Southeastern Synod ELCA

Holding Remote Meetings

April 16, 2020

"Now that I've mastered remote worship,
what about remote meetings?"

Watch a short video to find out whether your congregation can conduct business remotely, plus how to do it.

Here is one question we are still working an answer for...

Can a congregation cancel or postpone a constitutionally required meeting?

After consulting our synod attorney, the answer is basically no.
Given that remote meetings are possible in our four states, though, we encourage congregations to hold remote meetings during this shelter in place time.
If a remote meeting is impossible based on your context, then the meeting can be delayed. If your congregation chooses to delay the meeting, then:
  1. Be completely transparent with the congregation about why the meeting will be delayed and what business will take place during the in-between time.
  2. Do only the minimal amount of required business.
  3. Schedule the face to face meeting when circumstances allow to ratify any decisions made.
  4. Council members can continue to serve until they are replaced.
  5. Be careful of expenditures. Some congregations have written into the Constitution/Bylaws that a congregation may spend only x% or x$ above the approved budget.
  6. Again, transparency is key.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pr. Karen Boda (404-589-1977,