Preparing for the 2012 District Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Now is the time to prepare for your 2012 District Convention. The first step is to find out the dates for your District Convention and then work backward from that, because there are a number of deadlines to be met far in advance of the convention. Those deadlines vary by district, but in all cases they are coming up fast, and most of them require action by congregational voters’ assemblies beforehand. Contact your pastor or circuit counselor, or your district office, newsletter, or website, to find out the deadlines for these actions:

Nominations for District President
Nominations for First Vice-President
Election of Lay Delegate and Alternate
Nominations for other district offices
Election of Circuit Forum Representative (prior to Circuit Forum)
Nominations for Circuit Counselor (prior to Circuit Forum)
Election of Circuit Counselor (at Circuit Forum)
Submission of overtures

The following rules (e.g., number of nominations) are based on what is in place in the Missouri District. While those details may also be true in most other districts, they could vary somewhat. Check with your pastor, circuit counselor, or district office for the specifics in your district.

Nominations for District President: Your congregation may nominate two ordained ministers.

Nominations for First Vice-President: Your congregation may nominate two ordained ministers.

Election of Lay Delegate and Alternate: Your congregation should elect a layperson who can attend the District Convention. That lay delegate, by attending the District Convention, will then be eligible, as one of your congregation’s two representatives, to vote electronically for Synod President, four weeks prior to the LCMS national convention in July of 2013.

Nominations for other district offices (e.g., Secretary, Treasurer, Board of Directors, and Committee on Nominations): This does not require congregational action. Individual members of congregations may submit recommendations for these various offices to the Committee on Nominations.

Election of Circuit Forum Representative: Your congregation should elect a layperson who can attend the Circuit Forum. This need not be the same person elected as your lay delegate to the District Convention, although it could be. The name of the circuit forum representative should be reported to your circuit counselor prior to the Circuit Forum (date set by circuit counselor).

Nominations for Circuit Counselor: Your congregation may nominate two ordained ministers. The form should be submitted to your circuit counselor prior to the Circuit Forum.

Election of Circuit Counselor: From the pool of the nominated pastors, the Circuit Forum shall elect a circuit counselor. That election will then need to be ratified at the District Convention.

Submission of overtures: Overtures may be submitted by congregations or by the Circuit Forum.

Each congregation and pastor should have a copy of the LCMS 2010 Handbook, which may also be found at the LCMS website (lcms.org). District Convention information, and perhaps also the District Bylaws, may be found at your district website.


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Preparing for the 2012 District Convention (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 9 Comments

  1. June 12-14th will be interesting days to watch. How will the Minnesota South District respond to this week’s actions?

  2. How will the Minnesota South District respond to this week’s actions?

    I’m glad you made the connection. Instead of simply moaning and groaning and grousing, lamenting after the fact, when a district makes a bad decision, we need to get involved ahead of time and take the necessary steps to get people into office who will make better decisions. That means being attentive to, and following through on, the mundane, nuts-and-bolts steps outlined above. It means doing your handbook devotions, showing up at voters’ assemblies and circuit forums, and the like–that’s what you have to do in order to change things. If you don’t like what a DP and a district BOD are doing, well, then get a better DP and a better BOD!

    We did a great job in getting a new Synod President and other officers in 2010. But if we sit back and ignore our DISTRICT in 2012, we are making a big mistake. In many ways, pastors and congregations “live” more at the district level than at the national level. The same type of effort and energy we put into the national convention in 2010, we now need to put into our district convention in 2012. And that starts . . . now.

  3. Don’t just kvetch, don’t just react after the fact, but get the like-minded people in your district together and settle on some names you’re going to nominate for DP, 1VP, BOD, and so forth. Then make sure the pastors and congregations in your circuit and your district actually do this.

  4. “Nominations for Circuit Counselor”

    This is the silliest part of the new procedure for electing the Circuit Counselor. Each congregation may nominate up to two pastors to serve as Circuit Counselor. (This is a carryover from the old procedure for selection of Circuit Counselors.) The District President, with the advice of the Board of Directors, may also make nominations in each circuit.

    Then the Circuit Forum gathers for the election. The first ballot at the Circuit Forum is a NOMINATING BALLOT that includes the name of every pastor in the Circuit able to serve. The Forum then uses only those pastors determined by the nominating ballot on the election ballot.

    Three rounds of nominations, but only the final one actually counts. This is the streamlined efficiency brought to us by the BRTFSSG!

  5. Charlie-
    you should note that some districts have different by-laws regarding the number of nominations that can be made. For example, in Northern Illinois a congregation may nominate only one man for District President and one man from their own region for Vice-President.

  6. @The Rev. BT Ball #5

    Ben, based on your helpful heads-up, I have put the following paragraph into my article above:

    The following rules (e.g., number of nominations) are based on what is in place in the Missouri District. While those details may also be true in most other districts, they could vary somewhat. Check with your pastor, circuit counselor, or district office for the specifics in your district.

  7. Is there a way for like minded (confessional) Lutherans from less confessional districts (like the SED or Atlantic) to find each other easily? Maybe like a Steadfast Lutherans message board?
    I’ve been a pastor in my district for less than a year so I don’t know who’s who or where!
    Any help?

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