The Synod has been struggling with the issue of lay presidency at the Eucharist for some time. That said, the issue became more urgent after the 1989 action of the Synod to formalize what had been an oddity, that is, to recognize and give approval to what had been done as an aberration. Since that convention, the Synod has found itself divided between those who see licensed lay deacons fulfilling all the functions of the ordained as a wonderful opportunity, those who see it as necessary evil, and those who view it as heresy.
What began as a way of regularizing what had been done irregularly ended up opening the door to an unforeseen (at least by most) and an unexpected outcome. Instead of giving some formal status to the few instances in which lay men were functioning as pastors, the end result was opening the door to many more lay men, generally called licensed lay deacons, to serve in more and more circumstances in which it was either unlikely, inconvenient, or financially not viable for an ordained pastor to serve. So the emergency situations that were part of the package sold to the Synod in 1989 were vastly expanded over the last more than 20 years. No longer were the LLDs limited to specific ethnic outreach situations, inaccessible rural circumstances, and the like. The LLDs became the choice of many congregations who found it easier to replace the ordained with a mostly non-paid deacon who acted as pastor but without the formal education of ordained pastors and without ordination.
Many suggested that these individuals be ordained post haste and then to deal with the educational component of ministerial preparation. Some suggested that these LLDs be dispatched and the whole thing be considered an aberration best forgotten. Some believed that the ordinary way we train, certify, and ordain clergy be re-examined and the way we deal with LLDs serve as a model of downsizing and more localizing the overall training of pastors. Synod is set to take this up in a matter of weeks at the 2016 Convention. Here is a video that describes some of the proposed means of resolving what has been an unsatisfactory oddity every since 1989 -- treating the ministry as function and not as office, questioning the work of well-intentioned deacons either as invalid or illicit, and addressing those circumstances which occasioned that action of Synod in 1989.