2019 Synod Assembly Elections:
Synod Council Representatives (in good standing for a three year term)
- Southwest Mission District – Minister of Word and Sacrament (Includes Lake, Mid Gulf, Tampa, Sun Coast, Gulf Coast & Caloosa Conferences)
- Southeast Mission District – Lay Female (Includes Miami-Dade, Broward-Bahamas, Tradewinds & Space Coast Conferences)
- Southeast Mission District – Person of Color or Language other than English (PCLE) male or female, lay or Rostered Minister (Includes Miami-Dade, Broward-Bahamas, Tradewinds & Space Coast Conferences)
- North Mission District – Lay Male (Includes 1st Coast, Heart of Florida, Pinelands, Panhandle & Flagler-Volusia Conferences)
- North Mission District – Person of Color or Language other than English (PCLE) male or female, Lay or Rostered Minister (Includes 1st Coast, Heart of Florida, Pinelands, Panhandle & Flagler-Volusia Conferences)
- Youth – Male or Female – any mission district
Nominees for the youth position shall be 15-18 years of age AND be a rising 9th through 11th Grader in school at the time of election
After all the open positions on Synod Council are elected, the need for an at-large member, if any, will be identified and announced.
What do Synod Council Representatives do?
The Synod Council sees to it that the mission and vision of the Synod are lifted up and carried forward.
Mission: Share Christ, Make Disciples, Do Justice in the world.
Vision: To be deeply rooted in Christ, firmly grounded in Word and Sacrament, and joyfully sent for the sake of the world.
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:
- Trusteeship responsibilities on behalf of the synod
- Recommend program goals and budgets to meetings of the Synod Assembly
- Carry out the resolutions of the Synod Assembly
- Provide for an annual review of the roster of the rosters, receive and act upon recommendations regarding those persons whose status is subject to reconsideration.
- Issue letters of call to rostered persons
- Fill vacancies in elected positions until the next regular meeting of Synod Assembly
- Report its actions to regular meetings of Synod Assembly.
The Synod Council meets four times a year at various sites around the territory of the Synod.
Some years, there are positions on other committees open for nominations
What does the Consultation Committee Do?
The committee consists of 12 members, 50% clergy and 50% lay persons. They are elected by Synod Assembly for a term of six years. Members of this committee may be called upon by the Bishop when there are indications that a cause for discipline may exist of a clergy or layperson and before charges are made. The Bishop may wish to resolve the situation by consultation and would call upon the consultation committee for assistance. The Consultation Committee will advise the Bishop as to whether or not the Bishop should bring charges or other recommendations for the resolution of the controversy that would not involve proceedings before a discipline hearing committee. If requested by the Bishop, members of the committee also may assist, as representatives of the accuser, in the presentation of evidence and examination of witnesses before a discipline hearing committee. A member of the consultation committee may not be a member of the Discipline Committee.
What does the Discipline Committee do?
The committee consists of 12 members, 50% clergy and 50% lay persons. They are elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years. This committee serves as a hearing committee and may make recommendations relating to discipline of a rostered person or lay person according to ELCA and Synodical guidelines, to the Bishop or Synod Council. A member of the discipline committee may not be a member of the consultation committee.