Constitution Committee

For changes to a church's constitution and bylaws

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 2019 Handbook, page 54-55.

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).

Send or e-mail completed applications to

Atlantic District LCMS
1385 Broadway 12th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Attn: Mr. Christopher Schmidt

  • Constitution Cover Application

  • Constitution Guidelines