Regulations of the Synod of Evangelical Churches of the Augsburg Confession
1. The Synod of Evangelical Churches of the Augsburg Religion (hereinafter referred to as the Synod) is a voluntary association of independent local Churches of the Lutheran religion.
2. The Synod is not a legal entity, and does not need to undergo state registration, being a supra-church and international association.
3. Goals and objectives of the Synod:
3.1. Preaching the Gospel of Christ.
3.2. The spread of Lutheran faith.
3.3. Building relationships and spiritual communication between the Churches that make up the Synod.
3.4. Conducting seminars, webinars on the joint study of the Holy Scriptures (Bible) and doctrine documents of Lutheran confession, theological works and 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 vote of all the clergy of the Churches that are members of the Synod.
4.3. The chairman coordinates the activities of the Synod. It has the right to act on behalf of the Synod, and to represent it in other organizations, conclude concordats, and treaties on Eucharistic communion with Churches not included in the Synod.
4.4. The chairman is elected for a term of one year, with the right of subsequent re-election.
4.5. The Chairperson has the right to appoint the Vice-Chairperson of the Synod, who performs auxiliary functions in coordinating the activities of the Synod.
5. Membership in the Synod
5.1 To enter the Synod, an authorized representative of the community (bishop, presbyter, president) submits a Statement of Intent to join the Synod. A statement is being addressed to the Chairman of the Synod.
5.2. The decision to admit a new member to the Synod is adopted by a conciliar decision by open vote. The candidature for voting is submitted by the Chairman of the Synod. At the same time, those entering the Synod must confirm their identification as a Lutheran church.
5.3. The expulsion of a member of the Synod is adopted by a conciliar decision by open vote. The candidate for removal from the Synod is represented 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 in 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 of the Synod.
6.3. The meeting of the Synod is considered to have taken place at a turnout of at least 55%.
7. Liquidation of the Synod
7.1. The synod may be liquidated by decision of the members of the synod.
8. About these Regulations
8.1. The Regulations 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.