Program for the Synod Assembly
The Program of the assembly is the overarching schedule of events connected with our gathering. The business meetings are part of that overarching schedule. We also gather for worship and meals, and, sometimes, we gather for education, entertainment, and fellowship as well. Because there are many different and interdependent actors involved in providing meals and worship, the program of an assembly is set in advance by the assembly planning team under the oversight of the synod officers and Synod Council.
Saturday, 16 October 2021
|10:00—10:05 AM||Opening Devotions|
|10:05—11:15 PM||Business Meeting I of the Synod Assembly|
|11:15 AM—1:00 PM||Adjournment for Lunch|
|1:00—4:30 PM||Business Meeting II of the Synod Assembly|
Agenda for the Synod Assembly
The Agenda of the assembly is the schedule that governs the business meetings of the assembly. While the program is set by the assembly planning team (as authorized and within the parameters set by the Synod Council), the agenda, is wholly owned by the assembly, i.e., the assembly sets the order of business and times at which special orders take place within the parameters of the governing documents and the parliamentary authority. Consequently, the assembly is provided with a proposed agenda, but it is free to adopt, amend, or reject the proposed agenda.
An agenda features two classes of orders: (1) the order of business and (2) special orders. The order of business is the sequence in which business is handled. There are no specific times assigned to any of the items in the order of business (except for the call to order). One simply moves from one item to the next as each item is either completed or the assembly chooses to set aside for consideration at a later time. Special orders have assigned times, and a special order may interrupt the flow of business, suspending the flow of regular business until the special order is dispensed with. Once the special order has been dispensed with, the business resumes where it left off. If the chair neglects to proceed to special orders at the time appointed, any member can compel the chair to do so by “calling for the orders of the day.”
Two notes about unscheduled items (i.e., items that do not appear on the agenda):
- Recesses can take place whenever the assembly determines that it needs a break. The chair will, from time to time, order a recess at his/her discretion. A recess can be ordered by the assembly as well.
- The report of the Elections Committee can take place as soon as it is ready. When that report is ready depends upon the time it takes to count ballots. When runoff elections are required, the assembly may set a special order for such if it wishes. Likewise, the assembly may set as a special order the first general ballot after floor nominations have been received.
When the agenda is presented to the assembly, the chair will ask for a motion to adopt the agenda (i.e., the order of business and special orders for the Friday and Saturday). As mentioned, the agenda may be amended (like any other motion) as part of their consideration. Once approved, the agenda may be amended under the same rules as used for amending something previously adopted. New special orders may be created by the assembly throughout the course of the session.
|Saturday, 16 October 2021||11:00 AM||First Ballot for Bishop|
Order of Business
|Call to Order|
|Report of the Registration Committee|
|Organization of the Assembly
|Report of the Secretary|
|Report of the Nominating Committee
|Report of the Bishop|
|Report of the Vice President|
|Report of the Treasurer
|Report of the Churchwide Representative|
|Report of the Committee on the Bishop’s Report|
|Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Bylaws|
|Report of the Global Missions Committee|
|Report of the Commission on Synod Lay Worship Leaders|
|Report of the Committee on Resolutions|
|Report of the Committee on Reference & Counsel|