Constitution Committee

The Constitution Committee reviews congregational constitutions as changes and updates are made so that these constitutions adhere to the Model Constitution for Congregations as adopted by the ELCA Churchwide Assemblies.

The documents and links provided below will help church councils as they update and modify their congregation's constitution so that the document is in compliance with ELCA Churchwide constitutional guidelines. Please note that all changes to a congregation's constitution, except for mandatory updates resulting from ELCA Churchwide Assembly actions, must be reviewed and approved by the Southern Ohio Synod Constitution Committee. Send an electronic copy of the updated/revised constitution to Pr. Bob Abrams, rabrams@southernohiosynod.org. Please contact the synod office at 614.464.3532 with questions.

ELCA Constitutions Link

Links to the ELCA's Office of the Secretary page on ELCA.org. Use this link to view and download the Model Constitution for Congregations and 2016 updates as approved by the 2016 ELCA Churchwide Assembly.

Helpful Hints for Congregational Constitution Updates

The Southern Ohio Synod’s Constitution Committee offers tips in this document to assist congregations in updating their constitutions. (Click on title above)