Voting for Lay Congregational Members
Congregation voting members are asked to be equally divided among genders and from different households. Also, each congregation may register one additional voting member who is a youth (confirmed and under 18) or young adult (under 30).
Baptized membership totals are reported to the ELCA through each congregation's year-end congregational report as of 12/31/2022. This is the basis for determining the number of lay voting members selected to attend the assembly. The "baptized membership" formula consists of the top 10% of our 137 congregations receiving four lay voting members, the next top 10% of our congregations receiving three lay voting members, and the remainder of our congregations receiving two lay voting members. See the charts below for which congregations are allowed three or four voting members.
Voting for Rostered Leaders
Pastors (ministers of Word and Sacrament) under call, deacons (ministers of Word and Service) under call, and interim pastors are expected to attend all synod assemblies as voting members. Retired pastors and deacons, as well as those on leave from call and those with disability status, have voice and vote if they register for the assembly.
Synod Authorized Ministers are expected to attend as a lay voting member from the congregation they are serving. This is in addition to the two allowed lay voting members, plus a youth or young adult.
|Shepherd Of The Hills
|Shepherd of the Prairie
|Light Of Christ
|New Lenox, IL
|Crystal Lake, IL
All other congregations are allowed TWO voting members, plus one additional youth or young adult.