7 November 2023
Now, here's an important clarification: officially, the
Nominating Committee nominates during the assembly
proceedings. The public input phase is not, technically, a
time when nominations are made. In fact, what the public
does during the public input phase is not nominate but
rather recommend to the Nominating Committee folks to be
considered for nomination by the committee. Picky, yes,
but important from a parliamentary standpoint although we
will admit that we have colloquially called the submission
for consideration a nomination.
There are a few exceptions to all this.
The list of positions to be elected will be officially
posted on this page on 2 February 2024, and the online
input form will go active on the same day. The strict
requirement of our bylaws (as amended in 2022) is that the
announcement and the solicitation are to be made 120 days
prior to Synod Assembly.
Conferences, congregation councils, and voting
members may submit recommendations to the Nominating
Committee for 30 days from the date of the the posting of
positions to be elected. The public input phase will close
3 March 2024.
The report of the Nominating Committee will be published
22 May 2024, 10 days before Synod Assembly. It will list
all the nominations that will be formally made by the
Nominating Committee at Synod Assembly.
The publication of the list of nominees by the
Nominating Committee is not the end of the nominating
process. Voting members of the Synod Assembly have the
right, under our rules, to nominate from the floor (for
all elections except that of the bishop in which an
ecclesiastical ballot is used). Again, there is no rule
preventing a person from nominating him/herself. Per our
bylaws, nominations from the floor are to be accompanied
at the time the nomination is made with a completed bio
sheet and enough copies for distribution to all voting
members (125 copies would suffice). A blank form will be
provided on the website with the publication of the
Nominating Committee Report 10 days prior to the Synod
Assembly. Finally, the first general ballot has provision
for write-in votes for each position to be elected.