Legal Resources

Support and resources for your congregation's legal issues.

From time to time, questions may arise around legal issues. In order to address them, the ELCA has a department with a number of answers and resources.

To learn more, visit Legal Resources on


Sexual Misconduct Policy
Our congregations should be a safe haven for our children. Together with the ELCA, our synod works hard to prevent sexual misconduct and ensure a safe experience for children and adults alike, at every congregation. Prevention begins with education, so please read the following materials thoroughly. The Metropolitan Chicago Synod has implemented a thorough sexual misconduct policy to prevent issues before they arise, and to address them appropriately if they do. The policy should be read and adhered to by all rostered and lay leaders within a congregation. It is a good idea to keep a copy on file at your congregation.


Background Checks
In order to run a background check on a potential hire or congregational leader, you must first receive authorization from the individual. You can acquire a Background Check Authorization Form from the company you are using for background checks.

If you have specific legal questions, the synod may be able to help. Please contact us.

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