Special Meeting Elections


Conference Nominations will open from February 7 to March 21, 2022. Open nominations will begin on March 22 until April 18, 2022. For information regarding conference nominations for synod council, please contact the Dean of your conference.


Nominations and Elections Form >

During the special meeting of the current synod assembly (voting members from the 2021 synod assembly) we will be electing persons to our Synod Council, Consultation Committee, and Discipline Committee. Below, you will find both, the listing of open seats and a description of the position. We strongly recommend those nominated are familiar with the position description below. 


Synod Council Officers Four-Year Term
  • Vice-President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
Synod Council Members Four-Year Term
  • Clergywoman: Southwest Nassau*
  • Clergywoman: Western Suffolk*
  • Clergyman: Southeast Queens* 
  • Clergyman: Bronx*
  • Laywoman: Northeast Queens*
  • Laywoman: Brooklyn Bridges*
  • Laywoman: Southwest Brooklyn
  • Layman: Delaware–Hudson*
  • Layman: Eastern Nassau*
  • Layman: At Large
  • POC/Multicultural: At Large
Synod Council Members Two-Year Term
  • Youth: At Large

*Two nominations per conference

To see the Nominations and Elections for Cycle A in 2024, click HERE


Six-Year Term
  • Clergywoman
  • Clergyman
  • Laywoman
  • Layman


Six-Year Term
  • Clergywoman
  • Clergyman
  • Laywoman
  • Layman


The Synod Council serves as a board of directors that makes legislative decisions between Synod Assemblies. The Synod Council exercises trusteeship responsibilities, recommends goals and budgets to the assembly, carries out resolutions of the assembly, reviews the official rosters and rostered leaders’ statuses, issues calls, as well as supervises the work of committees (S.10).
Synod Council members must be voting members of a congregation of our synod or on our synod’s roster of ordained ministers. The Synod Council shall consist of the four officers of the Synod:
  • Vice-president: The Committee on Nominations and Elections shall nominate at least two persons for vice-president; additional nominations may be made during the open-nominations period;
  • Secretary: The Synod Council shall nominate at least two persons for secretary; additional nominations may be made during the open-nominations period;
  • Treasurer: The Synod Council shall nominate two persons for treasurer; additional nominations may be made during the open-nominations period.

In addition to the officers, synod council members should include:  

  • one youth who shall be not less than sixteen (16) years nor more than eighteen (18) years of age at the time of election or appointment for service, 
  • one young adult who shall be between the ages of eighteen (18) and thirty (30) at the time of election or appointment for service, 
  • and twenty-two (22) other members. Of the twenty-two (22) other members 
    • eight (8) shall be clergy, 
      • (4) Women
      • (4) Men
    • six (6) shall be lay female, 
    • six (6) shall be lay male, these members shall be nominated and elected as provided for under S9.20.00; in addition, 
    • four (4) lay members shall be elected as at large candidates, 
      • one shall be persons of color and/or whose primary language is other than English.

The Synod Council meets most months, via video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When in-person, the Council meets six Tuesday evenings, two Saturdays, and one overnight retreat, during the year. Seats on Synod Council will be declared vacant after four unexcused absences or overall attendance that is less than 50 percent in a twelve-month period.

In 2022, we are filling 15 seats. The Nominations and Elections Committee will solicit nominations through a conference nomination period until March 21, 2022, when name and contact information may be submitted to the committee for consideration. After this the committee will solicit nominations, during the open nominations period until April 18, 2022,. This extended open-nominations deadline is to account for the fact that nominations won't be able to be made from the floor during this year's digital special meeting of our synod assembly. Members are elected by the Synod Assembly. More information is available in Chapter 9 of our constitution.

Consultation Committee

The Consultation Committee consists of twelve persons, of whom six shall be lay and six shall be Ministers of Word and Sacrament/Service, who shall be elected for a term of six years. Members of the Consultation Committee are called to consider matters of adjudication in a congregation. The functions of the Consultation Committee are set forth in Chapter 17 of our synod constitution.

Discipline Committee

The Committee on Discipline shall consist of twelve persons of whom six shall be ministers of Word and Sacrament/Service, and six shall be lay who shall be elected for a term of six years. The Committee on Discipline shall be responsible for the process of discipline governing officers, ministers of Word and Sacrament, ministers of Word and Service, congregations, and members of congregations in accordance with Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.