76th Convention of the LCMS Southern District

March 21–22, 2022

The Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Drive – Slidell, LA

Who Can Submit Overtures to Be Considered?

        • a member congregation (having met in assembly),
        • a forum of a circuit,
        • an official Southern District conference of ordained and/or commissioned ministers,
        • or the Board of Directors of the Southern District.

How Can Overtures Be Submitted?
Please use the template below to submit overtures. It is a Microsoft Word document, and the template ensures a consistent layout for all overtures. (This is a tremendous help in preparing the Convention Workbook!)

Submission Instructions:
A hard copy signed by two officers of the submitting entity must be mailed to the Southern District President’s Office. To expedite the processing of your overture, also upload an electronic copy of the overture (Microsoft Word format, please) as indicated below. Please be sure to save at least an electronic copy for your records.

          1. Print one hard copy, sign, and mail to:

            Office of the President
            LCMS Southern District
            100 Mission Drive
            Slidell, LA 70460

             

          2. Send an electronic copy (in Microsoft Word format, if at all possible) by uploading it here.

When Are Overtures Due?
Overtures must be received at least 20 weeks prior to the opening date of the convention (that is, before November 1, 2020).

Who Can Nominate?
Only congregations of the Southern District meeting in assembly can decide by vote who they will nominate.

View the list of incumbents here. The incumbent District President is Rev. Eric C. Johnson.

The incumbent District President must be re-nominated. The five candidates for District President receiving the most nominations will compose the ballot. Incumbents in all other offices will automatically appear on the ballot if they are eligible and consent to serve.

What Positions Are Open for a Nomination?

        • Ordained – District President
        • Ordained – District Secretary
        • Lay – District Treasurer
        • Ordained – District Nominations Committee
        • Commissioned – District Nominations Committee
        • Lay – District Nominations Committee
        • Ordained – Southern District Church Extension Fund
        • Commissioned – Southern District Church Extension Fund
        • Lay – Southern District Church Extension Fund
        • Ordained or Commissioned – Synod Committee for Convention Nominations

Memos

Nomination Ballots

Use the links below to submit nominations. Nominations are due no later than November 21, 2021. Late nominations will not be accepted.

If you need a hard paper ballot, contact Daisy Olmstead (email or 985-635-4382).

Everyone attending the convention must submit a registration form. If your spouse or another guest will attend the convention with you, please submit a separate registration form. The deadline to register for the convention is February 21, 2022.

Every member congregation or multi-congregation parish (each group of congregations regularly cared for / served by a pastor or pastors) of the district is entitled, using this form, to register two voting delegates, one its installed pastor (or one of them) and the other a lay delegate elected and deputed by the congregation or parish (Const. Art. XII 10 a; Bylaw 2.5.5). This form may either be submitted to the district office by a date determined by the district or presented to the district secretary at the opening of the convention (Bylaw 4.2.2[a]). A congregation wishing to designate an alternate may do so using an additional copy of this form marked accordingly. A congregation that is part of a multi-congregation parish, other than the congregation supplying the voting lay delegate, may elect and depute an advisory lay delegate using the separate DISTRICT CONVENTION ADVISORY DELEGATE REGISTRATION FORM.

Form Instructions: Voting delegates should complete the accreditation form and obtain the two required congregational officer signatures. Scanned and electronic signatures are acceptable. The completed and signed form may be uploaded here – or mailed to the Southern District Office (if mailed, no later than March 7, 2022) – or presented to the Southern District Secretary at the opening of the convention. Uploading or mailing the form will greatly expedite your check-in time at the convention. (If uploading the form, be sure to attach the completed and signed form – not the oiginal blank form.) Your registration is not complete, and you are not eligible to vote until this completed and signed form is submitted.

A congregation that is part of a multi-congregation parish, other than the congregation supplying the voting lay delegate, may elect and, using this form, depute an advisory lay delegate (Const. Art. XII 10 b). This form may be either submitted to the district office by a date determined by the district or presented to the district secretary at the opening of the convention (Bylaw 4.2.2[a]). A congregation wishing to designate an alternate may do so using an additional copy of this form marked accordingly.

Form Instructions: Multi-congregation parish congregational advisory delegates should complete the accreditation form and obtain the two required congregational officer signatures. Scanned and electronic signatures are acceptable. The completed and signed form may be uploaded here – or mailed to the Southern District Office (if mailed, no later than March 7, 2022) – or presented to the Southern District Secretary at the opening of the convention. Uploading or mailing the form will greatly expedite your check-in time at the convention. (If uploading the form, be sure to attach the completed and signed form – not the oiginal blank form.) Your registration is not complete, and you are not eligible to vote until this completed and signed form is submitted.

