The Governance Framework outlines our structure and how all the pieces of the Lutheran Church of Australia fit together and support each other. You can read it here.
God grows us as his people to a mature faith in Christ – a faith that comes to life through effective witness and ministry – so that people everywhere may know Christ and his love. Our Direction, adopted by General Synod in 2018, articulates how we participate with God in this mission.
The Lutheran Church of Australia’s (LCA) Standing Committee on Nominations (SCoN) has been established to support the identification and recruitment of suitable people for the LCA’s governing and advisory bodies.
The committee consists of seven members appointed by General Church Board (GCB) and is responsible to the GCB for its work.
During the synodical period, the committee works closely with the LCA’s governing and advisory bodies to identify their membership requirements, develop and implement processes that enable members of the church to offer themselves for service on governing and advisory bodies, and assist these bodies to fill casual vacancies that occur from time to time, which usually are the result of a resignation of a member between synods.
The full rules of the SCoN are available here.
2021–22 Convention of General Synod
The appointments to most governing and advisory bodies are for a synodical term of three years. Because the 20th Regular Convention of Synod will be conducted in two parts, the General Synod resolved that the synodical term is from the commencement of the online sessions held on 1 and 2 October 2021 until the commencement of the 21st Regular Convention of General Synod in 2024.
The work of the Standing Committee on Nominations (SCoN), therefore, increased significantly in the period leading up to the online sessions of Convention of General Synod as all positions on most bodies were declared open.
At the online sessions in October, delegates elected the members of GCB who will serve in the coming synodical term. Their term started immediately.
The members of all other governing and advisory bodies are in the process of being appointed by the relevant body. All governing and advisory bodies, other than GCB, will commence their duties in the new year.
Any vacancies that have not been filled will be addressed by SCoN, and any that arise in the future will be advertised via LCA eNews and other media outlets.
Please note that the GCB has passed a resolution requiring all members of governing and advisory bodies to have provided proof of their working with children check or its equivalent and the completion of the relevant Professional Standards training before assuming their responsibilities.
General information about nominations
This webpage provides details of all governing bodies, including an overview of their respective roles and information about the skills, qualifications and competencies for each group.
Should a vacancy be advertised, SCoN encourages people who have an interest in serving to complete a nomination form for the relevant body and submit it to the committee.
SCoN also encourages people who have an interest in serving on an LCA body to complete a nomination form and submit it to the committee, even if there are no current vacancies.
In these circumstances, the nomination is retained in a ‘talent bank’ and may be drawn on when a casual vacancy does arise during the synodical term or when the committee is preparing nominations for the next synodical period.
We invite you to carefully and prayerfully consider whether you have the required skills and knowledge to serve on one of these bodies and make a contribution to the life and ministry of the LCA.
Before you proceed to submit a nomination form, we encourage you to read the Frequently Asked Questions page so you are familiar with some of the key issues, processes and requirements related to serving on an LCA governing and advisory body.
You may know of somebody who you think has the skills and knowledge which are suitable to serve on an LCA body. In that situation, you can encourage them to explore this possibility.