Synods

The Synod of the ELCI, has a legislative period of four years, and it is the sovereign body of the ELCI, which discusses and decides on all matters of ecclesiastical life. The duties are defined in Article 18 in the Constitution of ELCI. The Synod provides voting rights for the following members:

  • Two representatives from each community in accordance with their statutes (with the exception of communities with at least 200 and not more than 400 members with voting rights, which may designate three, and those with more than 400 members with voting rights can designate four)
  • Pastors or Leaders in charge of church service at a pastoral office, recognized by the Synod
  • Additional members, to a maximum of four proposed by the consistory or at least five members of the Synod (with a mandate expiring at the same time that the mandate of the Synod who appointed them)
  • Representatives of the works recognized by the Synod

Also part of it, but without the right to vote, the Chairperson of the Board of Auditors, the Board of Mediators and the Technical and Financial Commissions.  The Presidency of the Synod led by the President and Vice-President, whose duties and responsibilities are described in Art. 20. of the Statute of the ELCI. They are elected for four years, with the possibility of re-election.