2021 DISTRICT CONVENTION VOTING DELEGATES
COVID: At this time, we are planning on holding our 2021 District Convention in person on the scheduled dates, acting in compliance with any state and county health guidelines that are recommended at that time. Should any changes need to be made, we will share them through our newsletter and social media channels.
The LCMS Commission on Constitutional Matters has determined that District Conventions must be held in-person because they are churchly deliberative assemblies and that they must be held within the 2021 calendar year. If we are unable to hold or temporarily postpone a face-to-face convention, we will cancel and the current term of service of all elected incumbents would be extended until the next election can take place and successors can be inducted into office.
Due to the current pandemic, we are taking additional precautions. In order to minimize exposure of those who are susceptible or weakened by a pre-existing condition, please consider electing delegate(s) who are willing and able to attend face-to-face.
We will need the names and addresses of the voting lay and pastor delegates by January 31, 2021.
Step One: Delegate Certification
To be eligible to vote, the credentials committee must receive the pastoral voting delegate and lay voting delegate names with certification by officers of the congregation. Please send this information on the credentials form found here: click here to download form for single parish congregations // click here to download the form for dual and multiple parish congregations
Pastoral Delegates: Only pastors called to congregations may serve as voting delegates. Team ministries that have multiple pastors will need to decide which pastor will be the voting delegate to the Convention. If the senior pastor is to be the voting delegate, then the associate/assistant pastor will be an advisory delegate; if the associate/assistant pastor is to be the voting delegate, then the senior pastor will be an advisory delegate. Vacancy pastors and vicars are not eligible to represent the congregation as a voting delegate.
Multiple Parishes: Send only one voting lay delegate between them. The multiple parish will need to decide which congregation will send the voting lay delegate for this convention.
At the 2019 LCMS Convention, an amendment to the Bylaws changed Article XII 10 B. This now allows congregations of a multi-congregation parish other than the one to whom the voting lay delegate belongs to send an advisory lay delegate to the district convention. This will allow all Nebraska District congregations to be represented at the district convention.
Please complete the delegate information form to certify your voting delegates. If the congregation(s) in your dual/multiple parish are not represented by your chosen voting lay delegate, you are now able (but not required) to send an advisory lay delegate from those other congregation(s). Advisory delegates have a voice, but no vote. If you have members who are interested in attending as advisory delegates, please complete that portion of your Delegate Information Form.
Step Two: Delegate Registration
More information to come…watch for a mailing in Spring 2021