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LCC releases materials for congregational vote on Synodical Constitution amendments

December 14, 2017 4 Comments

CANADA – Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC) has released a package of resource materials for congregations as they prepare to vote on changes to the synodical constitution adopted at the 2017 synodical convention.

“These proposed changes in structure were all adopted by the 2017 LCC Convention by a strong majority,” explains LCC First Vice President Nolan Astley in an executive summary on the congregational ratification process. “Because some of these changes require amendment of the Constitution of LCC, a congregational ratification vote is necessary to approve the changes to the constitution. In order to be adopted the constitutional amendments must be approved by two-thirds of the congregations participating in the ratification vote.”

The resource package now released by LCC provides congregations with the tools they need to participate in the ratification process. The package includes:

“The Board of Directors of LCC, together with the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure, urges member congregations to give prayerful consideration of these amendments to our Constitution and exercise their right to vote,” writes Vice President Astley in his Executive Summary.

Congregational votes on the proposed changes must take place on or before April 16, 2018. Ballots may be submitted electronically or by mail, but those sent by mail must be postmarked no later than April 17, 2018.



  • Rev. Robert Clifford said:

    The people of the Congregations expect to get to vote on the restructuring changes to the Synod, particularly the elimination of the Districts. As the Circuit Delegate to Convention I have tried to explain to the interested Circuit Congregations that they don’t get to vote on that / that is not what the vote is about.

    ? Will the 1st VP of Synod or the Chairman of the CCMS please explain to the Congregations that they do not get a ratification vote on the fundamental changes to the structure of Synod; those changes were voted in by the delegates at Convention when they changed the Synodical Bylaws & the Statutory Bylaws, & those changes made by the 4 person working group do not get ratified by a post-convention ratification vote by the Congregations.

  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » Installation Service available online said:

    […] new LCC Constitution which provides operational detail for the new structure was sent to LCC congregations for […]

  • Canadian Lutheran Online » Blog Archive » Restructuring document updated said:

    […] – Following the December 14 publication of documents needed by congregations to ratify Lutheran Church–Canada’s new Constitution, two editorial […]

  • Arron Gust said:

    Amen, Pastor Clifford. My sentiments as well. There is no interest in the minimal effort required to send in a vote that really means absolutely nothing. The abstaining is the only sense of meaning congregations sense as having a voice. Sadly the more meaningful vote will be financially and will come from the congregations who feel they were bamboozled.

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