United Church of Christ

Constitution and Bylaws

On July 2 and 3, 2017 the Thirty-first General Synod adopted a series of amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of the United Church of Christ dealing with the relationship between the United Church of Christ and the United Church of Canada, on authorized ministry and relating to the structure of the Board of Directors and National Setting.  The 38 Conferences of the Church are now required to ratify the changes to the Constitution, as set forth in Article XIII, ¶74 of the Constitution (2015 ed.), before those Constitutional changes may be implemented.  For ratification to occur two-thirds (26) of the Conferences must act in the affirmative prior to the Thirty-second General Synod.
Here you will find 1-the Constitution as voted by the Thirty-first General Synod in a format allowing you to see the new and old language.  2-the Bylaws as amended by the Thirty-first General Synod; changes to the Bylaws do not require ratification, although those contingent upon a constitutional change do not go into effect until the changes to the Constitution have been ratified.  Those Bylaw amendments not tied to a constitutional change went into effect upon the vote of the Synod and are shown in normal text and color.
Upon ratification by the Conferences the documents will be reformatted in normal text and color, reposted here and made available for sale in book form.

Updated July 2017