These names originally surfaced from the congregations of the synod. Each conference then held an assembly to identify seven nominees. This list represents the seven nominees who secured the greatest number of votes from all eight conferences. In addition to these seven nominees, any Minister of Word and Sacrament can be raised up on the first ballot at the Synod Assembly.
Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 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. A 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.
We invite you and your congregation to pray for those discerning a call to serve as bishop; as well as our synod as together we live our mission "Jesus Christ call us to live in love as we Serve, equip and challenge God's people."
IT TAKES ALL OF US!