Nominations and Elections of Regional Positions

Regional Vice-Presidents

Regional Vice-Presidents Nomination Process

Each member congregation of a region (including any non-geographic district congregations in that region) shall have been given opportunity to nominate two (2) ministers of religion—ordained from the clergy roster of the Synod with residence in its designated region as candidates for regional vice-president. Color-coded nomination ballots for the regional vice-presidents will be mailed in October 2015 to all member congregations in each region and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Synod’s office no later than February 9, 2016 (five months prior to election). Nomination forms for the regional vice-presidents will not be available online.

Regional Vice-Presidents Election Process

Voting delegates at convention shall elect by majority vote each regional vice-president (2nd—6th). The election process for the regional vice-presidents, shall be the same process for all other regional elections, and include the following aspects (Bylaw 3.12.2.7):

  • A separate election will take place for each elected regional position.
  • Will have no opportunity for floor nominations.
  • The five eligible individuals who received the most nominating votes shall form the slate.
  • Voting delegates shall be entitled to vote for one of the candidates from each region.
  • If no candidate receives a majority of votes cast, the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be retained on the ballot.
  • Balloting shall continue with the candidate receiving the least number of votes eliminated until one candidate has received a majority of the votes cast.
  • After all regional vice-presidents are elected, a final election will take place ranking the vice-presidents by separate ballots with a simple majority of voting delegates determining the second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth vice-presidents in line of succession.

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Regional Lay Members of the LCMS Board of Directors

The LCMS Board of Directors consists of no more than 15 voting members and includes one (1) layperson elected from each of the five designated geographical regions (Bylaw 3.3.4.1[1]). Due to rotating terms, the 2016 Synod Convention will be required to elect only one (1) regional lay member from each of the following:

  • Great Lakes Region
  • East-Southeast Region
  • Great Plains Region

Regional Lay Member Nomination Process

In preparation for the 2016 Synod convention, three regions (above) will be nominating for a regional lay member position on the LCMS Board of Directors. Color-coded nomination ballots of the regional lay member Board of Directors position will be mailed in October 2015 to all member congregations and must be turned in to the Secretary of the Synod’s office no later than Feb. 9, 2016. Nomination forms for the regional lay member positions will not be available online.

Regional Lay Member Election Process

The Synod in convention elects the regional lay members on the LCMS Board of Directors. Voting delegates shall vote for one (1) of the five (5) candidates from each region. The process used for the election of regional lay member on the Board of Directors is the same process used to elect the regional vice-presidents.

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Regional Members of the Boards of National and International Mission

The 2010 Res. 8-08A realigned national office operations, resulting in the creation of two mission boards whose members, with the exception of the President of the Synod or his representative, are elected regionally for six-year terms. 2013 Res. 7-14 adjusted the bylaws governing the elections of members of the mission boards to create staggered terms—this is to prevent loss of continuity on the boards should there be a major change of membership every six years.

At present, the terms of all current elected members of the mission boards will end in August 2016. All will be eligible for additional board member service. However, because of very specific bylaw changes adopted by the 2013 convention to create the desired staggering, some elections in 2016 will be for six-year terms and others will be for three-year terms, as follows (Bylaw 3.8.2.2 and 3.8.3.2).

Colored coded nomination ballots of the regional mission board positions will be mailed in October 2015 to all member congregations in each region and must be submitted to the Secretary of the Synod’s office no later than Feb. 9, 2016. Nomination forms for the Regional members on the mission boards will not be available online.

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Board for National Mission 2016 Regional Elections

Lay member (6-year terms)

  • Great Lakes
  • West-Southwest
  • Central

Individual member (6-year terms)

  • Great Plains
  • East-Southeast

Lay member (3-year terms)

  • Great Plains
  • East-Southeast

Individual member (3-year terms)

  • Great Lakes
  • West-Southwest
  • Central

Board for International Mission 2016 Regional Elections

Lay member (6-year terms)

  • Great Plains
  • East-Southeast

Individual member (6-year terms)

  • Great Lakes
  • West-Southwest
  • Central

Lay member (3-year terms)

  • Great Lakes
  • West-Southwest
  • Central

Individual member (3-year terms)

  • Great Plains
  • East-Southeast

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