Like many parts of the LCANZ, ALC has been struggling financially for some time. Low student numbers, increased expenses and a decrease in external funding all mean that the college, like many congregations and parishes, is needing to reorganise itself.
Late last year Lutheran Archives was faced with the prospect of having no employees for 2022, due to staff leaving to follow new opportunities and director Rachel Kuchel set to go on maternity leave. However, God had the situation in hand, and three exceptionally talented archivists have now joined.
Some Queensland Lutherans would know at least a little about new LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith, who served as their district bishop between 2015 and 2021. But many in our church may not have heard the incredible and inspiring story behind the faith journey of our sixth churchwide leader.
The 20th General Synod elected Pastor Paul Smith as the LCANZ’s next bishop and Pastor Neville Otto as the assistant bishop. Delegates also elected the General Church Board to serve the LCANZ for the 2021-24 synodical term.