Each of this church's expressions—congregations, synods, and the churchwide organization—has a 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.
- CONSTITUTION – NIS 2019 revised May 2020
- NIS Proposed Constitution for Synod Assembly 2021
- 2021 Constitution Revisions FAQs
Model Constitution for Congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – elca.org website has the constitution in several different formats
Constitution Bylaws and Continuing Resolutions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) – Click the “Governance and Policy” tab.
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.
Guide for Use of the Model Constitution for Congregations is a helpful reference for congregations reviewing their constitutions. Congregations are encouraged to work with their synod's Constitution Committee from the outset of their work; this may ensure a greater likelihood that the synod will approve the proposed changes (*C17.03., new *C16.03.).
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.