The Nominating Committee, a group of lay people and rostered ministers chosen by the eight conferences of the Northern Illinois Synod, met in January 2021 and began the process of seeking nominees for positions to be filled via election at the 2021 Synod Assembly.
Due to a combination of factors, there will be many openings available to those who feel called to serve God and neighbor on the synod level.
You will see a list of these openings in the various areas of synod ministry on this webpage. Some of these positions do have one nominee, but we, as a synod, welcome more than one nominee for a position.
Although the description includes the gender designation “male” and “female” for both lay positions and rostered minister positions, someone who identifies as non-binary or gender queer may complete the form and indicate that information on the form. At the last Churchwide Assembly, the model synod constitution was changed to allow a gender distribution of 45% male and 45% female. This was a mandatory provision, and so it is now part of our Synod Constitution. Thus, someone who identifies as gender-queer or non-binary may request to stand for a position that previously has been identified as a female or male position or request to stand in a position that is not identified as either female or male.
†S6.04. Except as otherwise provided in this constitution and bylaws, the Synod Council shall establish processes that will ensure that at least 60 percent of the members of the synod assemblies, councils, committees, boards, and other organizational units shall be laypersons and that, 45 percent of the lay members of assemblies, councils, committees, boards, or other organizational units shall be women and 45 percent shall be men, and that where possible, the representation of ministers of Word and Sacrament shall include both men and women. This synod shall establish processes that will enable it to reach a minimum goal that 10 percent of its assemblies, councils, committees, boards, or other organizational units be persons of color and/or persons whose primary language is other than English.
If you have any questions about any of these positions, please contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann at CErdmann@nisynod.org.