There is business that must take place -- like elections. Yet the elections have been aided by technology so that the time consuming business of printing up, marking, and tallying paper ballots has reduced the impact of voting for people on the overall agenda of any church convention. And there are rules -- we have our own Behnken rule in which we must alternate speakers pro and con even if the majority is clearly on one side or the other. But we also have business the fills the days and the hours with stuff that may not be all that urgent and the assembly shows it inattentiveness by grazing the vendor's candy supply and shopping for trinkets to take home. We are reminded when things go long that the cost of conventions is great -- thousands upon thousands of dollars an hour! But that is because we have farmed out everything from the venue to the sound systems (usually not so good) to companies that specialize in these things -- for a fee! Gone are the days when we assembled at a church owned campus or location. Even the much smaller district conventions meet at convention facilities and pay for the privilege. Because it is easier at least in the sense that things can be orchestrated.
The question before my own church body today is whether the church conventions have been so damaged by the COVID concerns and restrictions that all of 2021 is tainted and we must add a year to the convention cycle to make up for all the uncertainty. While it might be true that it would be difficult to do what we have done in modern times, I am not so sure it would be all that difficult to meet in a scaled down version of a convention -- without the extras and focused solely on the business at hand. But I don't make that decision -- the congregations of our church will. Curiously, those who feel it is too dangerous to meet as district are asking congregations to assemble for a specially called in person congregational meeting to vote on the delay -- shifting the risk from a couple of representatives from each congregation to the members of individual congregations! But our church leaders want to know what the folks think -- although every indication is that things will at least be better the last 6-8 months of.
By the way, if you think it unsafe for districts to gather in 2021, remember that the might brigade of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League IS planning to hold their national convention in 2021!
So it will be up to you, the folks in the parishes of the LCMS, to decide if it all needs to be post-poned (not whether it can be but literally whether it must be delayed another year). The bar is extremely low -- a simple majority of 25% of our congregations will make the decision. I hope an overwhelming majority will register a vote in this. I have my opinion as I expect you do as well. But no matter how that vote goes, we will still have to decide whether the high cost of meeting together is worth a scripted event or whether the business of the churches compels us to actually deliberate. As far as I can see it may not be possible for an eloquent and passionate voice to sway the Synod but it is certainly possible for such a well spoken individual to sway a convention. It has just been a long time since we gave such a voice the chance.