the process

Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry
Leander, TX
Texas District

Determine voters
Two voters will represent your church as attesting officers: one pastor and one layperson. Work according to your congregation’s constitution and bylaws to determine your officers. Are you a layperson?
Locate your login credentials
An envelope was mailed to your church on October 17 with your congregation’s login credentials. You’ll need this information to submit your nomination online. The envelope is labeled “LCMS OFFICIAL NOMINATION BALLOT.”*
Login and nominate
Your two attesting officers (one pastor and one layperson) can use your congregation’s login credentials to enter two nominations for LCMS President. We ask that you'd nominate: Rev. Dr. Patrick Ferry, Leander, TX, Texas District. The deadline to submit a nomination is FEBRUARY 28, 2023, at midnight central time.

Read Step 4C of the LCMS nomination guidelines for more information on the process. 
*If this envelope is lost or misplaced, contact the Office of the Secretary of the Synod
( or 314-996-1417) to resend it.

Are you a layperson?

Talk to your pastor or church leader about serving as a lay voter.

Example email:
Dear Pastor, 

Thanks for the ways you lead our church and care for our people. I’m grateful for you.

The 2023 LCMS presidential election is coming up and I’m interested in serving as our congregation’s lay voter. I’m sure you know our congregation gets two voters (a pastor and layperson) to represent our church and can nominate two individuals for LCMS President, First Vice-President, and Regional Vice-President.  

What’s our church’s process for determining our lay voter? I’d like to be considered for the role and am eager to serve both our local congregation and greater church body in this way. Can we talk about this more?

In Christ, [Your name]

P.S. The church was mailed an envelope with our congregation's login credentials in October. Our nominations for LCMS president are due by February 28.
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