For all elections requiring regional representation, the Board of Directors of the Synod and the Council of Presidents acting jointly shall designate five geographic regions. (2013 Handbook, Bylaw 3.12.1 — See regional map below.)
Learn more about the regional representation of LCMS districts.
Regional Vice-Presidents Nomination Process
Each member congregation of a region (including any non-geographic-district congregations in that region) shall have been given opportunity to nominate for Regional Vice-President two (2) ministers of religion—ordained from the clergy roster of the Synod with residence in its designated region. Color-coded nomination ballots for the Regional Vice-President will be mailed in October 2015 to all voting congregations in each region. For more information on nominating process, see 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 18.104.22.168 (a)-(c).
Regional Vice-Presidents Voting Process
The Synod convention shall select by majority vote each regional vice-president. Voting delegates to the national convention vote for one of five candidates from each region. For more information on the election, see 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 22.214.171.124 (c)-(g).
Regional Lay Member – LCMS Board of Directors
For information regarding the LCMS Board of Directors regional representation, see 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 126.96.36.199 (1).
Regional Lay Member Nomination Process
In preparation for the 2016 Synod convention, three regions will be nominating for a regional lay member position on the LCMS Board of Directors: Great Lakes, East-Southeast and Great Plains. Color-coded nomination ballots for the Regional Lay Member Board of Directors will be mailed in October 2015 to all voting congregations in the three regions.
Regional Lay Member Voting Process
The Synod convention elects the regional lay members on the LCMS Board of Directors. Voting delegates to the national convention vote for one (1) of five (5) candidates from each region. The process used for the election of regional vice-presidents is also the process that is used for all regional elections. For more information, see 2013 Handbook, Bylaw 188.8.131.52 (c)-(g).