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Seeking nominations for new regional positions

March 14, 2018 7 Comments

WINNIPEG – Under Lutheran Church–Canada’s new structure the responsibility for nominations to national and regional positions, and the process by which people are elected falls to the newly-formed Commission on Nominations and Elections. The Synodical Convention elected seven persons to the commission in October 2017.

The commission relies on nominations from across the country to fulfill its mandate. Since delegates to district conventions this Fall will elect people to serve in regional positions, every member congregation and multi-point parish is encouraged to participate in the nomination process.

Congregations and parishes received nomination forms and job descriptions in early March asking them to bring forward names of people to fill the offices of Regional Pastor, Circuit Counsellor, and a layperson from each circuit to serve on the new Regional Mission and Ministry Councils. The completed “Nomination Ballot” is to be submitted (by mail or electronically) to the Secretary of the Commission on Nominations and Elections by May 15, 2018.

After the commission receives the ballots by the deadline, the members will begin contacting nominees and establishing election ballots for the District Conventions in October.

Members of the commission are Rev. Keith Hoveland; Milton Joneson; Rod Johnson; Rev. Michael Meleg; Rev. Robert Morley; Rev. Lorne Reddemann; and Sharon Schieman. President Timothy Teuscher serves as an advisor.

2018 District Conventions:

ABC        October 19-21, Sherwood Park, Alta.

Central  October 1-3, Winnipeg, Man.

East       October 14-17, London, Ont.


  • Rev. Robert Clifford said:

    People are asking, How is it that we are nominating for Regional Pastor and Regional Mission & Ministry Council under the new structure, before the results of the Convention Ratification vote by congregations are known?

  • canluth (author) said:

    The Statutory Bylaws, passed by the Convention with an overwhelming majority, are now the “rule of law” as we move forward. They are the legal structure by which the Synod is now required to operate. The call for nominations for regional positions conforms with the new bylaws and the prescribed timeline.

    A negative vote regarding the Constitution would not change the fact that these regional individuals and entities are required under the 2017 Statutory Bylaws to be elected at the 2018 District Conventions. By adopting Resolution 17.01.05 the Convention authorized the Synod to assume the work previously handled by the districts.

    The vote currently underway is to bring LCC’s Constitution in line with the Bylaws which are already in effect as adopted by delegates to the 2017 LCC Convention.

  • Arron Gust said:

    Let us be careful in using words like overwhelming majority. The convention did pass the motion to adopt the purposed bylaws but many understood that passing the motion would provide the rest of the LC-C congregations their opportunity to vote on restructuring. A vote we were all PROMISED was part of the plan. But it immediately became clear that passing said resolution in the spirit of good will and an opportunity for the Church to voice her opinion was for not. It was now a done deal and even a NEGATIVE vote on the remaining constitution was not going to change anything! What happened to the national vote on restructuring we were promised?

  • canluth (author) said:

    Up to the point in time where the decision was made to set aside the Act and Bylaws document developed by the CCMS and their consultant, the entire document would have been sent to the member congregations in what would have been essentially a referendum on the entire restructuring project. However when the decision was made to bring the changes through amendments to our Handbook, we were bound to the amending formulas of the three documents that make up the Handbook.

    The congregational vote is by no means to be seen as a meaningless exercise! Should the amendments to the Constitution not be ratified the Board of Directors will have a difficult decision to make and one possible answer to the dilemma would be to set aside the changes to structure for the rest of the term and revisit the issue in 2021.

  • Dennis Kendel said:

    As a lay delegate to the LCC Convention I was aware that the decision of the LCC Board to not support the original LCC Restructuring Plan submitted to the Board from the CCMS in July 2017 radically changed the power of individual congregations to either ratify or not ratify the complete plan. That is why I had serious reservations about the this 11th hour procedural change. I’m not sure that all voting delegates fully understood that implication of this fateful decision made by the LCC Board. I suspect that the overwhelming majority of the ordinary members sitting in the pews of all our LCC congregation did not fully understood this implication. This situation brings into sharp focus some serious questions about whether the entire LCC infrastructure is truly a servant to the congregations or whether it assumes that it is the master of the congregations. I am committed to moving forward with the decisions made at the LCC Convention but believe that the whole LCC infrastructure will ultimately fail if it does come to accept that congregations ought to be the ultimate decision-maker about the future of our national church body.

  • Dennis Kendel said:

    I need to correct my posting of April 3rd as I omitted the word “not” in the last sentence.
    It should read ” I believe that the whole LCC infrastructure will ultimately fail if it does NOT accept that congregations ought to be the ultimate decision-maker about the future of our national church body”.

  • LCC Commission on Nominations and Elections: Nominations from the Floor – ANO / Lutheran Watch said:

    […] the 2017 convention, on March 14, 2018 the Commission on Nominations and Elections (CNE) sent out a call for nominations with a submission deadline of May 15, 2018. This is in keeping with SYNODICAL BYLAWS […]

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