Office of Pastor and Teacher

  1. The Congregation shall confer the office of pastor or teacher upon such pastors, teachers or candidates only as:
    1. Unreservedly pledge their acceptance of and adherence to the Declaration of Creed as contained in Article II of this Constitution;
    2. Are members, or have applied for membership in the same Synod to which the Congregation belongs;
    3. Have been properly and rightfully called by the congregation.
  2. Removal of pastor or teacher:
    1. A pastor or teacher may be removed from office in a Christian and rightful manner only.
    2. Valid reasons for removal are persistent adherence to false doctrines, scandalous life, willful neglect of official duties, as well as evident and protracted inability to perform the functions of the sacred office.
  3. All other called church workers shall follow the same procedures as pastors and teachers.