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Nominations

The Nominating Committee of the Florida-Bahamas Synod is preparing the slate of elections for the 2021 Synod Assembly on September 17 to 19. In preparation for those elections, we ask your help in identifying nominees to fill these important positions.

To nominate yourself or another person, please start by clicking here.

Once nomination forms have been reviewed, a link will be emailed directly to the nominee. This link will allow them to provide biographical information. If you have any questions, please email nominations@fbsynod.org or call the Florida-Bahamas Synod office at 813-876-7660.

A completed Nomination Data Form must be received at Synod Office no later than August 1, 2021.

2021 Synod Assembly Open Positions

Vice-President
Layperson in good standing for a four-year term

Secretary
Rostered Minister or Layperson in good standing for a four-year term

Synod Council Representatives:

North Mission District – Rostered Minister (in good standing for a three-year term) AND Layperson Female (in good standing for a two-year term)

Southwest Mission District – Layperson Female (in good standing for a three-year term) AND Layperson Male (in good standing for a two-year term) AND PCLE* Rostered Minister or Layperson (in good standing for a two-year term)  *A person of color or primary language other than English.

Southeast Mission District – Layperson Male (in good standing for a three-year term) AND Rostered Minister (in good standing for a two-year term)

Youth – Any mission district (in good standing for a two-year term) – Nominees for the youth position shall be 15-17 years of age AND be a rising 9th through 11th Grader in school at the time of election.

ELCA 2022 Churchwide Assembly Voting Members:

Southwest Mission District – 1 Layperson Female, 1 Layperson Male, 1 Rostered Minister (Includes Lake, Mid Gulf, Tampa, Sun Coast, Gulf Coast & Caloosa Conferences)

Southeast Mission District – 1 Layperson Female, 1 Layperson Male, 1 Rostered Minister (Includes Miami-Dade, Broward-Bahamas, Tradewinds & Space Coast Conferences)

North Mission District – 1 Layperson Female, 1 Layperson Male, 1 Rostered Minister (Includes 1st Coast, Heart of Florida, Pinelands, Panhandle & Flagler-Volusia Conferences)

Each District is strongly encouraged to fill positions with a PCLE*, Youth (lay only) or Young Adult. (Youth – age 15 – 17 August 2022, Young Adult – age between 18-30 August 2022). *A person of color or primary language other than English. May be Rostered Minister or Layperson in good standing for service August 8-13, 2022.

Consultation Committee

4 positions (in good standing for a six-year term)
Layperson MaleMinister of Word & Sacrament Male, Layperson Female, and Minister of Word & Sacrament Female

Discipline Committee

4 positions (in good standing for a five-year term)
Layperson MaleMinister of Word & Sacrament Male, Layperson Female, and Minister of Word & Sacrament Female

1 position (in good standing for a three-year term)
Minister of Word & Sacrament Female

2 positions (in good standing for a 1-year term)
Layperson Male and Layperson Female

Southwest Mission District

  • Caloosa
  • Gulf Coast
  • Lake
  • Midgulf
  • Sun Coast
  • Tampa

North Mission District

  • Flagler-Volusia
  • First Coast
  • Heart of Florida
  • Panhandle
  • Pinelands

Southeast Mission District

  • Broward-Bahamas
  • Miami-Dade / Monroe
  • Space Coast
  • Tradewinds

Descriptions of Positions

Synod Vice-President

This position shall chair the Synod Council and Synod Executive Committee.  The Vice President shall perform such other duties as are assigned by the Synod Council or the bishop, in the capacity of president of the synod.  The Vice-President shall be a layperson, male or female, elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of 4 years and may be reelected.  Nominees will be asked to give 10-minute speech prior to first ballot.

Synod Secretary

This position shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the Synod Assembly and Synod Council, attest all instruments signed and sealed by the bishop, classify and arrange all important papers and documents and deposit them in the archives of this synod, and provide to the secretary of this church a certified list of the voting members elected by the Synod Assembly. The Secretary shall be a rostered minister or layperson, elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of 4 years, and may be reelected.

Synod Council Representatives

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.

Consultation Committee

The committee consists of 12 members, 50% Ministers of Word & Sacrament and 50% laypersons. 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 rostered minister 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.

Discipline Committee

The committee consists of 12 members, 50% Ministers of Word & Sacrament and 50% laypersons. 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 minister or layperson 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.

ELCA Churchwide Assembly - August 8-13, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio

The ELCA Churchwide Assembly is a time when the church:

  • Reviews work of churchwide officers and units and acts on their proposals
  • Reviews and considers proposals from synod assemblies
  • Establishes churchwide policy
  • Adopts a budget for the churchwide organization
  • Elects officers, board members
  • Establishes churchwide units
  • Sole authority to amend the constitution and bylaws

Churchwide Assembly Voting Members

Persons chosen as voting members of the Churchwide Assembly 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, 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 Voting Member’s lodging, food, and transportation are paid for by the ELCA. Sometimes there is a free afternoon or evening, and then the dinner is the responsibility of the voting member.

Voting at ELCA Churchwide Assembly

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 fulfil 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 fulfilment 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.).