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Constitutional Amendment Meeting
September 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The ILC Council has called a special congregational meeting to consider proposed amendments to the ILC Constitution.
The consideration of proposed amendments is the sole item on the agenda.
A light lunch will be served.
Please see the attached documents for review:
- ILC Constitution – 17 June 2014 – ILC Constitution with proposed amendments up for review at the special meeting
- Highlights of Proposed Constitutional Amendments-2014 – summary of proposed changes to be reviewed at the special meeting
The Immanuel Lutheran Church Constitution is one way in which we are connected to the larger church. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has a model Constitution that is adopted by every ELCA congregation. The Constitution outlines our Lutheran confession of faith, the nature of the church, our statement of purpose, the powers of the congregation, church affiliation, property ownership, membership, the role of the pastor, congregational meetings, officers, council and committees, discipline, and defines how bylaws, amendments, and continuing resolutions govern our common mission. Congregations may “customize” the Constitution to serve local needs, but for the sake of good order and continuity, the core ELCA model may not be altered and bylaws and amendments must be approved by the synod. Pastor Tom currently serves on the Synod Council Committee that reviews constitutional amendments for congregations in the Southwestern Texas Synod.
The Immanuel Lutheran Church Constitution was last amended in 2002. Roughly half of the changes to be presented and voted upon at the September 14th meeting are amendments that have been made to the ELCA model at church-wide assemblies since that time that need also to be included in our constitution. Amendments must be approved by a majority vote of those present and voting at that meeting; be ratified without change at the annual meeting next January by a two-thirds vote of those present and voting; and then be approved by the Synod Council, at which time the amendments go into effect. The ILC Council will mail a document highlighting the proposed changes to every ILC member. Members may pick up a complete draft of the Constitution with the proposed amendments at the Church Office in the next few weeks. Special thanks to Amy Singer and the past and present Council members who have assisted in this work, and thanks to all of the ILC members who will attend the congregational meetings and participate in the process as we gather, grow, and serve.