Convention 2016: February deadlines approaching for nominations and overtures (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Convention 2016: February deadlines approaching for nominations and overtures

The deadlines are approaching for submitting nominations and overtures for this summer’s LCMS national convention (July 9-14 in Milwaukee). February 9 is the deadline for submitting congregational nominations for Synod President, First Vice-President, and other positions. February 20 is the deadline for congregations and/or circuit forums to submit overtures for the Convention Workbook. If your congregation (or circuit) has not yet done these things, now is the time to schedule the appropriate meetings.

NOMINATIONS DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 9

Several months ago, your congregation received official nominating ballots. Your congregation should meet to discuss and determine nominations for several offices, and the official nominating ballots need to be completed, signed, and submitted by February 9. Nominate for these offices:

* President
* First Vice-President
* Regional Vice-President
* Regional members of the Board for National Mission
* Regional members of the Board for International Mission

Also, for congregations in the East-Southeast, Great Lakes or Great Plains regions:
* Regional lay member of the Synod’s Board of Directors

Regional map

The United List

THE UNITED LIST, as usual, offers some helpful recommendations for nomination. You can find them here:

The United List for 2016 Congregational Nominations

PDF version of the United List for Congregational Nominations

UNITED LIST FOR CONGREGATIONAL NOMINATIONS in 2016

KEY: *= Incumbent; ( ) = District; Rev.= pastor or other ordained minister; Tchr.= teacher or other commissioned minister; Dcs.= deaconess; Dr.= earned Ph.D., M.D., etc.; Atty.= attorney or judge.

PRESIDENT – enter both candidates on ballot
Rev. Matthew Harrison*, Ballwin, MO (MO)
Rev. Herb Mueller, Jr. , Waterloo, IL (MO)

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT – enter both candidates on ballot
Rev. Herb Mueller, Jr*, Waterloo, IL (MO)
Rev. Scott Murray, Houston, TX (TX)

VICE-PRESIDENTS TWO TO SIX
Great Lakes: Rev. John Wohlrabe*, Saint Francis, WI (SW)
Great Plains: Rev. Nabil Nour*, Sioux Falls, SD (SD)
West-Southwest: Rev. Scott Murray*, Houston, TX (TX)
East-Southeast: Rev. Christopher Esget*, Alexandria, VA (SE)
Central: Rev. Daniel Preus*, Saint Louis, MO (MO)

LCMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lay-Great-Lakes: Atty. James W. Carter*, Arlington Heights, IL (NI)
Lay-Great-Plains: Atty. Larry Harrington, Casper, WY (WY)
Lay-East-Southeast: Keith Frndak*, Saxonburg, PA (EA)

BOARD FOR NATIONAL MISSION
Ord/Com – Great Lakes: Rev. David C. Fleming, Grand Rapids, MI (MI)
Ord/Com – Great Plains: Rev. Steven C. Briel*, Corcoran, MN (MNS)
Ord/Com – West-Southwest: Rev. Alfonso Espinosa*, Lake Forest, CA (PSW)
Ord/Com – East-Southeast: Rev. Timothy J. Droegemueller*, Cumming, GA (FG)
Ord/Com – Central: Tchr. Martha J. Milas*, Champaign, IL (CI)
Lay – Great Lakes: Robert Knox, Geneva, IL (NI)
Lay – Great Plains: Carla M. Claussen*, New Brighton, MN (MNS)
Lay – West-Southwest: Carol Hack Broome, Santa Clara, CA (CNH)
Lay – East-Southeast: Julia Habrecht*, Alexandria, VA (SE)
Lay – Central: Dr. Gary Quick*, Edmond, OK (OK)
Lay – Central: Ernest E. Garbe*, Dieterich, IL (CI)

BOARD FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSION
Ord/Com – Great Lakes: Rev. David P. Stechholz, Livonia, MI (EN; cong. in MI district)
Ord/Com – Great Plains: Rev. Bernhard M. Seter*, Grafton, ND (ND)
Ord/Com – West-Southwest: Rev. Samuel Cosby, Houston, TX (TX)
Ord/Com – East-Southeast: Rev. Juan A. Gonzalez*, Lehigh Acres, FL (FG)
Ord/Com – Central: Rev. John F. Temple*, Saint Charles, MO (MO)
Lay – Great Lakes: Atty. K. Allan Voss*, Sheboygan, WI (SW)
Lay – Great Plains: Robert Van Gundy*, Saint Paul, MN (MNS)
Lay – West-Southwest: Terence Lung, Sunnyvale, CA (CNH)
Lay – East-Southeast: James Wolf, Presto, PA (EN; cong. in EA district)
Lay – Central: Dr. Kristine Bruss, Topeka, KS (KS)

OVERTURES DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 20

Congregations and/or circuit forums may submit overtures to the Convention Workbook. These are the “Whereas” and “Resolved” proposed resolutions that will be taken into consideration by the various floor committees for possible action on the convention floor.

