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Tenth Biennial Convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
July 21 - 24, 2005
Winnipeg, Manitoba

In Mission for Others

Second Reading Constitution Amendments

Please note text to be removed is italic while new text is bolded.

  1. That the ELCIC Constitution Article XII, (Officers) Section 3 be amended as follows:

    Section 3. Should a vacancy occur ad interim in any of the offices with the exception of the office of bishop, the National Church Council is empowered to fill the same until the next regular convention, or to call a special convention to fill the vacancy. Each election by a convention shall be for a full term of office.

  2. That the ELCIC Constitution Article XII, (Officers) Section 6 be amended as follows:

    Section 6. The vice-chairperson shall:

    b. In the event of the death, resignation, or incapacity of the bishop, convene the National Church Council to fill the vacancy and provide for the discharge of the bishop’s duties until the National Church Council has made the appointment pending the election of a new bishop at a regular or special convention; and

  3. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article IX (Synods), Section 6 be removed from the Constitution and that the subsequent sections be renumbered:

    The voting body at the conventions of each synod shall consist of the lay delegates from its congregations and those persons on its roster of ordained ministers.

  4. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article VII (Ordained Ministers), Section 3 be amended to change the final sentence as follows:

    The majority of the members of the examining committee shall be appointed or elected by the synod. ;at least one member shall be designated by this church.

  5. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article VIII (Lay Diaconal Ministers), Section 2 be amended to change the final sentence as follows:

    The majority of the members of the examining committee shall be appointed or elected by the synod. ;at least one member shall be designated by National Church Council.

  6. That the ELCIC Constitution, Article X (Conventions), Sections 2 and 3 be amended as follows and that sections 4 through 7 be repealed:

    Section 2. A convention of this church shall be held biennially in accordance with the ELCIC Act of Incorporation at a time and place determined by the National Church Council.

    Section 3. Special conventions shall be called for specified purposes by the bishop of this church to be held within ninety days of receiving a request in writing from two-thirds of the members of the National Church Council or from two-thirds of the synods.

    Section 3. The frequency, function, composition and responsibilities of the convention shall be defined in the Administrative Bylaw, Part V.

    Section 4. The secretary shall publish the time and place of each regular convention at least six months in advance. The secretary shall give written notice of a special convention to each congregation and each ordained minister serving under call, and shall publish the same at least thirty days prior to the opening date of the convention.

    Section 5. The voting membership of conventions shall consist of:

    1. Two hundred ordained ministers elected by the conferences as allocated by the National Church Council on the basis of baptized membership;
    2. A lay delegate elected by each parish* not already represented by an ordained minister and an additional lay delegate elected by every parish with more than eight hundred baptized members. Any parish with less than eight hundred members represented by an ordained minister for two consecutive conventions may not be represented by an ordained minister at the following convention.

    Section 6. The voting membership at a special convention shall consist of the delegates seated in the preceding regular convention provided they have not been disqualified by termination of membership in the parish they represented. Vacancies in delegations shall be filled by conferences and parishes as necessary.

    Section 7. A quorum shall consist of twenty per cent of the eligible voting members provided that such members are from at least two-thirds of the synods.

    *A parish is defined as consisting of those baptized persons served by a common pastoral ministry in one or more congregations.

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