The Synod Assembly meets every two years to conduct the governance business of the Synod and to gather together.
Synod Assembly 2018
Documents for the 2018 Synod Assembly
will be posted here soon.
How many commissioners can each presbytery elect?
Each presbytery can elect:
Two (2) ruling elders,
Two (2) teaching elders, and
One (1) young adult advisory delegate (YAAD) between the ages of 17 and 22.
It would also be wise to elect one or two alternates in case someone cannot attend at the last minute.
Who should be elected?
Diversity - To remain faithful to the core values of the New Way Forward, presbyteries are encouraged to elect people who represent age, gender, racial/ethnic, and other diversities within your bounds. According to the Synod’s standing rules, presbyteries are encouraged to elect at least one commissioner who will be age thirty-five or younger on the date the Synod Assembly convenes.
Continuity - In order for commissioners to be knowledgeable about Synod matters over the past two years, it would be helpful if presbyteries elect your current Synod Mission & Ministries Commission member as one of your four commissioners.
Moderator Eligibility - If your presbytery wishes to put forth a candidate as Moderator-Elect, or a person within your presbytery wishes to run for Synod Assembly Moderator-Elect, that person will need to be elected as one of your assembly commissioners.
How long is a Commissioner's term?
A commissioner will serve from the opening of the 2018 Synod Assembly (September 21, 2018) until the opening of the next assembly in September 2020. Normally, this means that commissioners will only attend the stated assembly meeting in 2018. However, if it is necessary to call a special assembly meeting before September 2020, the commissioners elected for 2018 will serve at that meeting.
Can 2016 Synod Assembly Commissioners be re-elected?
Yes. Commissioners are allowed to serve a total of six (6) consecutive years, or three two-year terms. (We reset the clock and began tracking terms at the 2014 Synod Assembly.)
When is the election deadline?
Commissioner elections should ordinarily be completed no later than sixty (60) days prior to the stated meeting (July 23, 2018). If your presbytery meets infrequently and cannot meet this deadline, please contact Nancy Talbot, the Synod Stated Clerk.
Who pays Synod Assembly meeting expenses?
The Synod of the Northeast pays travel, lodging, and meal expenses for all commissioners and YAADs on a basis determined by the Synod Mission & Ministries Commission. Presbyteries will pay expenses for your leadership and staff.