2026 MNYS ASSEMBLY NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS
SYNOD COUNCIL CYCLE B
Synod Council Members, Four-Year Term
- Vice-President, Lay
Synod Council Members, Four-Year Term*
- Clergywoman: Southeast Queens*
- Clergywoman: Bronx*
- Clergyman: Northeast Queens*
- Clergyman: Brooklyn Bridges*
- Laywoman: Southwest Brooklyn*
- Laywoman: Delaware-Hudson*
- Laywoman: At-Large*
- Layman: Eastern Nassau*
- Layman: Southwest Nassau*
- Layman: Western Suffolk*
- POC/Multicultural: At-Large
- Youth: At-Large (*2-year Term)
*Two nominations per conference
SYNOD COUNCIL MEMBER
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,
- 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 2024, we are filling 13 seats. The Nominations and Elections Committee will solicit nominations through a conference nomination period. 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. More information is available in Chapter 9 of our constitution
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.
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.