Peter Schirmer (chair)
Paul Argyle (NZ)
Ralph Brinkmann (Tas)
Nancy Fox (NSW)
Bruce Lockwood (Qld)
Faye Schmidt (Vic)
Rev Mark Vainikka (Qld)
Rev Andrew Vanderwal (SA)
Bishop John Henderson (ex officio)
Les Stahl (team leader)
Rev Terence Corkin
LCA/NZ Constitution Review (Phase 1)
After 50 years, our church has commenced Phase 1 of a major review of its constitution. We give thanks to those church members who prayerfully drafted the constitution and to those who have provided ongoing stewardship and maintenance of it.
Our constitution has served us well for many years but it is now in need of a review for a number of reasons, including enabling us to better witness and thrive in the 21st century.
Over the last 25 years, multiple amendments have turned it into a somewhat complex and cumbersome document, difficult in places to use and interpret. Over 50 years we have added 27 pages of additional information. In summary, it was considered the exercise of providing further bandaids to the current constitution may only result in further risk of confusion and non-alignment.
The purpose of this Phase 1 Review is to identify and analyse the key issues and establish the key principles that will be presented for approval as the framework that will guide the development of a new constitutional structure. The aim is to achieve a constitutional framework that has longevity and reflects who we are, why we exist, how we are governed, is consistent with contemporary standards, and be of such a nature that requires minimal changes over time.
The LCA/NZ Constitution Review (Phase 1) Interim Report is now available: Volumes 1 and 2.
In 2021 the church will decide if, when and how we will move into Phase 2, planning for the actual updating of our constitutional framework.
Everyone can be involved in this review. Some have participated already by completing one of the churchwide surveys or by making a submission or by participating in a working group.
Now you can be involved in discussions within your District (or if you are a Churchwide body, in discussions in the Churchwide office). Your District or Churchwide representatives are listed below. You can even contact a member of the review group if necessary (names opposite).
Lutheran Church of New Zealand
Paul Argyle 02 7450 5199 email@example.com
Western Australian District
Tracy Adams 0427 700 035 firstname.lastname@example.org
NSW and ACT District
Elizabeth Eckermann email@example.com
Bruce Lockwood 0429 571 222 firstname.lastname@example.org
South Australia – Northern Territory District
Angela Rogers 08 8267 5211 email@example.com
Victorian District including Tasmania
Sabine Haeusler 0403 252 234 firstname.lastname@example.org
LCA/NZ Churchwide Office
Peter Schirmer 08 8267 7319 email@example.com