Regulations on the Synod of Evangelical Churches of the Augsburg Confession
1. The Synod of Evangelical Churches of the Augsburg Confession (hereinafter referred to as the Synod) is a voluntary association of independent local Churches of the Lutheran Confession.
2. The Synod is not a legal entity, and does not need to undergo state registration, being a supra-church and international association.
3. Aims and objectives of the Synod:
3.1. Preaching the gospel of Christ.
3.2. Propagation of Lutheran doctrine.
3.3. Building relationships and spiritual communion between the Churches that are part of the Synod.
3.4. Conducting seminars, webinars on the joint study of the Holy Scripture (Bible) and doctrinal documents of the Lutheran confession, theological works and the spiritual heritage of Dr. Martin Luther.
4. Synod Leadership:
4.1. The leadership of the Synod is carried out by the Chairman, elected from among the clergy of the Churches that are members of the Synod..
4.2. The election of the Chairman is carried out by open voting of all the clergy of the Churches that are members of the Synod.
4.3. The Chairman coordinates the activities of the Synod. Has the right to act on behalf of the Synod, and to represent it in other organizations, to conclude concordats, agreements on Eucharistic communion with Churches that are not members of the Synod.
4.4. The Chairman is elected for a term of one year, with the right of subsequent re-election..
4.5. The Chairman has the right to appoint the Deputy Chairman of the Synod, who performs auxiliary functions in coordinating the activities of the Synod..
5. Membership in the Synod
5.1. To join the Synod, an authorized representative of the community (bishop, presbyter, president) submits a Statement of Intention to join the Synod. The application is submitted to the Chairman of the Synod.
5.2. The decision to admit a new member to the Synod is made by a conciliar decision, by open voting. The Chairman of the Synod presents the candidate for voting. At the same time, those entering the Synod must confirm their identification as the Lutheran Church..
5.3. The exclusion of a member of the Synod is made by a conciliar decision by open voting. A candidate for expulsion from the Synod is submitted by the Chairman of the Synod.
6. Activities of the Synod
6.1. The Synod holds meetings, including in the form of webinars, at least once every 3 months, to resolve pressing issues.
6.2 The Chairman of the Synod is responsible for the presence of the leading members of the Churches that are members of the Synod.
6.3 The meeting of the Synod is considered to be held if the attendance is not less than 55%.
7. Liquidation of the Synod.
7.1. The Synod may be liquidated by the decision of the members of the Synod.
8. About these Regulations:
8.1. The provisions come into force by decision of the members of the Synod and the approval of the Chairman and are accepted for execution by all the Churches of the Synod.