Voting Members*

 to the Central States Synod Assembly

June 6-8, 2019 at the Marriott, Overland Park, KS

 

The Synod Assembly is the highest legislative authority of the synod and is charged with electing members to the Synod Council, other synod committees and Churchwide voting members when needed, voting on a budget and other resolutions that are presented to the assembly. 

 

  • At least 60% shall be lay persons who are voting members of a congregation in the synod. 

  • A minimum of two lay members, one male and one female, shall be elected or appointed by each congregation as voting members.  Additional lay voting members from congregations shall be on the basis of the number of baptized members. 

  • In the event a congregation is unable to adhere to the requirement of sending one male and one female lay voting member (for example, sending two lay males) they may request a waiver which must be filled out and sent to the synod office by March 1 and approved by the Synod Council.  (A waiver is not required if only one lay voting member is able to attend.)

  • Congregations may send additional voting members provided that the person is a youth or a person of color or whose primary language is other than English.

  • Authorized worshipping communities shall have only one lay member as a voting member at the assembly.

  • All rostered ministers under call on the roster of the synod shall be voting members.

  • Retired rostered ministers and those who are on leave from call may be voting members as long as 60% of the assembly voting members remain lay persons.

  • Parish Ministry Associates serving as lay pastoral leaders for congregations by the authority of the bishop shall be voting members of the assembly. 

  • Officers of the synod, as well as Synod Council members who are not serving as lay voting members of their congregations, shall be voting members of the assembly. 

 

*For complete information please review the Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions of the Central States Synod, sections S7.21. to S7.33.

 

Central States Synod Assembly 2019:

 

Because this year is a Bishop’s Election and only registered voting members may vote, please note the following important reminders.

 

  1. It is important than all voting members register by May 24, 2019, two weeks prior to the assembly. If you have not received an E-mail confirming your registration, you may send an inquiry to assembly@css-elca.org to verify your registration.
     

  2. After registration, should you need to substitute a voting member, the following form (voting member change form) must be filled out and sent in one week prior to assembly.
     

  3. An individual who has not previously registered may register on-site. However, they will not be able to vote in the next plenary session on the schedule of the assembly in order to give staff time to verify their voting member status and registration.

 

Voting Member Information and Numbers

Voting Member Waiver Form

Voting Member Change Form