Overtures on important issues are helpful to give the floor committees material to work with. For example, congregations and circuits could submit overtures on issues such as these: phasing out licensed lay deacons; tightening and upgrading the Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) program; strengthening Lutheran identity at our Concordias; reforming the Dispute Resolution Process (DRP) and doctrinal discipline; rescinding 2004 Res. 3-08A on the service of women; etc.

If your circuit has not yet scheduled a forum for considering overtures, talk to your pastor and your circuit visitor.

For all questions about convention procedures, contact the office of the Synod Secretary, Raymond Hartwig.

Your “one-stop-shopping” page for further information and links on things convention is this: National LCMS Convention


Comments

Convention 2016: February deadlines approaching for nominations and overtures (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 6 Comments

  1. The 2016 campaign for President of the LCMS is in full swing since President Harrison told the Board of Directors in November (p. 125) that “the Synod is remarkably calm for a convention year.”

    While nominees for the incumbent’s token opposition have not been named yet, it’s possible there may be a repeat of 2013, when the candidates for LCMS President included Rev. “Dr.” Matthew C. Harrison, Rev. “Dr.” Herbert C. Mueller Jr., and Rev. “Dr.” David P.E. Maier.

    Among the three 2013 candidates were six honorary doctorates, which bizarrely are listed under “Education” in the synodical biographies for Harrison and Mueller and Maier’s district biography.

    With all those honorary degrees, another suggestion as a candidate for synodical president is to nominate the oldest ordained member of the Missouri Synod — a sort of honorary candidate.

  2. @Carl Vehse #1

    With all those honorary degrees, another suggestion as a candidate for synodical president is to nominate the oldest ordained member of the Missouri Synod — a sort of honorary candidate.

    As long as it’s understood as “honorary”….

    I don’t think that any “honorary” doctorate should be listed under ‘education’.
    Perhaps it shouldn’t be listed at all.

    I know Prof. Kurt Marquart had an honorary, having spoken at a CU graduation, but he did not want it used. If you could earn a doctorate by life experience and accomplishment, he deserved one!

    Men who brag that they are “not theologians” should not at the same time expect to be addressed as “Doctor”. 🙁

  3. @Carl Vehse #1
    Well having an honorary degree is better than not having one at all. Don’t think Lay-East-Southeast: Keith Frndak*, Saxonburg, PA (EA) has a college degree at all and certainly not a master or doctorate degree; not even an honorary degree like many of the other leaders of the synod.

  4. @Tileman Hesshusius #3: “Well having an honorary degree is better than not having one at all.”

    And with better odds than Powerball, a LCMS pastor or a SP nominee may be able to pick up an honorary “Doctor of Divinity” certificate from the English District… or perhaps other districts. Past English District newsletters have noted such certificates given out by former English DP, the Rev. Dr. David P. Stechholz, who also got his “Doctor of Divinity” title from the English District in 2008. Nominations are submitted by congregations and voted on by District officials. What?! You haven’t sent your nomination form to the English District for your “Doctor of Divinity” title yet? Of course, in a rush, there’s always an online diploma mill doctorate, which also may be better than not having one at all.

  5. @Tileman Hesshusius #3

    Well having an honorary degree is better than not having one at all.

    No, it’s not. “Honorary degrees” merely indicate that a synodical official is on a cheap ego trip. They are commonly the reward for a commencement speech, or just given because the DP is ‘ex officio’ of a CU board and says he wants one.

    It makes a mockery of men who work for years to earn their scholarly honors and have the knowledge they represent.

    Don’t think Lay-East-Southeast: Keith Frndak*, Saxonburg, PA (EA) has a college degree

    There are still occupations which don’t require college degrees, and a layman doesn’t need a theological degree, although one hopes he’s done some independent study if he is working for the church.

  6. @helen #5
    I never said that a layman should have a theological degree to serve in the church especially on the BOD. Just a degree of some sorts, an advance degree would be nice. Heck, you need a degree to be a manager at Walmart nowadays.
    Carl Vehse: English district might be handing out certificates to folks who have prescribed to best practices of firing pastors from their calls. Oh, add Eastern a District to that list too.

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