Everyone in the ELCIC is welcome to attend an ELCIC National Convention as a visitor and can observe the convention proceedings from the visitors' gallery. Registered visitors also receive a copy of the Bulletin of Reports.
Voting delegates to the ELCIC National Convention represent the parishes of the ELCIC. Every parish is entitled to send at least one delegate. Most congregations are single point parishes but some are part of a multipoint parish. Congregations that are part of a multipoint parish are represented by the same delegate.
There are two types of delegates to the ELCIC National Convention and they are selected in two different ways.
Two hundred delegates are selected from the ELCIC ordained roster. These delegates are elected by those attending the conference conventions held in the thirty-two conferences across Canada. Each conference has a predetermined number of delegates which it can elect. The conference convention can elect any of the ordained leaders living in that conference whether they are serving in a parish or not.
Lay delegates are elected by all the members of the parish for each parish not already represented by an ordained delegate. Parishes who have in excess of 800 baptized members are allowed to send an additional lay delegate. The lay delegates are generally selected at each congregation's annual general meeting. If you are uncertain if your parish is sending a delegate to this year's ELCIC national convention, please ask your pastor or congregational chairperson.
- ELCIC National Constitution, Article X Conventions.
- ELCIC Administrative Bylaws, Part V Conventions.