The Rev. Stacie Fidlar of Rock Island, IL, was elected June 18 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during the synod assembly which met online on June 5 and 12 and then in person at Augustana College in Rock Island on June 17-18.
Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a key responsibility of the Synod Assembly. As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions of the synod; however, it is also a call process. As such, it involves discernment, from the perspective both of individual potential nominees and of the synod as a whole. Thus, engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable aspects of the process of nomination and election, regardless of the particular provisions in the synod’s governing documents.
Please note: for voting members to be eligible to vote in each of the above ballots, they must be checked in and credentialed into the meeting (Zoom or in-person) before the starting time listed.
Monday, June 6, 2022, NOON - All Ministers of Word and Sacrament nominated for bishop must go to the Bishop Election page on the synod website to accept or decline their nomination. These links will not be available until after the results of the First Ballot are announced at Plenary I on Sunday, June 5.
Tuesday, June 7, NOON - All Ministers of Word and Sacrament that accepted the nomination must submit their biographical information form online and background check authorization as directed in the instructions.
Thursday, June 9, 2022, NOON- The official ballot for Bishop with the names of nominees who have accepted their nomination is placed on the website along with the candidates’ biographies and confirmation that a background check has been authorized (*exception: see starred note above). Voting members are asked to read through the biographies, and conferences are encouraged to meet, in order to prepare to vote on the 2nd ballot for synod bishop.
Thursday, June 16, 2022, 6:30 pm - A nominee forum with the final seven (plus ties) nominees for bishop, from the second ballot will be livestreamed. The synod council vice president will host the event and ask each candidate a series of predetermined questions. The order of questioning will be determined by lot.