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 voting membership to the ELCIC National Convention, and they are selected in two different ways.
- Two hundred ordained delegates are elected by conferences as allocated by National Church Council on the basis of baptized memberships. These delegates are elected by those attending the conference conventions held in the thirty-two conferences across Canada. The conference convention can elect any of the ordained leaders from the ELCIC roster living in that conference whether they are serving in a parish or not. The deadline for election of ordained delegates is November 30th, 2008.
- Lay delegates are elected by all the members of the parish for each parish not already represented by an ordained delegate. Parishes that 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.
The deadline for election of lay delegates and alternates to the 2009 National Convention is January 24, 2009. The following document was forwarded to all ELCIC congregations and contains the notice regarding the election of lay delegates.