Synod / Mission Assembly Resources
For voting members, visitors, and NT-NL members
First time at an Assembly?
Congratulations on being selected as a Voting Member of the NT-NL Synod Assembly!
This is a position of trust and responsibility, designed for people just like you who are mission-minded and eager to help the church expand its horizons.
If you have never been to an Assembly—and even if you have—you are encouraged to read the various items listed on this Resource Page.
An Assembly is not a convention; it is more like a congregation’s council meeting, in which persons who are Spirit-led and known for their wisdom and leadership are asked to make decisions and plans on behalf of the whole community. It is important to sense the difference between this and a convention, in which persons are present to vote on the wishes of their constituency.
Forms you may need:
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- Vita Nomination Form: Electronic / PDF
- Resolution Form: Electronic / PDF — Due to Synod Office two weeks prior to Assembly
- Travel Equalization Form (PDF) — One form per congregation
Book of Reports:
(Links to be added soon)
- Part A – Organization of this Assembly
- Part B – Reports from Officers
- Part C – Items of Business
- Part D – Other Reports
If you would like a printed copy of the Book of Reports, please order it during the registration process or contact Tyna Oslie, NT-NL Administrator, at MissionOffice@ntnl.org or 940-241-2099 (option 2, extension 109). Cost: $25
Elections at the Assembly
Each Assembly elects persons to serve in a number of key positions within our Synod / Mission Area. These leaders are very important to the life and vitality of NT-NL; we take great care and pride in our elected leaders and invite you to prayerfully consider nominating people to fill these offices.
Nominations will be accepted from the floor of the Assembly, and the Nominations Committee prepares a slate in the weeks leading up to the Assembly.
If you want to nominate someone for an elected office, please use the Vita Nomination Form (PDF also available) to describe their qualifications. The Nominations Committee will select persons for the offices based on set criteria (gender, age, geographic location, ability, experience, etc.), secure their agreement to be on the ballot, and present the slate of nominees to the Assembly. Vita information is requested by two weeks prior to the start of the Assembly.
Besides our pastor or SAWL, how many lay voting members do we send?
Congregations are encouraged to select at least one lay voting member between the ages of 18-35 and one over the age of 35. Larger congregations can send additional lay voting members based on their baptized membership from their last annual congregational report (aka, parochial report).
- Fewer than 175 members: allowed two (2) lay voting members, but may elect to send just one.
- Up to 500 members: allowed a total of two (2) lay voting members.
- 501-750 members: allowed a total of three (3) lay voting members.
- 751-1000 members: allowed a total of four (4) lay voting members.
- 1001+ members: allowed a total of five (5) lay voting members.
Resolutions (New Business)
Each Assembly considers items of New Business. Resolutions can only be brought to the floor by Voting Members (not by agencies, conferences, or congregations). They are automatically referred to the Committee for Reference and Counsel which will, in turn, make a recommendation to the Assembly that the resolutions be adopted, defeated, referred, or handled in some other manner.
There are two kinds of motions:
- A memorial is a request or petition that an assembly addresses to the Churchwide Assembly.
- A resolution is an action or statement that the assembly pledges itself to accomplish or promote.
Each motion must have a title or topic, the name of the presenter and his or her home congregation, and the background information on how the motion will impact our finances, personnel, and mission.
Whereas statements set a stage of information and rationale; resolved statements commit the NT-NL Synod to a specific action or request.
Questions about resolutions? Contact the Synod office at 940-241-2099 (select option 2) or MissionOffice@ntnl.org.