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To prepare for the nomination and election process for Bishop, a packet of information has been provided with information about the election process. A booklet of prayers entitled Prayer in a Time of Discernment: A Resource for the Election of the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church is also available, encouraging NALC congregations to engage in a year of prayer and discernment leading up to the election at the 2019 NALC Convocation from August 7-9, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Bishop Election Packet from Executive Council

Included in this packet are: A handout stressing the importance of strong lay delegations at all NALC Convocations, especially next year in Indianapolis as we elect our new bishop (on the back of this handout is an estimate of the costs a congregation can anticipate in sending at least two delegates—one layperson, one clergy—costs that are well worth bearing!); the portions of the NALC Constitution governing Convocation delegations (including mandated proportions of lay and clergy delegates), governing elections, and defining the ministry of the Bishop; recommendations—approved by the Executive Council—from the 2015-2017 Task Force that studied the NALC’s procedures for electing its Bishop; and the questions candidates for Bishop will be answering in the biographical materials they provide to the Convocation.

Prayer in a Time of Discernment: A Resource for the Election of the Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church

The Executive Council of the NALC is calling for a year of prayer as we prepare to elect a new bishop. Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of the Church and a key responsibility of the annual Convocation. As an election, it is a process governed by the constitution of the NALC; however, it is also a call process. As such, it involves discernment from the perspective both of individual potential nominees and of the NALC. Engaging in prayerful reflection and seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit are indispensable aspects of the process of nomination and election of the Bishop of this Church. Understanding that congregations pray for such events in different ways, it seemed appropriate that we offer a variety of prayer resources. The provided material collected from worship resources has influenced the Church of all ages, and is intended for use in public worship, prayer, small or large groups, and individual devotions.