The 2010 convention adopted two resolutions to amend the Constitution of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Article XIV of the Constitution details the amendment process:
Amendments must not conflict with the provisions laid down in Articles II and VI of the Constitution.
Proposed amendments must be submitted in writing to the Synod assembled in convention.
Each amendment must be voted on separately at the convention and receive a favorable two-thirds majority of votes cast.
The above requirements were all met and the approval process now continues during the months following the convention:
Amendments adopted by the convention must be submitted to the congregations of the Synod by means of three announcements in the Synod’s official periodicals.
The amendments must be submitted directly to each voting congregation of the Synod on an official ballot provided by the Synod.
After taking official action on this matter, congregations must use this official ballot to cast their affirmative or negative votes, returning it to the Secretary of the Synod.
For final approval, amendments must receive a favorable two-thirds majority of all votes cast by congregations within six months of the date of the mailing of the ballots.
The proposed amendments will become effective only if they receive a favorable two-thirds majority of the votes cast.
The proposed amendments will be mailed to congregations in mid-September.
The amendments may be reviewed in the “Notices” section of the September online edition of Reporter. They will appear also in the October print editions of Reporter and The Lutheran Witness, as well as in the October online Reporter.
Raymond L. Hartwig
Posted Aug. 26, 2010