Thursday, September 29, 2011

Another heads up fron the Synod regarding changes made in 2010

Election of Delegates to Circuit Forums
Prior to the 2010 LCMS convention, Circuit Forums (official gatherings of representatives of the congregations of a circuit) were required to meet prior to national Synod conventions to conduct essential convention-related business. This has not changed.


Circuit forums now must also meet prior to district conventions to handle two essential items of business:
  • Selection of a circuit counselor for the 2012-2015 triennium (for ratification by the convention)
  • Adoption of overtures for district convention consideration, including recommendations for synodwide mission and ministry emphases for the 2013-2016 Synod triennium
WITH DISTRICT CONVENTIONS BEGINNING AS EARLY AS JANUARY 2012, congregations must plan now to elect their circuit forum representatives (Synod Bylaw 5.3.2):
The circuit forum consists of a pastor of each congregation [of the circuit] and one member of each congregation designated by the congregation.
IT IS TIME FOR CONGREGATIONS TO SCHEDULE VOTERS MEETINGS to elect official circuit forum representatives.  Specific information regarding the business to be addressed by these circuit forums will be provided in future mailings.
Raymond L. Hartwig
LCMS Secretary

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