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Upcoming Webinars on LCC’s Proposed New Structure

September 19, 2017 2 Comments

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) will be hosting two webinars on September 28, 2017 to unpack the details of the proposed new structure for Synod, which will be voted on during LCC’s upcoming national convention in October.

The webinar is a joint production of LCC’s Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure (CCMS) and the Board of Directors (BOD), who in July agreed to work together to prepare a final restructuring proposal for the consideration of the convention.

LCC’s First Vice President Nolan Astley will be the presenter for the webinars, with CCMS Chairman William R.A. Ney helping to lead discussion. “The new structure we are recommending Lutheran Church–Canada adopt takes into account two years of consultation at the grassroots level,” explained Rev. Ney. “We hope that this presentation will help convention delegates and LCC members more widely to get a clearer understanding of the structure we are proposing, and how it will better serve the needs of our church body moving into the future.”

Vice President Astley agreed. “Our focus with these webinars is to help delegates better understand the restructuring plan before them—to make sure everyone understands clearly what they are being asked to vote upon,” he said. “For that reason, the sessions will be focused primarily on unpacking the details of the proposed structure, with debate and decision-making on the proposal reserved for the convention itself.”

The first presentation will take place September 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m (CDT). The second presentation option is from 8:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. (CDT). Register to attend here. Video from the presentation will be uploaded at a later date.

Earlier this month, the joint working group published the results of their work. The proposed new structure is also included in a recently released supplement to the convention workbook.

The upcoming webinars can be viewed from a variety of devices, including smart phones and computer. Participants also have the option to listen to audio by phone rather than through their computer system (this option is made available when you join the webinar, along with an access code.)

Attendees are strongly encouraged to ensure their system meets basic system requirements for the live-stream well in advance of the actual meetings. You can do so by visiting this “Get Ready for Your First Webinar” page, which will test your system to ensure you’re ready to run the online convocation. The same page also allows you to join a Test Session to familiarize yourself with the system and to ensure settings like audio are properly configured. You will also find troubleshooting advice should you experience any technical problems. You can find details about attending via smart phone and general system requirements here.

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  • Dennis Kendel

    This will be an excellent opportunity for voting debates to prepare for the decisions we’ll need to make at the Convention. I would encourage all delegates to register. If you’ve never partcipated in a Webinar before, there are some links offered to become familiar with the technology.
    If you use the audio function on your computer, this makes the process most cost effective as it spares LCC telephone charges.

  • Dennis Kendel

    These are the questions I hope will be addressed during tomorrow’s restructuring webinars:

    1) What was the understanding of the working group on the differences between organizational governance and organizational management?

    2) Did the working group consider variance in the skills sets vital to competent organizational governance and competent organizational management? If so, what was the understanding of the working group of the differential skills sets requisite for governance versus management?

    3) The role of the Administrator described in Section 10.13 of the draft Statutory Bylaws seems to analogous to the role of an organizational Chief Financial Officer (CFO) rather than Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Does the working group envision the Administrator having management responsibility beyond financial management ?

    4) How does the working group envision that the five-member Executive might be engaged in daily management of non-ecclesiastical LCC operations when four of the five will not have daily on-site presence at LCC offices and will have other full-time career commitments?

    5) Did the working group consider the conflict of interest implications of the Executive being concurrently responsible and accountable for both governance and management functions?