Disaffiliation from the ELCA

Procedure for Taking a Congregational Vote to Disaffiliate from the ELCA


Our congregation has decided we want to consider disaffiliating from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. What are the steps that we need to take?


Considering a motion to disaffiliate from the ELCA is one of the most serious actions that can be taken by voting members of an ELCA congregation. The constitutional provisions are designed to ensure that voting members of the congregation have an opportunity to evaluate thoroughly the issues involved with terminating the relationship between the congregation and the ELCA. It is critical, therefore, that the governing documents of the ELCA, the synod and the congregation be strictly observed and followed.

Reflections on Leaving the ELCA


We are so opposed to the ministry policy changes taken by the 2009 Churchwide Assembly that we feel like leaving the ELCA. How should we ponder this possibility?


First, an anecdote to help you in your discernment.

Many of us have had the experience of driving down a highway and suddenly hitting a bank of fog—going from “clear sailing” to a situation of very low visibility. How do you respond when you are suddenly driving through a foggy stretch of highway?

Dual Membership