Constitutional Amendments approved by Convention now on to the Congregations

Posted a couple of days ago on LCMSnews, the constitutional amendments have been mailed to the congregations and are going through the process of congregational approval. Congregations have until March 15th to return their ballots saying approve or reject the two amendments. The information can be found here. For approval of these amendments, two-thirds of the congregations submitting ballots must approve each of the changes.

Resolution 8-10, “To Amend Constitution Articles X and XI,” received the required two-thirds vote during Session 12 of the 2010 convention [Yes: 796; No: 305]. It amended Articles X and XI by changing the title of “Vice-President–Finance—Treasurer” to “Chief Financial Officer” and made this an appointed position.

Resolution 8-27, “To Add a New Article XIV,” was adopted by the required two-thirds vote during Session 12 of the 2010 convention [Yes: 762; No: 346]. It added a new Article XIV to the Constitution to clarify the relationship between the Bylaws and the Constitution, renumbering former Article XIV accordingly.


From Today’s Business:

Congregations Walking Together in Mission and Served by a Flexible National Office
To Amend Constitution Articles X and XI
RESOLUTION 8-10
TF Report (CW TFR, pp. 39–44)

WHEREAS, Resolution 8-08 realigned the national office for more effective ministry; and

WHEREAS, The Vice-President–Finance—Treasurer will be appointed by the Board of Directors and given the title Chief Financial Officer; therefore be it

Resolved, That Articles X and XI be amended as shown (“2007 Handbook Convention Version,” TB, pp. 163–165).


From Today’s Business:

Congregations Walking Together in Mission by Clarifying the Priority of the Constitution
To Add A New Article XIV
RESOLUTION 8-27
TF Report (CW TFR, p. 44)

WHEREAS, There are no Articles in the Constitution that clarify that if a bylaw adopted by simple majority vote serves to confuse or contradict the Constitution of the Synod, the Constitution will “trump” the bylaw; and

WHEREAS, There is a need to clarify the relationship between the Bylaws and the Constitution of the Synod; therefore be it

Resolved, A new Article XIV to the Constitution be adopted to satisfy this need, as shown (“2007 Handbook Convention Version,” TB, p. 167).


The actual constitutional changes are found here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.