Dr. Wohlrabe’s 1987 essay, “The Americanization of Walther’s Doctrine of the Church” (28 pages) appeared in Concordia Theological Quarterly, and is now available here.
“Servant Captains for the Good Ship Missouri” is now available here as a .pdf download. Thanks to Christian News for providing a copy of this booklet which they mailed to all 2007 delegates.
This 122 page booklet contains much of the information already available here – articles by Dr. Wohlrabe himself, as well as endorsements and testimonials from others.
Take note that the formatting of this file was made for a printed booklet, so when you read it online you need to alternate pages.
The following are suggestions from Dr. Wohlrabe on what course corrections are needed for the “good ship Missouri” (gleaned from “Navigating a Course…”)
1. Conserve and Promote Unity of Doctrine and Practice
2. Return to a Mission Emphasis That Is Congregationally Focused
3. Renew Emphasis on the Office of the Holy Ministry
4. Return to a Democratic Synodical Polity
– Focus more on ordained missionaries establishing new congregations; focus less on individual witnessing and contacts
– Less presidential appointments, more elections to key offices
– Trim synodical bureaucracy to better fund education and missions
– De-emphasize district/synodical offices:
– Impose term limits
– Cap salaries
– Require some ministerial connection to a congregation
For the first time on the internet, and now available:
One of Dr. Wohlrabe’s must-read papers is his “Navigating a Course for the Good Ship Missouri“. This lays out his prescription for just how to “right the ship”.
Another helpful piece is Wohlrabe’s history of the LCMS entitled, “How We Got Into This Mess“