Other helpful CCM documents include:
The following documents are referenced in CCM Opinion 11-2598
(Interpretation of Constitution Art. VI 2 b , February 10-12, 2012 minutes):
- Historical Background and Interpretation of Article VI.2 of the Constitution of The Lutheran—Church Missouri Synod - a Research Study Document provided for and on behalf of the CCM by Gerhard Bode January, 2012 - Download
- Response to “Request for CTCR Opinion Concerning Continued Eligibility of an Inactive Emeritus Member Under Article VI of the Constitution of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod” Adopted by the CTCR February 12, 2010 - Download
CCM Governing Policy
Standard Operating Procedures Manual
The Bylaws of the Synod require the Commission on Constitutional Matters to provide comprehensive procedures manuals for dispute resolution and expulsion from membership processes in the Handbook of the Synod. Accordingly, a Standard Operating Procedures Manual has been prepared for Bylaw sections 1.10, 2.14, 2.15, 2.16, and 2.17.
The commission is currently reviewing and revising existing manuals to incorporate changes made by the 2010 convention of the Synod.
Guidelines for the Constitution and Bylaws of a Lutheran Congregation
Congregations become members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod only after their constitutions and bylaws have been approved by a constitution committee of one of the Synod’s 35 districts. Similarly, changes to constitutions and bylaws of member congregations become operative only after they have been approved by a district constitution committee.
Because a high degree of uniformity is desirable, the Commission on Constitutional Matters, as a service to the Synod, has issued guidelines for the proper composition of congregations’ constitutions and bylaws.
Frequently Noted Concerns and Aberrations
The Bylaws of the Synod require the Commission on Constitutional Matters to examine the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and policy documents of all agencies of the Synod to ascertain that they are in harmony with the Constitution, Bylaws, and resolutions of the Synod. Agencies that intend to make amendments to their articles of incorporation or bylaws must make such intentions known and receive approval of the changes from the commission before taking official action.
In its review of agency documents, the commission has noted a frequency of instances of minor departures from the norm of how the Synod prepares documents, as in its Bylaws and the commission’s documents. Rather than call attention to each of these details individually and repeatedly, the commission has prepared a checklist of these “Frequently Noted Concerns and Aberrations” to alert document preparers and editors. In this manner the commission promotes and facilitates uniformity of language and grammar usage in bylaw and policy documents throughout the Synod.