Our Structure, Leadership, and Constitution

The Metropolitan Chicago Synod was formed in 1988, when the ELCA was formed by the union of three separate North American church bodies:

  • The American Lutheran Church
  • The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches
  • The Lutheran Church in America

Since then, we have used the following systems of governance:

Synod Constitution
Constitution, Bylaws, and Continuing Resolutions of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod
The foundation for our governance, our constitution is available for all congregations to use as a valuable resource. 

Synod Assembly
The synod assembly is the highest legislative authority in the synod and meets yearly.
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Synod Council
Functioning as the board of directors of the synod, the synod council serves as its interim legislative authority between meetings of the synod assembly.
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Conference Deans
Each of our eight conferences elects a dean. View our conference map and see the current deans.
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