 10.30am
Alice Springs
Alice Springs Lutheran Congregation, Alice Springs NT
Vic-TasWed 2 August, 9.30am
Pastors Conference
Trinity Lutheran Church, Warrnambool Vic
Vic-TasSat 5 August, 9am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Hamilton Vic
Vic-TasSun 6 August, 2pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Horsham Vic
Vic-TasSat 9 September, 9am
Western Metro Melbourne
Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, Seabrook, Laverton Vic
Vic-TasSun 10 September, 3pm
North East
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Shepparton Vic
Vic-TasSat 23 September, 10am
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Traralgon Vic
Vic-TasSun 24 September, 1pm
Eastern Metro Melbourne
Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School, Croydon Vic
Vic-TasSun 1 October, 11.30am
St Peter's Lutheran Church, Hobart Tas
WAThur 2 March, 9am
Pastors Conference
St Paul's Lutheran Church, Albany WA
WASat 29 April, 9.30am
Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Morley WA


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