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.
†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.
Skills, Abilities, and Gifts
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
Deadline for submission is April 15
The nomination form has closed.