Search:

Governance

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→

ECLA

Our Synod

Hours and Calendar MCSELCA

Synod Office Holidays and Closed Days 2020

  • Tuesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
  • Monday, January 20 – Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Friday, April 10 – Good Friday
  • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day
  • Friday, July 3 – Independence Day
  • Monday, September 7 – Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 26 – Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday, November 27 – Day after Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Friday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Synod Snapshot

Synod Snapshot

  • Located in Northeast Illinois, in Chicago and its surrounding area.
  • 173 active congregations
  • 4 counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Lake
  • 8 conferences What is a conference?
  • 79,543 baptized members as of 2017

ECLA

Synod Resources

Congregation Map MCSELCA

Congregation Map

Find our more about how our synod is divided and organized using our maps:

View conference map→

View Google Map of Churches and Communities →

ELCA Research and Evaluation

ELCA Synod Research and Evaluation

The Research and Evaluation unit of the ELCA collects research on each synod, including the Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

Learn more at ELCA’s website →

The Tree MCSELCA

The Tree

The Tree is a powerful symbol for the work of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod.

View / download The Tree here→

Metropolitan Chicago Synod Office

Ph: 773-248-0021

Address: 1420 W. Dickens Avenue

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

THE METROPOLITAN CHICAGO SYNOD IS A RECONCILING IN CHRIST SYNOD

What does this mean?