They’ll Be In the Mail
As conventions season approaches, we are faced with a bit of a Synod-wide dilemma. How shall our congregations become informed in a timely manner of convention- and election-related changes made by the 2010 convention, some of which are very significant?
Usual Channels of Information
District presidents surely will want to share some of this information at Fall Professional Workers Conferences, which will then be shared with congregations by the pastors and teachers. And circuit counselors surely will want to keep pastors and congregations informed in their circuits.
To facilitate this sharing of information, the Council of Presidents has set aside a bloc of time during its September 2011 meeting to review the changes that have taken place. District presidents will want to provide this information to their circuit counselors for distribution on the congregation level.
But will this provide enough notice? And will it be timely enough to enable all 6,000-plus congregations of our Synod to actively participate, especially since some of the changes have almost immediate consequences as 2012 district conventions approach?
Unusual Channel of Information
As Secretary of the Synod, I hope to lend my hand to this communication effort. With the help of my staff and others, I am putting together a mailing campaign that hopefully will provide timely information directly to congregations to help make certain that no congregation is left unaware.
On September 1, the first in a series of 18 5 ½ x 8 ½ postcard mailings (clearly labeled as official business) will be mailed to all congregations, circuit counselors, and district presidents. These mailings will provide the information they need to know at the time they will need to know it. An article in the September Reporter will alert the Synod to the receipt of these mailings over the next 20 months.
The first postcard, calling congregations’ attention to “District Convention Delegate/Alternate Delegate Elections,” will describe the change in the manner in which the President of the Synod will be elected beginning in 2013—by direct participation by the congregations of the Synod. The postcard will call attention to the important rules for participation.
The second postcard, calling attention to congregations’ need to elect their representatives to their circuit forums (which must take place prior to their 2012 district conventions) is scheduled to be mailed on September 15. The third, scheduled for September 30, will address the new process by which the 2012 circuit counselor nominations and elections must take place.
Becoming-the-Usual Channel of Information
The recognition behind the mailings is that the U.S. Mail is still the most dependable method at this time to make certain that every congregation is reached. However, recognizing that the Internet is the preferred source of information for increasing numbers of people, the content of the postcards will be posted on the Synod’s Website at www.lcms.org/convention/procedureupdates following each mailing.
|Print article||This entry was posted by Ray Hartwig on August 22, 2011 at 8:25 am, and is filed under Ray's Posts. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.|
about 7 months ago - Comments Off on Protocol Agreement Signed between LCP and LCMS
President Reyes and President Harrison Sign Protocol Document On 8 June 2016, The Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP) and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) signed a protocol agreement. The LCP was a mission start of the LCMS after World War II. The church became a self-governing partner church in 1967. The LCP has about…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on Lutheran Church of Nigeria Biennial Synod Convention
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria is holding its Biennial Synod Convention from Wednesday, January 6, 2016, to Sunday, January 10, 2016 in Obot Idim. The 2016 Convention marks the 80th anniversary of The Lutheran Church of Nigeria, founded in 1936 by LCMS Missionaries. The Convention theme: Christ Lives in Me, For Life Together based upon…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on ELS-WELS-LCMS Informal Discussion Report December 2015
On 8 December 2015, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod simultaneously released a report on the informal discussions that have been occurring between the three Synods between 2012-2015. (ELS Release, LCMS Release, and WELS Release same as the document listed above). The LCMS also released a Reporter Story…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on LCMS and NALC Representatives Meet in St. Louis
(Back Row Left to Right): Dr. Joel Lehenbauer (LCMS), Bishop John Bradosky (NALC), Rev. Larry Vogel (LCMS) (Front Row Left to Right): Rev. John Pless (LCMS), Dr. Albert Collver (LCMS), Rev. Mark Chavez (NALC), Rev. Paull Spring (NALC), Rev. David Wendel (NALC) 9 – 10 September 2015, Saint Louis, MO Representatives of the Lutheran Church-Missouri…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on News from Africa: Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania
23 August 2015 Several news items from Africa this past week in Ghana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. GHANA AND THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF GHANA Last Sunday, 16 August 2015, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana (ELCG) held a conference on same sex marriage and homosexuality in Africa. The conference was broadcast on Ghana Television (GTV).…
about 1 year ago - 1 comment
Pictured (left to right): Hjalmar Bø, Øyvind Åsland, Albert Collver On 19 August 2015, Øyvin Åsland, Executive Director of Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM), and Hjalmar Bø, Director NLM International Department, came to Saint Louis to visit with the Missouri Synod and to learn more about the International Lutheran Council (ILC). The Norwegian Lutheran Mission (NLM)…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on Deaconess Conference for Lutheran Church of Nigeria
The Lutheran Church of Nigeria held a deaconess conference with the LCMS on the theme, “Deaconesses in Mission.” Approximately 200 women attended. The women were very eager to join the conference. Deaconess Grace Rao spoke about the role of women in the church. Dr. Collver reflected on the Lutheran Church of Nigeria’s Theme, “Christ Lives in…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on Introduction to the Lutheran Church of Nigeria and JEMS
The Lutheran Church Of Nigeria (LCN) was the LCMS’ first African mission start. The church began in 1936 in Uyo, Obot Idim. Archbishop Christian Ekong in the video above outlines some basic information about the Lutheran Church of Nigeria and speaks about the challenges of needing to train 100 pastors immediately at the Jonathan Ekong…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on Attending WELS Convention
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) held their 63rd biannual convention at the Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, MI, from 27-30 July 2015. The Convention theme was “One in Christ.” The Wisconsin Synod invited LCMS observers to attend. The WELS convention is reminisce of how the Missouri Synod used to conduct their conventions. For instance,…
about 1 year ago - Comments Off on Mekane Yesus Fellowship and Ethiopian LCMS Annual Pastors Conference
LCMS individuals meet with the Mekane Yesus Fellowship board and LCMS pastors who originally came from the EECMY. The Ethiopian LCMS Annual Pastors’ Conference and the Mekane Yesus Fellowship Board meet at the Saint Peter and Saint Paul Retreat Center in Newhark, Ohio, from July 22-26, 2015. Approximately, 150 people attended the conference mostly…
Comments are closed.