Established by The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1962, the commission provides guidance and leadership in the areas of theology and church relations. The CTCR provides reports, opinions, study documents, and statements on theological issues.


CTCR Library — LCMS Task Force Updates

Report topics include abortion and life issues, the service of licensed lay deacons, homosexual clergy in the Evangelical Church in America, and ministering to homosexuals and their families.

CTCR Library — LCMS Doctrinal Statements

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations has archived three historic yet timeless documents: C.F.W. Walther’s "Theses on the Ministry," a "Brief Statement of the Doctrinal Position of the Missouri Synod," and "A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles."

CTCR Library — Bible Studies and Discussion Guides

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations has compiled Bible study leader guides, participant guides, and presentation slides for pastors to use in guiding congregations through God’s Word while examining various church and societal matters.

CTCR Library — Social Issues and Citizenship

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations has issued reports, opinions, and Bible studies on the Lutheran view of church and state, racism, immigration, gambling, capital punishment, and the care of creation.

CTCR Library — Man and Woman in the Church

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Commission on Theology and Church Relations has issued reports and opinions on the order of creation, women and military service, women’s suffrage in the church, and the service of women in congregations and in synodical offices.

CTCR Library — Life Issues

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations has issued reports on abortion, reproductive ethics, cloning, human care, and end-of-life concerns and decisions.

CTCR Library — Lutherans & Other Christians

The LCMS Commission on Theology and Church Relations has produced reports and opinions on the Lutheran understanding of church fellowship, inter-Christian relationships, guidelines for church workers participating in civic events, and church relations in the 21st century.

CTCR Library — Marriage and Sexuality

The CTCR provides Scriptural perspectives to explain God’s design for human sexuality and marriage between one man and one woman. Topics also include divorce, remarriage and gender identity.