Synod Bylaw 4.2.3:

All nonvoting ordained and commissioned ministers who are members of the Synod within the district shall, unless they present a valid excuse, serve as advisory delegates.

(a) They are entitled to voice and vote on a floor committee, if appointed, and to voice in the convention.

(b) All advisory delegates* are expected to attend all sessions of the convention.

(c) Those advisory delegates* whose office in the Synod, district, or other agency imposes professional or service requirements on which full and regular convention attendance makes undue demands, shall nevertheless, in consultation with their supervisory boards, arrange for their own partial or occasional attendance and participation in accordance with policies established by their supervisory boards.

* Failing the congregational ratification of the constitutional amendment of Res. 9-05 (see Handbook preface), Bylaw 4.2.3 (b–c) will continue to read “advisory members” rather than “advisory delegates.”

Congregations received a Treasurer’s Letter from the Southern District Business Office in August 2020, with information about the congregational assessment. The Treasurer’s Letter included the per-communicant member cost. An assessment invoice will be mailed in October 2021, which will include the total cost of the congregation’s assessment.

Pay your congregational assessment online here.

If you prefer to mail a check, please send it to:

Southern District – LCMS
100 Mission Drive
Slidell, LA 70460

Make checks payable to “The Southern District.”

Exhibitor spaces at the Southern District Convention are available. The cost is $100 per table, and your space will be reserved upon receipt of payment.

Registration and Payments
Register here.

Pay the exhibitor fee online here.

If you prefer to mail your payment, it may be sent to:

Southern District – LCMS
100 Mission Drive
Slidell, LA 70460

Make checks payable to “The Southern District.”

Shipments of Display Items
Shipped display items will be received after March 16, 2022, at The Harbor Center. Clearly mark “Southern District Convention” on the outside of the box so that it is not mistakenly opened by an unintended recipient for the wrong event.

Please ship display items to this address:

The Harbor Center
100 Harbor Center Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70460
Attn: Janice Howard – Southern District Convention

Set-Up
Exhibitors may begin set-up on March 21, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.

Questions and Additional Information
If you have questions or need more information, please contact Janice Howard (email or 985-605-5403).

The Convention Workbook will be published here.

Today’s Business will also be published here.

The agenda will be published here.

You are responsible for booking your own room. We have a block of rooms at the hotels listed below.

Hotel Rate and Taxes
The rate at each hotel is $89.00 per night. This rate will be honored on March 20 – 23, 2022. The rate does not include 12.75% tax and $2.00 per night occupancy tax. Taxes are subject to change, and taxes due at the time of checkout are those in effect at the time of checkout. The hotels require a credit card when the reservation is made.

The reservation period for our convention block ends on February 20, 2022. Beginning February 21, 2022, the remainder of rooms in our block will be put back into the hotels’ general inventory.

Breakfast
* The Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Quality Inn, Comfort Inn & Suites, and Sleep Inn offer complimentary hot breakfast.
** Candlewood Suites does not offer complimentary hot breakfast.

To book a room, please call your preferred hotel. Phone numbers are listed below. When calling to book, please state that your reservation is for the group: “Southern District LCMS.” This is the block code for our event.

Holiday Inn Express
1255 Frontage Rd.
Slidell, LA 70460
985-888-1990
13.3 miles (15 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
* Complimentary breakfast

Candlewood Suites
100 Holiday Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70460
985-326-0120
13.1 miles (15 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
** No complimentary breakfast
Quality Inn
34579 Grantham College Rd.
Slidell, LA 70460
985-326-0890
13 miles (14 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
* Complimentary breakfast

Best Western
120 Taos St.
Slidell, LA 70458
985-781-5655
6.2 miles (9 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
* Complimentary breakfast

Comfort Inn & Suites
126 Taos St.
Slidell, LA 70458
985-326-8888
6.2 miles (9 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
* Complimentary breakfast

Sleep Inn
142 Oak Ct.
Slidell, LA 70458
985-641-2143
1.3 miles (3 minutes)
from The Harbor Center
* Complimentary breakfast 

Convention attendees will have time on Friday to leave the convention site for lunch. Here is a list or restaurants near The Harbor Center:

List will be published here.

After the convention, the Convention Proceedings will be published here.

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