Commission on Theology & Church Relations

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) provides study documents, opinions and statements on theological issues. Established by the Synod in 1962, the commission provides guidance and leadership in the areas of theology and church relations.

The following CTCR document library includes reports, resources and evaluations concerning religious organizations and movements.

The Theology and Practice of Holy Baptism

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations has written a report on “An Inexpressible Treasure: The Theology and Practice of Holy Baptism.”

Through the doorway of Baptism, Christians are invited to participate in the Lord’s Supper, to read and study the Scriptures, and to care for one another as members of the Christian community.

Baptism gives the promise that Jesus will raise the faithful on the last day and encompasses all aspects of life in Christ.

President’s Recommendation     Report (PDF)

Report & Bible study:
‘The Royal Priesthood’

The Royal Priesthood: Identity and Mission

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison recommends a CTCR report and Bible study on “The Royal Priesthood: Identity and Mission,” which examines how we are spiritual priests by virtue of our Baptism.

Report (PDF)   Report (Epub)   Bible study

‘Confession & Absolution’

CTCR report on Confession and Absolution

Requested by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in convention, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations adopted a report on “Confession and Absolution.”


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The Commission on Theology and Church Relations document library includes the following:

  Reports: The CTCR brings matters of theology to the membership of the Synod through special studies and documents.

  Evaluations: The CTCR provides evaluations on a broad range of religious organizations and movements from a Lutheran theological perspective.

  Theological Opinions: Documents are prepared in response to a request for an opinion on a specific theological issue (e.g., from the president of the Synod, a district, board, commission or dispute resolution panel).



What is the CTCR?

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Our Mission

 Empowered by God’s Spirit through the means of grace, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations serves Christ’s church by providing theological guidance to pastors and congregations for retaining, confessing and proclaiming the Scriptural GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.

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