Thursday, August 20, 2015

Official Business: LCMS Convention: Congregational Responsibilities

Postcard No. 10: February 20, 2016, is the deadline for submitting overtures (proposed resolutions) to the 2016 Synod Convention.

Postcard No. 10: It’s time ...
for 2016 convention overtures

Feb. 20, 2016, is the deadline for submitting overtures (proposed resolutions) to the 2016 Synod convention. Any overtures submitted after that date can only be accepted for convention attention if approved by a special committee made up of the president, first vice-president and secretary of the Synod and only if thought to introduce an important issue not adequately covered by other submitted documents.

While Feb. 20 is the official deadline, the Secretary’s Office encourages submission of reports and overtures by Feb. 1, 2016, to facilitate their inclusion in the 2016 Convention Workbook.

The right to submit overtures is limited to member congregations of the Synod; circuit forums; district boards of directors, conventions and official church worker conferences; faculties of Synod universities, colleges and seminaries; boards and commissions of the Synod; and committees created by prior conventions.

Note: Overtures addressing matters in dispute resolution or which contain libel or slander or may subject the Synod or its officers to civil action for the same cannot be accepted. Overtures that contain information that is materially in error or misrepresent the truth cannot be accepted.

An electronic template/instruction document is available at to facilitate submission and processing of overtures. Submitting an electronic copy is helpful, but printed copies with congregation or circuit forum officer signatures are also required. If access to the electronic document is not available, overtures should use as a model the general format found in convention materials from prior Synod conventions.

Raymond L. Hartwig
LCMS Secretary

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