Standard Operating Procedures Manual
The Bylaws of the Synod require the Commission on Constitutional Matters to provide comprehensive procedures manuals for the dispute resolution and expulsion from membership processes in the Handbook of the Synod.
Accordingly, a revised Standard Operating Procedures Manual incorporating 2016 convention bylaw changes has been prepared for Bylaw section 1.10 (Dispute Resolution), Bylaw section 2.14 (Membership Expulsion: Congregations or Individuals) and Bylaw 2.17 (Membership Expulsion: Individuals) after consultation with the Council of Presidents of the Synod.
The 2.15 and 2.16 Standard Operating Procedures Manuals are from 2013. They are currently being revised and will be posted upon completion.
- 1.10 – Dispute Resolution — Word | PDF
- 2.14 – Membership Expulsion: Congregations or Individuals — Word | PDF
- 2.15 – Membership Expulsion: District President or Officer — Word | PDF
- 2.16 – Membership Expulsion: President of Synod — Word | PDF
- 2.17 – Membership Expulsion: Individuals (Sexual Misconduct / Criminal Behavior) — Word | PDF
Guidelines for the Constitution and Bylaws of a Lutheran Congregation
Congregations become members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod only after their constitutions and bylaws have been approved by the constitution committee of one of the Synod’s 35 districts. Changes to constitutions and bylaws of existing member congregations also are to be reviewed and approved, with revised documents considered by Synod to be in effect only after they have been approved by a district constitution committee.
Because a high degree of uniformity is desirable, the Commission on Constitutional Matters, as a service to the Synod, has issued guidelines for the proper composition of congregations’ constitutions and bylaws.
Frequently Noted Concerns and Aberrations
The Bylaws of the Synod require the Commission on Constitutional Matters to examine the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policy documents of all agencies of the Synod to ascertain that they are in harmony with the Constitution, Bylaws, and resolutions of the Synod.
Agencies that intend to make amendments to their articles of incorporation or bylaws must make such intentions known and receive approval of the changes from the commission before taking official action.
The commission believes that a high degree of uniformity in the verbiage of these documents is desirable. In its review of agency documents, the commission has noted frequent recurrences of minor departures from the norm established by the Synod when preparing its documents.
Rather than call attention to each of these details individually and repeatedly, the commission has prepared a checklist of these “Frequently Noted Concerns and Aberrations” to alert document preparers and editors to language and grammar departures from the norm established by Synod's Handbook.