2021 DistrictConvention News (February 11 - 13, 2021)
The 2021 LCMS Southern Illinois District Convention is scheduled for Thursday, February 11, to Saturday, February 13, at the Regency Conference Center in O'Fallon, Illinois.
Conventions are held every three years by each of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s 35 districts.
The schedule includes time for conducting business, electing officers, and sharing information. The conventions also offer opportunities for worship, nurture, inspiration, and fellowship.
Pastors, teachers, other commissioned ministers, and lay delegates elected by congregations are required to attend.
Despite the uncertainties that the continuing pandemic creates for such a gathering, we still hope to hold a full, in-person convention as planned in February.
Should circumstances demand a change, the convention will be moved to the alternate dates of July 22-24, still at the Regency Convention Center in O’Fallon, Illinois. Delegates, please reserve these dates on your calendar, just in case.
However, do plan on a regular—not electronic—convention, as the Synod’s Commission on Constitutional Matters has ruled that all District conventions must be held in a single location, in person, not through remote or electronic means, and within the calendar year 2021.
Everyone in our SID mailing list is receiving this first pre-convention Newsletter.
However, we want to generate a specific list for 2021 Convention Updates and News.
All SID Pastors, teachers, other commissioned ministers, and lay delegates elected by congregations are required to attend and be informed of convention news, and thus should sign up for this mailing list.
According to the by-laws general sessions are also open to anyone who wishes to attend as an observer, and guests are also invited to the worship services. However, this year we may be under attendance restrictions at the conference center due to state guidelines to mitigate COVID-19 exposure. We simply will not know if this is the case and what guidelines will be in place in February 2021 until we are closer to the time of the convention (and we will work to communicate any such information as early as we can). If there are restrictions, we will have to ensure that all required attendees can be present for the convention and therefore we would request the number of guests be limited. So, signing up for the convention mailing list is a great way for any interested persons to stay informed with updates pre-convention, daily during the convention, and post-convention.
Other Pre-Convention Information:
At this time the deadline for submitting overtures and nominations for the convention has passed.
However, delegates should continue preparing for the business of the convention as you receive additional information in the coming months. In particular, as stipulated in the District bylaws, the resolutions to be presented to the convention will be made available on the District website two weeks before the convention, with printed copies available upon request. Please look over these when they become available, as this will help foster fruitful debate and expedite wise decisions during the convention.
Please also familiarize yourself with the candidates for District President and members of other offices and boards as these are made available from the Nominating Committee.
As District bylaws specify, “congregations shall not require their delegates to vote in accordance with specific instructions, but every delegate shall be permitted to vote according to his/her own convictions.” Thus, it is your responsibility to prepare yourself to vote in an informed manner.
In addition, per District bylaws, “travel and housing expenses of voting and advisory delegates are to be borne by the congregation in which they hold membership.” However, all delegates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodations. As the convention nears delegates will receive further information about housing and meals. Please check to make sure proper arrangements are in place for your hotel room and any other special accommodations you may require.