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Constitution Committee Information

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Constitution Committee Information

Congregations should regularly review their constitution and bylaws. This review helps congregations to operate according to their own governance model. In addition, from time to time, congregations, upon reviewing the documents, want to make changes to better reflect current ministry conditions.

The Handbook (constitution and bylaws) of Synod dictate that initial constitution and bylaws of congregations and revisions, in addition to being done according to their own procedures, must be vetted and approved by the District in which the congregation is a member. The bylaws that speak to of these steps are 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 2.4.1 and 2.4.2 of the 2013 Handbook, page 56-57.

If you are creating an initial constitution and bylaw or are planning to update you constitution and/or bylaws, please review and make tentative decisions. Using the attached form as a cover letter, send or e-send the proposed constitution and bylaws (for new congregations) or current constitution and bylaws, a marked up version, showing the changes that are proposed (for existing congregations seeking to update constitution and/or bylaws).

Download Cover Application

Send or e-send to:

Atlantic District LCMS
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
Attn: Ms. Kristen Schulz
or 
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Once the information is received, a constitution committee will be formed to review the changes as quickly as possible. Once the committee has vetted the changes and has received Atlantic District Board of Directors approval, the congregation is free to vote on the changes. Should the changes be adopted by the congregation, a new current copy of the constitution signed by the President, Secretary and, (if possible) the Pastor should be sent to the District Office. This would be sent via regular mail to:

Atlantic District LCMS
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, NY 10708
Attn: Ms. Kristen Schulz

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