General Synod

General Synod 30

General Synod 30 took place June 26-30, 2015 in Cleveland. The IKC sent an official delegation of 18 who voted during the business sessions. Check back soon for journal entries written by our delegates.


General Synod Information

The General Synod is the representative body of the United Church of Christ and is composed of delegates chosen by the Conferences, voting members of Boards of Directors of Covenanted Ministries who have been elected by General Synod, as described in the Bylaws of the United Church of Christ, and of ex-officio delegates; these shall constitute the voting delegates. There shall not be fewer than three delegates allocated to each Conference. A quorum for the conduct of business shall consist of one-third of the voting delegates, provided that in this number at least two-thirds of the Conferences are represented by at least one delegate each. There shall also be associate delegates, without vote, as determined by the Bylaws of the United Church of Christ or action of the General Synod.

 

The General Synod has the following powers, provided, however, that no power vested in the General Synod shall invade the autonomy of Conferences, Associations, and Local Churches, or impair their right to acquire, own, manage, and dispose of property and funds:


  • To carry on, directly and through its Executive Council, as well as through the Covenanted, Affiliated, and Associated Ministries and other bodies, the work of the United Church of Christ, and to provide for the financial support of this work
  • To create such bodies, temporary or permanent, incorporated or unincorporated, suitable for the discharge of its responsibilities
  • To organize as required for the transaction of business
  • To call and elect Officers of the United Church of Christ who shall be chosen from the membership of the United Church of Christ and who with the Moderators shall serve as Officers of the General Synod
  • To nominate and elect those members of Boards of Directors of the Covenanted Ministries whose election is vested in the General Synod
  • To determine by appropriate Bylaws the composition of an Executive Council to act for the General Synod ad interim, and to nominate and elect at least a majority of its members
  • To establish and maintain national headquarters for the United Church of Christ
  • To establish a Treasury, which shall receive funds contributed to the General Synod for the support of the United Church of Christ and for its Covenanted Ministries
  • To determine the relationships of the United Church of Christ with ecumenical organizations, world confessional bodies, and other interdenominational agencies
  • To encourage conversations with other communions and when appropriate to authorize and guide negotiations with them, looking toward formal union
  • To amend this Constitution as hereinafter provided
  • To adopt Bylaws for the United Church of Christ and, as hereinafter provided, to amend them