October 31, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The Nominating Committee of your Florida-Bahamas Synod is preparing the slate of elections for the 2012 Synod Assembly. In preparation for those elections, we ask your help in identifying nominees to fill these important positions.
|2012 Synod Assembly Elections:|
|Synod Council Officers (in good standing for a four year term)|
|Treasurer||Lay or Clergy||Jerry Johnson (I) eligible|
|Synod Council Representatives (in good standing for a three year term)|
|North Mission District||PCLE (Lay or Clergy) *||Pr. William Hamilton (I) eligible|
|North Mission District||Clergy|
|Southwest Mission District||Lay Female||Kris Wright (I) eligible|
|Southeast Mission District||Lay Male|
|Two Year Term|
|Youth Member Synod-wide||Lay Female|
|Note: After all the open positions on Synod Council are elected, the need for an At-large member, if any, will be identified and announced.|
|Consultation Committee – 4 positions, (all in good standing for a six year term)|
|Discipline Committee – 4 positions, (all in good standing for a six year term)|
|2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly Voting Members – 14 positions (Note:1)|
|Lay Male||Space Coast (4);
|Lay Female||Flagler/Volusia (5);
Caloosa (11) ;
First Coast (6);
Gulf Coast (15);
|Youth/LF||Heart of FL (8)|
|Synod Vice-president occupies the Broward-Bahamas (2) Lay voting member slot. (Note:1)|
|*A person of color or language other than English|
|Note 1: A reduction in total Churchwide Assembly voting member slots occurred in September 2011. Due to this reduction, the Synod Vice-president will occupy one of the lay positions which will rotate from conference to conference each year in which an election for Churchwide Assembly voting members occurs.
A completed Nomination Data Form must be received at Synod Office no later than February 28, 2012. After this deadline the Nominating Committee will work to assure that there are two nominations for each position. Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the assembly. You will find the Nomination Data and Essay Forms and a description of the elected positions on the synod’s website in the Synod Assembly 2012 section.<p >
The Nomination Data Form is position specific.
Your prayerful consideration of these opportunities for service is encouraged. Please be sure to promptly return your completed Nomination Data Form so that it may be considered by the Nominating Committee.
Yours in Christ,
Pr. Tom Slater, Chair
Synod Council Representatives
The Synod Council sees to it that the mission and vision of the Synod are lifted up and carried forward.
A Synod Council member shall be a voting member of a congregation of this synod. The term of office shall be three years. The Synod Council is the board of directors of the synod and serves as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly.
The functions of synod council are:
The Synod Council meets four times a year at various sites around the territory of the Synod.
The treasurer may be either a layperson or an ordained minister and shall provide and be accountable for: Management of the monies and accounts of this synod; its deeds, mortgages, contracts, evidences of claims and revenues; and trust funds, holding the same at all times subject to the order of this synod.
Specific guidelines for the Consultation Committee are contained in chapters S11.02 and S17.01 of the synod constitution, and in chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The committee consists of 12 members, half of whom are ordained ministers, and half laypersons. Both are elected by Synod Assembly for a term of six years without reelection. The Consultation Committee assists the bishop, when requested, in efforts to resolve a situation by consultation. Members of this committee may not serve concurrently on the Discipline Committee.
Specific guidelines for the Discipline Committee are contained in chapter S11.03 of the synod's constitution, and in chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The committee consists of 12 members, half of whom are ordained ministers, and half laypersons. Both are elected by synod assembly for a term of six years without reelection. Terms are staggered to provide for the election of two clergy and two laypersons every two years. The Discipline Committee assists the bishop, when requested, and serves as a hearing committee and may make recommendations relating to discipline of an individual to the bishop and/or Synod Council. . Members of this committee may not concurrently serve on the Consultation Committee.
Churchwide Assembly Voting Members –August,2013, Pittsburgh, PA
Persons chosen as voting members of the Churchwide Assembly are given the responsiblity of doing the work of the Churchwide Assembly on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They are not sent to participate as politicized delegates from some regional or agenda-specific caucus, as may be the case at a national party convention. They gather around Word and Sacrament to represent and serve on behalf of all of the members of the congregations in all of the synods of this one church.
The ELCA Churchwide pays for each voting member’s travel, lodging and food while at the assembly
The Churchwide Assembly, according to ELCA churchwide constitutional provision 12.21., must:
Assembly Vocabulary No Accident
It is important to note and remember that no delegates will be present for the assembly. Voting members are not delegates, as the term is used in the context of some meetings such as political conventions!
The terminology related to the legislative process of this church is no accident.
The words, “Synod Assembly” and “Churchwide Assembly,” rather than convention, and “voting members,” rather than delegates, were deliberately chosen for our governing documents. These words not only fulfill certain legal requirements but also reflect the ecclesial understanding that the three primary expression of this church—congregation, synod, and churchwide organization—exist and serve within this one church. The congregation does not meet in convention; the members gather in worship, carry out service, and assemble occasionally and properly for governance decisions and elections. The people of this church in each of the 65 synods are not sent as delegates from a given caucus; they are not gathered to act as some politicized delegates to a regional party convention. Rather, they assemble as duly selected members of this church with voting responsibilities for governance and elections on behalf of the synod. The Synod Assembly is just that, an assembly of the people of this church gathered around Word and Sacrament, some of whom have been granted the responsibility of being voting members of the Synod Assembly. The people of this church, when gathered as voting members of the Synod Assembly, have the responsibility of electing the voting members of the Churchwide Assembly. Persons so chosen are given the responsibility of doing the work of the Churchwide Assembly on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They are not sent to participate as politicized delegates from some regional or agenda-specific caucus at some national party convention. They gather around Word and Sacrament to represent and serve on behalf of all of the members of the congregations in all of the synods of this one church.
The vocabulary that we use both shapes and reflects our understanding of this church. When we recognize and understand that our “congregations find their fulfillment in the universal community of the Church, and the universal Church exists in and through congregations” (ELCA churchwide constitutional provision 3.02.), then our awareness of the significance of being voting members in a given assembly may grow. After all, as we declare of the “Nature of the Church,” the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America “derives its character and powers both from the sanction and representation of its congregations and from its inherent nature as an expression of the broader fellowship of the faith” (also ELCA churchwide constitutional provision 3.02.). Indeed, we together affirm and declare the primary principle of organization for our church, namely: “The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shall be one church” (ELCA churchwide constitutional provision 5.01.).
Travel, lodging and food expenses are paid by the ELCA for a voting member to this assembly.