Last Call for Convention Nominations! (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

October 7th, 2009 Post by

This Saturday, October 10, is the deadline for submitting nominations for the  various  officers, boards, and commissions to be elected at the convention in Houston.   Can you give this important matter an hour or two of your time between now and Saturday  and send in a nomination or three?    You need to look at a couple of pages of information  and fill out one form for each nominee and send it in.

Here  is information on  the Positions to Nominate. Note that varying numbers of positions are to be filled, in various categories, Ordained Ministers, Commissioned Ministers (e.g., teachers), and Laypersons.   Nominations are needed for the following positions:

LCMS Board of Directors
Board for District and Congregational Services
Board for Mission Services
Board for Pastoral Education
Board for University Education
Commission on Theology and Church Relations
Concordia Publishing House Board of Directors
Lutheran Church Extension Fund Board of Directors
Boards of Regents for the colleges and universities (Ann Arbor, Austin, Bronxville, Irvine, Mequon, Portland, River Forest, St. Paul, Selma, Seward) and the seminaries (Fort Wayne, St. Louis)

Here is information on the Desired Qualifications for the various positions, along with the names of the current officeholders, when their terms expire, and whether they are ineligible for reelection (*) to those same positions.

Now there are two ways to approach coming up with names for nomination. One is from the perspective of the position, asking yourself, “Who do I know, or know about, that would be good for that position?” The other approach is from the persective of the people you know, or know about, asking yourself, “What position would that person be good for?” Look at this task from either perspective or both, and you should come up with some good names.

So then you fill out the official Nomination Form 2010, one for every person you nominate. You can print out the form and fill it in by hand; or you can fill it in on your computer, but then you need to print it out. Either way, you need to snail-mail it in. (To be safe, try to have your submission postmarked by this Saturday, October 10; they might accept some nominations submitted beyond that, but you can’t be sure.)

You will want to fill out the form as fully as you are able, ideally, with your nominee’s: address and phone number; home congregation and pastor; district; circuit counselor; experience, qualifications, skills, etc. For ordained and commissioned ministers, you can look up some of this information at the Church Workers Directory. By the way, under “Classification,” you can click on a category and get all the names in the whole synod in that category, for example, all the Ordained Ministers. You can fairly quickly scan through that list and see which names jump out at you.

When you have filled out your nomination forms, then mail them in to the Committee for Convention Nominations, at the address given on the form. Remember, the deadline for submitting nominations is this Saturday, October 10.

Oh, one other thing: Even if the person you nominate doesn’t make it onto the ballot, that person you nominated is thereby automatically in the pool of names eligible for floor nominations in Houston, and that can end up being significant.

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  1. October 7th, 2009 at 14:28 | #1

    NOTA BENE: ANYONE can send in a nomination! Yes, that means you, individual layperson! You don’t have to be a pastor or congregation to send in a recommendation for nomination.

  2. October 7th, 2009 at 19:32 | #2

    fwiw, I’m willing to be nominated again (I’m also the lay delegate for the Valpo Circuit again…) this go-around, and I’m not to proud to troll for nominations! ;^) Since nominating one’s own self is probably both gauche and agin the rules, if you need my info, just email me…


  3. Jon E
    October 8th, 2009 at 08:46 | #3

    Can someone please confirm that the October 10 deadline refers to “postmarked by” rather than “received by”?

    The statement on seems unclear:
    “The deadline for submitting names and information for consideration by the Committee will be October 10, 2009.”

    Somewhere I got the impression that to be a valid nomination, all nominations forms must be RECEIVED by the Secretary of Synod by the end of the business day, October 10, 2009.

    An extra couple days to refine my nomination would be helpful, but I don’t want to take a chance on it being disqualified for being late.


  4. October 8th, 2009 at 09:14 | #4

    The bylaw ( simply states “shall be submitted to the committee no later than nine months prior. . . .” It does not say “shall be received by the committee.” So the bylaw refers to when the person submitting the form submits it.

    But just to be safe, it would be good to get those forms submitted ASAP. Also, since October 10 happens to be a Saturday, and Monday, October 12, is Columbus Day, a federal holiday, I’m guessing mail received on Tuesday the 13th should be OK.

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