Standing Committees of the Northern Illinois Synod

The Synod Council is the Board of Directors of the Synod and serves as the interim legislative authority between meetings of the Synod Assembly.  It makes decisions which are not in conflict with actions taken by the Synod Assembly or which are not precluded by provisions of the Synod Constitution and Bylaws or the Constitution and Bylaws of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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works to enable Christians of the Northern Illinois Synod to realize their call to ministry as both lay and professional workers by providing resources, support, and continuing education within our synod, in cooperation with other synods, agencies, and institutions within the ELCA and the Church.
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supports and equips congregations to carry out their ministries.  Currently, most work is carried out by subcommittees in four areas: Worship, Youth Ministry, Parish Planning, Education and Stewardship.
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leads a yearly Mini Global Mission Event for the Synod.  Missionary in Residence program.  Companion Synods (Tanzania and India) program.  Encourages participation in National Global Mission Events.  Scholarships are offered by the committee.
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informs, educates, and assists congregations of the Synod in regards to New and Redeveloping Congregations, Evangelism, Ecumenism, and Natural Church Development.
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The Social Ministry Committee works to inspire and encourage the people of the congregations and communities of the Northern Illinois Synod to care for those in need, serve our neighbors, seek justice and righteousness for all people.
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Other Committees Required by the Synod Constitution

The functions of the Committee on Discipline of this synod are set forth in Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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+S11.03. The Committee on Discipline of this synod shall consist of 12 persons of whom six shall be ordained ministers and six shall be laypersons, who shall each be elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years without consecutive reelection.

a. The functions of the Committee on Discipline of this synod are set forth in Chapter 20 or the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

b. The terms of committee members shall be staggered so that the terms of four committee members (two clergy and two lay) expire every two years.

c. The Synod Council shall fill vacancies on the Committee on Discipline for any unexpired term.

SEE CHAPTER 20. CONSULTATION, DISCIPLINE, APPEALS, AND ADJUDICATION IN THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA CONSTITUTION.

The functions of the Consultation Committee are set forth in Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in Chapter 17 of this constitution.
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+S11.02. The Consultation Committee of this synod shall consist of at least six persons and not more than 12 persons, of whom half shall be ordained ministers and half shall be laypersons, who shall each be elected by the Synod Assembly for a term of six years without consecutive reelection. The functions of the Consultation Committee are set forth in Chapter 20 of the Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in Chapter 17 of this constitution. The size of the Consultation Committee, in accord with this provision shall be defined in this synod’s bylaws.

+S17.11. When there is disagreement among factions within a congregation on a substantive issue that cannot be resolved by the parties, members of a congregation shall have access to the synodical bishop for consultation after informing the chair of the Congregation Council of their intent. If the consultation fails to resolve the issues(s), the matter shall be referred to the Synod Council, whose decision shall be final.

SEE CHAPTER 20. CONSULTATION, DISCIPLINE, APPEALS, AND ADJUDICATION IN THE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH IN AMERICA CONSTITUTION.

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