Welcome to the Northern Illinois Synod’s congregation constitution resource page! Below you will find a number of resources to assist you as you engage in this important work. As you work on your constitution, if you find you have specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office. Bishop Clements is committed to going beyond the ELCA required synod role of reviewing your document, to offering your congregation useful information we have gathered over the years. We have accumulated “best practices” that have proven themselves to be efficient, effective, and helpful to congregations as they strive to engage in the ministries of their congregation. These practices are not required but are meant to provide you with a proven resource that you may wish to use as you work on your congregation’s constitution. Bishop Clements is committed to our shared partnership as together we strive to make Christ known throughout the world!
Contact Pr. Pat Esker, Assistant to the Bishop for Operations and Governance, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-964-9934.
- CRE Congregation Constitutions Handout
- Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – the elca.org website has the constitution in several different formats
- Guidelines for Language for Congregation Officers
- Guideline for Endowments
- Example Endowment Fund Language