District Convention Delegate/Alternate Delegate Elections
With district conventions beginning as early as January 2012, congregations are already in the process of electing delegates and alternate delegates—always an important responsibility.
IMPORTANT CHANGE: District convention delegates also will cast their congregations’ votes in the national election of the President of the Synod, as required by Synod Bylaw 188.8.131.52:
Four weeks prior to the national convention, the Secretary of the Synod, using lists of delegates in attendance at the prior year’s district conventions as submitted by the secretaries of the districts, shall provide, via a secure and verifiable method, opportunity for two voting delegates from each congregation in attendance at the previous district conventions who remain members of the congregations they represented to vote for one of the candidates for President....
AS CONGREGATIONS CHOOSE THEIR DELEGATES to their district conventions, they should note:
- Congregations can only participate in the 2013 vote for Synod President if they elect delegates.
- Delegates will only be permitted to participate in the vote if they attend their district conventions.
- While the electronic voting system to be used in the election of President will be user-friendly, some familiarity with and access to a computer and the Internet on the part of delegates will be helpful.
Raymond L. Hartwig, LCMS Secretary
Judging from the several districts and some 33 years of district conventions, finding delegates and alternates is not always an easy thing to do. The last time I had to cajole someone into serving as delegate (it ended up being something I might have more of a chance of convincing than others -- my own adult son!) Often these conventions end up being hardly more than rah rah sessions in which little of substance is handled. Often the things that appear to be of little consequence end up being large issues later.
If you are a member or a Pastor of the LCMS, this is your wake up call. District Conventions and their delegates have been given larger responsibilities in the last Synod Convention. It is now even more critical that you have a lay delegate and alternate and that one of them attend the District Convention....
Just a heads up....