The Model Constitution for Congregations is consistent with the requirements of the constitutional governing documents of the ELCA’s churchwide organization and synods:
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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.).
To have the synod secretary review your congregation’s constitution or bylaws, please send them to Roberto Lara, Assistant to the Bishop for Communication and Development, to [email protected] with the subject line “[Name of Congregation] Constitution/Bylaws.”