The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Seeds for renewal

Review your constitution

Does anything sound as dry as a congregational constitution? But if you scratch the surface, you may find it contains some seeds of renewal for your congregation.

Embedded in the ELCA's Model Constitution for Congregations are words and opportunities to elaborate that can encourage congregations to open their doors wide, sharing the good news and the grace of God generously.

One door that comes clearly into view when looking at a congregation's governing documents is the one to membership, or how we define our church family. Many older constitutions or bylaws contain hurdles to maintaining membership in a congregation.

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