From its beginnings as an assemblage of mid-nineteenth century immigrants from Germany, formally organized in 1847, the LCMS has affirmed that both pastors and those teachers who are formally certified for service in the church’s schools may be “called” as ministers of the Gospel. The entanglement of the LCMS’s understanding of minister with governmental definitions first became a serious matter at the outset of the Second World War, when Synodical officials had to exert considerable effort to have called teachers granted ministerial deferments from the draft.Read the rest of What’s the supreme question in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC?.
George C. Heider
George C. Heider is Associate Professor of Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology at Valparaiso University.
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