Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

– Romans 13:1

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

MCSELCA Governance Structure Leadership Constitution

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. You can view our constitution here→

Synod Assembly

The synod assembly is the highest legislative authority in the synod and meets yearly. Learn about the Synod Assembly here→.

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. View the members of our Synod Council here→.

Conference Deans

Each of our eight conferences elects a dean. View our conference map and see the current deans here→

Our Synod

Hours and Calendar MCSELCA

Synod Office Holidays and Closed Days

    • New Year’s Day
    • Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Good Friday
    • Memorial Day
    • Juneteenth
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Day after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
    • New Year’s Eve

Synod Snapshot

Synod Snapshot

  • Located in Northeast Illinois, in Chicago and its surrounding area.
  • 165 active congregations
  • 4 counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake
  • 8 conferences What is a conference?
  • nearly 70,000 baptized members

Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office

Ph: 773-248-0021

Address: 1420 W. Dickens Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

In Jesus’ name: we proclaim the gospel, make disciples, do justice.


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