Each year the voting members of the Synod Assembly elect people who have been nominated to various positions, such as members of the Synod Council. Ultimately, the voting members of the Assembly are responsible for the nominations, but they are assisted by members of congregations, area ministry leaders, and the Nominating Committee. There are two stages to the nominating process, one before the assembly and one at the assembly. All Synod Council positions (except the youth positions) require a background check and therefore nominees need to submit a disclosure form along with the nomination form.
Early in the calendar year, the Nominating Committee works with area ministries to fulfill its responsibility as described in the synod bylaws (S9.03.04). Nomination forms are to be submitted to the synod office no later than April 15, 2019.
The chair of the Nominating Committee is Pat Bjuland, Atonement Lutheran Church, Overland Park, KS.
At the assembly
Nominations may also take place at the assembly as described in the synod bylaws (S9.03.05). People nominated from the floor need to provide information requested on the biographical form and in some cases, a disclosure form.
Participating in the Process
Whether you are a voting member of the assembly or not, if you have questions about how you can participate in the nominating process or would like to suggest someone for nomination, please contact your pastor, the chair of the Nominating Committee, Pat Bjuland, or Susan Candea at the synod office (913-948-9701 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the following positions:
Synod Council Officers
Vice-President (4-year term; lay)
Treasurer (4-year term, lay or clergy)
Secretary (4-year term, lay or clergy)
Synod Council Members
Lay male (3-year term)
Lay female person of color (3-year term)
Deacon, female (3-year term)
Youth, lay male (2-year term)
Consultation Committee (six-year terms)
Male or Female Clergy
Discipline Committee (six-year terms)
Male clergy (two open positions)
Responsibilities for Synod Council which members:
Council shall be the board of directors for the synod and serve as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly
attend council meetings, ordinarily three times a year
serve as a member of their area ministry executive committee
Rostered ministers of word and service (Deacons) may be nominated for any "lay" position as long as they meet the requirements for the position.
* The term "persons of color and/or person whose primary language is other than English" (PC/L*) is understood to mean African American, black, Arab, and Middle Eastern, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Native people.
The term "youth" means a voting member of a congregation who has not reached the age of 18 at the time of election. The term "young adult" means a voting member of a congregation between the ages of 18 and 30 at the time of election.
It is the goal of this synod that at least 10 percent of the voting members of the Synod Assembly, Synod Council, committees and organizational units of this synod be youth and young adults. (S6.04.B09. Adopted by 2009 Churchwide Assembly)
The functions of the consultation and discipline committees are outlined in Chapter 20 of the ELCA Constitution and Chapter 17 of the Central States Synod Constitution.