PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO
GRACE LUTHERAN CONSTITUTION & POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
In the beginning of 2017, the Council asked Pastor Coe to seek volunteers to work on an update of our constitution. Now, more than a year later, Jim Norman and Claudia Wagner (who had to drop out early in the process due to family commitments) have done a tremendous job and we have draft amendments to consider.
There are many proposed amendments. They fall into three categories:
A. The majority of the proposed amendments are updates to keep our congregational constitution in sync with the ELCA Model Constitution. The Model Constitution is revised every three years and there have been many revisions since we last updated our congregational constitution in 2003. All ELCA congregations are supposed to keep their constitutions in sync with the model constitution.
B. There are a few proposed amendments to accurately reflect what Grace Lutheran is currently doing or to add language that was considered very important.
C. Lastly, there are a few amendments that are purely grammatical improvements.
There are two sets of documents available. One is a red-lined version showing the additions and deletions to the existing constitution and policies and procedures. This may be a challenge to read, but makes it easier to identify where changes have been made. The second set is a clean copy of the revised constitution and policies and procedures including all the changes.
The process for revising the constitution is complicated. Here is the flow of events.
a. Congregation Council proposes amendments to constitution – Completed, September 18, 2018
b. Congregation is notified of proposed amendments 30 days prior to a congregational meeting to consider such amendments – Current Step
c. Amendments are approved by a majority vote of voting members present at congregational meeting – Scheduled for January 27, 2019
d. Approved amendments are sent to the synod for review and approval of the proposed amendments – February through mid-June, 2019.
e. The amendments are ratified without change at the next annual meeting of the congregation by a two-thirds vote of those voting members present and voting – Scheduled for June 30, 2019.
f. The amendments go into effect upon notification that the synod has approved them and they pass the second meeting – After June 30, 2019.
You can see that this is a long process with a number of meetings and approvals. We invite you to review these documents. If you have questions or concerns please bring them up with Pastor Coe or Penny Westerfield, Council President as soon as possible. If there are groups or individuals that would like to review the document in more detail, Pastor Coe and Jim Norman are available for such meetings. Thank you!