In LCC: Constitutional Considerations I discussed counting delegates for a quorum, and what would happen if the entire CCMS was sent to the Committee on Adjudication.
“Carl Vehse” once again weighed in with an interesting analysis in a comment on that article, and I’m quoting the comment in full here.
The 24 congregation-appointed delegates was merely an example. If one wants to estimate a more probable number of delegates who actually have been appointed by their congregations, these facts should be considered:
1. The LCC has approximately 300 congregations, some of which are part of a multi-congregation parish, which only gets one pastor and one lay delegate.
2. The LCC has approximately 220 pastors, some of which are pastors of multi-congregation parishes and some are assistant pastors of a single congregation.
3. The LCC Regular Convention was scheduled for June 11-14, 2021.
4. According to Statutory Bylaw 8.01 (Subject to 8.02 and 8.03), LCC congregations had until March 13, 2021, to appoint delegates to the 2021 Regular Convention.
5. The July 9th (2020) notice sent to LCC congregation made no mention of the LCC Statuatory Bylaw 8.01 (Subject to 8.02 and 8.03) requirement for congregations to elect or appoint congregation delegates for the October 17, 2020, Special Convention.
6. Neither the July 9th notice nor the three July 16-dated documents mentioned that congregations needed to appoint their delegate at least 90 days prior to the October 17th Special Convention (i.e., July 19th).
7. Congregations alerted by the July 9th Special Convention notice and desiring to appoint their delegates in the few days remaining according to Bylaw 8.01, were subsequently informed on July 16th about the CCMS ruling that circuit delegates would be used at the Special Convention, and that any delegate vacancies would be filled by circuit selections, not congregation appointments.
Long story short – LCC’s communication cited CCMS rulings while leaving out the applicable consitutional bylaws and they also left out the part about member churches having a deadline to have delegates in place on or before July 19, 2020 in order to be eligible to attend the Oct 2020 virtual convention.