Convention 2013: Nominating for various positions, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

St. Louis, July 20-25, 2013

In a previous post, “Convention 2013: Electing delegates, by October 20,” I outlined the steps for electing delegates to the national convention. Those elections have been happening at the circuit forums, and they will all have been wrapped up by October 20. Another convention procedure that has an October 20 deadline is submitting nominations for various elected positions. I’ll explain that procedure now.

The convention will be electing dozens of people to many offices, boards, and commissions. While these positions are not as “high-profile” as Synod President or Vice-Presidents, nevertheless, they are important and influential in the working and direction of our Synod: Secretary of the Synod; LCMS Board of Directors; Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR); Boards of Regents for our Seminaries and Universities–and more.

How are the names gathered for consideration to appear on the ballot? Through the Committee for Convention Nominations. And they solicit names to be recommended. That’s where you come in. You may nominate individuals to these positions. But that requires a little work and research. You need to know: Which positions are open? Are the nominees to be ordained, commissioned, or lay? Do I know persons who would be “good fits” for any of these positions? Would they be willing to serve? Do I have some biographical information on them? All of that work needs to be done in order to nominate. And then the proper forms need to be filled out and submitted BY OCTOBER 20. That’s only a week and a half away! So if you want to nominate someone, you need to get on that right away.

At this page, Convention Nominations, you can find the necessary information and forms: the Convention Nomination Process; the Nomination Form; the Nominee Bio Form; the Incumbent Form; the Evaluation Form; the list of Convention Positions to be filled; and the Common Qualifications. (Also, Secretary Hartwig has sent out a Convention Procedure Update on 2013 Convention Nominations.) So you can see, this process requires a little thought and research.

But you may know pastors, teachers, or laypeople who would serve well on a certain board or commission, people who are competent and confessional. And even if the person you recommend is not nominated for that particular position, just by “getting their name in the hopper,” you are giving the Committee more names to work with. And so, that person could end up being nominated for another position–or they could even be floor-nominated at the convention itself. But only if that name has been properly submitted . . . BY OCTOBER 20.


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Convention 2013: Nominating for various positions, by October 20 (by Pr. Charles Henrickson) — 3 Comments

  1. Since the Bio form and Evaluation form require a Nominee ID number, aren’t those merely copies of forms that will be sent out by the nomination committee as they further consider nominees rather than forms that we need to send in by the 20th? I think the only form that we need to worry about at the moment is simply the nomination form.

  2. The only form the person doing the nominating needs to fill out is the nomination form. Once the Synod receives that form, they then send out a form to the nominee to fill out, and they want that form returned by October 15, which seems to be a rather anachronistic demand, since the nominations aren’t due until the 20th. In other words, time is of the essence.

  3. I found out today from the Secretary of Synod’s office that the forms that are due Oct 20th can be emailed or faxed.

    The fax numbers are 314-996-1119 or 314-996-1016. The email is [email protected].

    This makes things a little easier and faster.

    God’s Blessings,
    Ginny Valleau

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