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The image of the pastor or religious leader, his authority, function and role, is currently a lively topic for discussion, as church groups merge and emerge, as clergy are robed and disrobed, as town and gown and church and state issues erupt and disrupt the peace of the church and the parish. Therefore this translation of Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther's essay, Das Gemeindewahlrecht, delineating the voting rights of the congregation, appears at an appropriate time. The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has not been


lutheran church--missouri synod, government, clergy, appointment, call, election


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Submission Type

Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Acts 14:24; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:12; Ephesians 4:8, 11; Ephesians 5:23-32; Galatians 4:26; Hosea 2:19-20; John 3:24; John 3:29; Matthew 16:15-19; Matthew 18:17-18; Matthew 22: 1-14; Matthew 25:1-13; Matthew 9:15; Psalm 45: 10; Psalm 68:13; Revelation 19:16; Revelation 19:7; Revelation 22:17; Romans 3:2; Romans 3:9; Romans 9:4;

Submission Audience

Laity; Ministers; Scholars

Submission Cost


The Congregation's Right to Choose Its Pastor