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 ELCA.org.
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.
View the synod's Sexual Misconduct Policy in its entirety.
For more information on preventing sexual misconduct, visit the ELCA Office of the Secretary website.
You can find more information on the ELCA’s Called to be a Safe Place website.
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 this using the Background Check Authorization Form.