Each of this church's expressions—congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization—has a constitution.

The churchwide assembly meets every three years. Amendments to any synod constitution are approved by the synod assembly. Amendments to any congregation constitution are approved by the congregation at its regular meeting. These meetings are governed by parliamentary procedure. Basic information on parliamentary procedure can be found here.

It is recommended that ELCA congregations and synods review the adopted amendments for their constitutions as soon as possible after each churchwide assembly to incorporate the required changes and to consider the recommended changes.


Congregation Constitutions

Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and supporting resource documents


Synod Constitution

Below is the proposed revised constitution which received Synod Council approval on February 8, 2020.  Next, it will be placed on the agenda for consideration at the 2021 Synod Assembly.  There is also a document that covers the frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the revisions, which will assist you in your review.  Please feel free to contact Assistant to the Bishop, the Rev. Pat Esker at 815-964-9934 with any questions you may have regarding this proposed revised constitution.


ELCA Churchwide

Constitution Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – Click the “Governance and Policy” tab.