Consultation Committee Nominations
Deadline to submit nominations – April 8, 2022
The members of the Consultation Committee of the synod serve as advisors to the Bishop when charges have been brought against one of the ELCA rostered leaders. At the Bishop’s request, members of the committee may assist in investigating the charges, interviewing persons related to the situation, and giving their advice to the Bishop relating to their discoveries.
The Consultation Committee may also be asked by the Bishop to serve on an advisory panel in helping resolve conflict in congregational settings. Committee members act only as advisors to the Bishop and do not act as mediators or conflict managers.
From the Synod Constitution:
†S11.02. The Consultation Committee of this synod shall consist of at least six persons and not more than 12 persons, of whom half shall be ordained ministers and half shall be laypersons, who shall each be elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years without consecutive reelection. The functions of the Consultation Committee are set forth in Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in Chapter 17 of this constitution.
The following skills, abilities, and/or gifts are required for a person to effectively serve on the Synod Consultation Committee:
- Ability and willingness to pray regularly for the ministry and congregations of the synod
- Openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit
- Comfort in the gathering, discussing and discerning of potentially sensitive personal material
- Ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality when considering potentially sensitive personal material
- Voting member of a congregation of the synod
Please Note: This nomination is a nomination to the Nominating Committee (not the Synod Assembly). According to our constitution and bylaws, the Nominating Committee is responsible for preparing a slate of “at least one qualified candidate for each position available” which will be presented to the Synod Assembly. “Qualification will be based on a comparison of stated required or preferred skills, abilities, gifts, and experience with those possessed by the candidate(s).” (Both quotations are taken from section S9.03.A03 of the synod constitution.) Qualifications for each position are listed on the candidate form for each position. Submitting this nomination form is very much appreciated by the Nominating Committee but does not guarantee a position on the slate presented by the Nominating Committee. Additional nominations may be made from the floor of the Synod Assembly.
As it is, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you.”
~ 1 Corinthians 12:20-22a