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