Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a key responsibility of the Synod Assembly. 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. As 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 of nomination.
[Toolkit for Synod Bishop Elections, ELCA]
While the core aspects of the process for calling/electing a synod bishop are shared across the 65 synods of the ELCA, each synod expresses these core aspects and builds on them in ways appropriate to its context. The process for calling and electing a bishop in the Indiana-Kentucky Synod is determined by its governing documents, in particular, constitutional provision S9.04 and bylaw S9.04.01
Bishop Surveys (One per faith community, congregation, or mission center should be completed by Rostered Leader or SAM, Church Council, or the two working together) should be received by Ted Miller no later than December 1, 2023. If your faith community did not receive a survey, you may email [email protected] to receive one.