Schedule of 2012 District Conventions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

The 35 districts of the LCMS will hold their conventions during the year 2012, with the earliest in January (North Dakota) and the latest in July (Central Illinois).

So why is it important to know the date of your 2012 district convention now? Because there are important deadlines to be met far in advance of the convention. Nominations for district offices, election of lay delegates, submission of overtures, etc.–the due dates for these things may be up to five or six months before your convention. Check your district newsletter or website (there are links at the directory at lcms.org), or check with your pastor, circuit counselor, or district office to find out the deadlines for these various actions.

And these deadlines in turn require action by congregational voters’ assemblies, which therefore typically need to be held this fall. So while your particular district convention could be four to ten months away, right now is a good time to begin preparing.

I plan to write more in the next week or so on preparing for your district convention, so watch this space for a review of the procedures, which include some significant changes since last time.

Here is a link to a two-page pdf file of the schedule of the 2012 District Conventions. And the dates and districts look like this:

January 22–25: North Dakota

February 16–18: Southern Illinois

March 9–10: Northern Illinois

April 16–18: Minnesota North

April 18–21: South Dakota

April 20–21: Oklahoma

April 27–29: California-Nevada-Hawaii

May 10–12: Wyoming

May 31 – June 2: Southeastern

May 31 – June 2: New Jersey

June 3–5: Missouri

June 7–9: Kansas

June 7–9: Rocky Mountain

June 8–9: Atlantic

June 8–9: Nebraska

June 10–11: North Wisconsin

June 10–12: South Wisconsin

June 14–16: Minnesota South

June 14–16: New England

June 14–16: Ohio

June 14–16: Southern

June 15–16: Eastern

June 18–21: Montana

June 21–23: Texas

June 21–23: Northwest

June 22–24: Florida-Georgia

June 22–24: Mid-South

June 22–24: SELC

June 24–27: Iowa West

June 24–27: Michigan

June 27–29: Pacific Southwest

June 27–30: English

June 28–29: Indiana

June 29–30: Iowa East

July 8–10: Central Illinois


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Schedule of 2012 District Conventions (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 11 Comments

  1. One of the major changes involves voting for Synod President. Each congregation will get 2 votes for SP in spring 2013, before the next SYNOD convention. We will know who will be elected SP BEFORE the convention starts.

    The two individuals who will be casting votes are the individuals chosen as delegates ( 1 lay, 1 pastor) to next year’s DISTRICT conventions.

  2. jim_claybourn :
    One of the major changes involves voting for Synod President. Each congregation will get 2 votes for SP in spring 2013, before the next SYNOD convention. We will know who will be elected SP BEFORE the convention starts.
    The two individuals who will be casting votes are the individuals chosen as delegates ( 1 lay, 1 pastor) to next year’s DISTRICT conventions.

    So we must begin to look for confessional delegates. God grant that these men step forward when asked.

  3. Could some one please explain how one would get nominated as a church lay person in a church? Is this normally done at a voters meeting and someone will nominate somebody for this duty, or is this the responsibility of the pastor to just choose a delegate. Also when there is more than one pastor who decides which pastor is the representative for the church? I’ve been a member of our church for 25 years and have never really seen nor heard who our delegates were in the past. Would really like to have a more confessional delegate attend our conventions, but am not sure it will happen at our church if the pastor just delegates someone.

    Peace, Randy

  4. Randy Roerig :Could some one please explain how one would get nominated as a church lay person in a church?

    Randy, the nominations should show up as business at a voters meeting. If you or someone you know wants to serve and can take the time off, you should tell your Pastor and the congregation president so they know there may be other nominees. You also need someone at the meeting to make the nominations.
    In addition to what Pr. Henrickson shared, it’s probably the case that each congregation will elect both delegates and alternates. And it’s only those who actually attend the district convention that retain their right to vote for synod president.

  5. To save expenses a tri-parish in our area has a longstanding custom of sending only one lay delegate to the district convention on a rotational basis, though properly they are alloted three lay delegates and one pastoral delegate, since they are three separate congregations, but all served by one pastor. Such an informal rotational arrangement is probably common among many multi-parishes. However, there is now a new twist: Only those lay delegates ACTUALLY IN ATTENDANCE at the previous district convention can vote for Synodical President.

    The district secretary will report the delegates ACTUALLY IN ATTENDANCE and only they will be electors for the Synodical President. So it is essential that confessional congregations in multi-parishes EACH elect separate lay delegates who ALL actually attend the district convention. Otherwise confessional congregations would be unwittingly disenfranchised from the Synodical President election the following year — thinking they’re being good stewards by collectively sending only one delegate.

    This is the first time voting for President with this new system and EVERY VOTE is extremely important.

  6. A Beggar :

    So we must begin to look for confessional delegates. God grant that these men step forward when asked.

    ahem, does that include laywomen? There are a fair number who have served as delegates too.

  7. Thanks for the heads-up Charles…..and a bit of breakdown on the 35 districts:
    6 Districts have 4-day conventions (ND, SD, MT, IW, MI, and English)
    8 dist. have 2-day conv. (NI, OK, Atlantic, NEB, NWis, Eastern, IN, IE)
    21 districts have 3-day conv. (the rest!)

    24 Districts DO NOT HAVE their conventions running on a Sunday!!
    11 do.

    Of those 11, seven of them (ND, Missouri, NWis, SWis, IW, MI, and Central IL) begin on a Sunday (I’m presuming in the afternoon or evening which gives pastors and delegates time to arrive) and four of them (CA-NV-Hawaii, FL-GA, Mid-South and SELC) END on a Sunday. You draw your own conclusions here.

    When I came to the Kansas D. in 1995, our conventions ended on Sunday. A number of pastors and laymen worked to get this significant change.

  8. How many district presidents are not running or cannot run?

    Thus, how many districts will have new presidents for sure?

    Pastor Nathan Raddatz

  9. @Kebas #5
    Technically, as I’ve been told any number of times by various district and synodical officials, if you are an official multipoint parish (dual, triple, etc.) you are only *allowed* *one* lay delegate for all the congregations, not one each. I have never found anything in the synodical handbook or my district’s by-laws putting this in writing. I asked my own DP about that, and, back at our ’09 dist. convention, I asked the BRTFSSG guy, Rev. Greene, about that. No one has ever been able to find it in print and point me to it. I guess this is one of those “this is how we’ve always done it, and no one’s ever brought it up before” things.

    All that being said, that bit about being certified as SP voters by “actually in attendance” is a *VERY IMPORTANT REMINDER*. Thanks!

    Actually, if we can get that unwritten “rule” issue straightened out, that may help.

  10. @Tom in NJ #4
    As far as I know, how delegates are chosen is left to the individual congregation. It was another of those “goes without saying” (I’d love to have a vehicle that “goes without saying”–thanks, Phantom Tollbooth) things that doesn’t (go without saying) anymore–that is, that it took an action of the congregation’s voters’ assembly.

  11. Minnesota South District Convention will be June 14 – 16 (per the linked document) and not June 12 – 14 as mentioned in your article.

    (( Thanks for the correction; the post has been changed ))

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