To the Congregations of the Western Iowa Synod: The Western Iowa Synod Assembly will be held in Sioux City on May 3-5, 2019. It may seem early to start planning. However, this assembly will be unique in the fact that it will involve a bishop election. Bishop elections occur every six years. The term of office is six years and bishops in the Western Iowa Synod may serve two terms. Bishop Prois has served six years and has agreed to put his name forth for a second term. The election process allows for the nomination of any ordained pastor who is on the roster of the ELCA. Nominations will need to include contact information for that person, and of course those nominated should be asked if they would serve if elected. You will be electing voting members to attend the Synod Assembly at the annual meeting of your congregation. It is important that these people have a sense of the thoughts and desires of the people of the Synod as they make decisions regarding the business and direction of the Synod as well as the election of a bishop. With the help of the ELCA, a synod survey will soon be available on the WISynod website to aid in the discussions during this election year. Now is the time for you to start conversations discussing the synod purpose and mission to share with your voting members. This may occur in Sunday or Sabbath School, Bible study, cottage meeting, etc. This will enable people at Synod Assembly to make informed decisions regarding the future of our Synod. The Election Committee will post information to keep you informed about the election process and progress. Please check the Western Iowa Synod website and E-spirit for updates.
Brian Campbell, Western Iowa Synod Vice President
Bishop Election Information
The Western Iowa Synod will hold the Election of Bishop at its next Synod Assembly, May 3, 4, and 5, 2019. Electing a bishop is one of the most important responsibilities in the life of a synod in the ELCA. As an election, it is a process informed by the ELCA Churchwide office and governed by the constitution of the synod. In the WISynod, the bishop is eligible to serve two consecutive six year terms, and our present Bishop Prois will have served his first term and is eligible for re-election in 2019.
The WISynod Council has formed a Bishop Election Committee to oversee the details of the election process. This election of a bishop is also a call process where any ordained pastor in the ELCA is eligible. In these months before the Assembly, you are respectfully invited to prayerfully consider what gifts are needed to match the needs of the synod in the office of bishop.
Let’s begin with prayer! Almighty God, you have given your Holy Spirit to the church to lead us into all truth. Bless with the Spirit’s grace and presence the people of this Western Iowa Synod as we prepare in the months ahead to elect a bishop. Keep us steadfast in faith and united in love, that we may manifest your glory and prepare for the way of your kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, Amen.
Biographical Information for Bishop Nominees
Below is the link to the biographical information for the nominees for Bishop in alphabetical order.
Election of Bishop - According to section S9.04.02 of the constitution, the Bishop Election Task Force is submitting those names and addresses of the rostered leaders who were lifted up by congregations as of March 13th. Please note these individuals are not yet nominated, and that more names can and will be brought forward during the first ballot on Friday evening, May 3rd. We thank the congregations for lifting up these names as a part of the ecclesiastical election process. Names Lifted Up
Bishop Election Survey Results for Western Iowa Synod From the Bishop Election 2019 Committee: Thank you to those who answered the survey this fall. The results are below, with 138 individuals responding, and of that 138, 52 wrote comments.
The committee is considering how best to use the 52 comments in a way that is most helpful in the form of questions to ask nominees for Bishop in the upcoming election.
Bishop Election Committee 2019: Diane Vavak, co-chair (Rockwell City) Pastor Perry Aalgaard co-chair (Milford) Rick Lampe (Storm Lake) Brian Campbell (Emmetsburg) Dagna Simmons (Sioux City) Pastor Peter Morlock (Emmetsburg) Pastor Chris Lang (Graettinger) Pastor Barbara Kopperud (Sibley)
Bishop Election Survey Results for Western Iowa Synod ELCA/Bishop Election 2019 Below you will find listed 9 critical leadership abilities that congregations look to the office of Bishop in the Western Iowa Synod to provide. The criteria are listed in rank order and average scores are shown (1 being the highest score possible. A ranking of 7.39 or 6.85 means it was likely rated a 7,8, or 9 out of 9).
1 Strategic Leadership (3.19) Capacity to cast a vision and lead the Synod toward realization of the vision...