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Application for 
Congregational Membership in ELCM

Upon the approval by the ELCM General Conference Executive Board a congregation is received as full rostered member to the ELCM congregational roster subject only to the successful conclusion of the 30 day affirmation period which begins upon the date of notification to ELCM member congregations and member pastors of the Executive Board approval of the applicant congregation. Upon the conclusion of the 30 day affirmation period the approved applicant congregation is deemed a full voting member without any period of probationary membership.

KJV Psalm 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: 
he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

KJV Psalm 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, 
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

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Application for Congregational Membership in ELCM

Congregation Name __________________________________________________________________

Congregation Address ________________________________________________________________


State or Commonwealth  ______________________________________________

Country______________________________________      Zip Code____________

Church Office Address   (if different from Church Address)



Church Office Telephone Number (_____)   ________________________ 

Check one of the following as applicable:

______ New congregation 
______ Established congregation since ___________  (Date of Incorporation or founding) 
______ Currently In process of formation 



Does your congregation own a Parsonage?  _________


Do you own your own church facility?    ___________


Your Present Church body or Synod affiliation  _____________________________________________


The Baptized Membership of the Congregation ________________________


How many Worship Services do you hold on the average week?  __________ 


The name of the hymnal (s) used for weekly worship ___________________________________




What is the frequency of the Sacrament of Communion in your congregation each year?  _________


Describe the Educational Ministry of your Congregation during the past year.  (For example: Sunday School, Youth Ministry, Bible Study Classes, Classes in the Lutheran Confessional teachings) 






What curriculum materials have you used in your programs? _____________________________




Name of Present Pastor  _________________________________________________________


Address of Present Pastor_______________________________________________________




How long has your present Pastor served your congregation ________________


Will your present Pastor be making application for membership in our Synod together with the congregation  _____________ 


Name of the President of the Congregation, if it is a person other than the Pastor.








Telephone  (_____)      _______________________________


Name of the Lay Vice President of the congregation  _______________________________________


Address  ____________________________________________________________________




Telephone (_____)   _______________________



Additional information

I. Include any pertinent Information that you think should be known about the congregation.

II. Submit a brief history of the congregation with this form.

III. Submit a brief paper ( typed and double spaced) in which you as a church board/ council/ congregation describe the qualities that you desire in future pastors. Please complete this step even if you are presently served by a pastor and your pastor also plans to make application for charter Clergy membership to our Synod with the congregation.)

IV. Submit a copy of the Constitution and Bylaws of your Congregation. If you have a copy of a budget plan for the current year or for the previous year and would be willing to share that information this also would be helpful as we learn to know you as a congregation.

When you have completed all of the above parts of the application Mail the completed application and accompanying information to our President as follows:

Pastor Roy A. Steward, President of ELCM 1035 Poland Avenue, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601-9521

When your materials have been received The President will make contact by Telephone to confirm the receipt of the Application document and accompanying materials and at that time will present a scheduled time of the meeting of our board and officers for the purpose of considering and acting upon the application of your congregation.

If your congregation would like to meet with the President for a time of getting acquainted prior to any board Action such a meeting can be arranged at the time of the receipt of documents confirmation.

We give thanks to God that you are considering and/ or have made application to be a Charter Member congregation of our Centrist Lutheran Synod.

Blessings to you in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.