church, synod, congregations, synodical organization, delegates, convention
Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep
A synod is not a divine institution, but a voluntary organization. Nowhere is there a Scriptural command that congregations must unite. Of course, we have the Scriptural example, Acts 15, of the first convention of delegates from congregations which assembled at Jerusalem.
Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)
Acts 20:28; Matthew 18:17; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31;
Laity; Ministers; Scholars
Behnken, J. W.
"The Pastor and Synod,"
Concordia Theological Monthly: Vol. 8, Article 79.
Available at: https://scholar.csl.edu/ctm/vol8/iss1/79