Proposed Draft Charter

Since 2013, there has been an ongoing conversation in the leadership of the Association about the future of the organization. In 2018, the Steering Committee accelerated plans for new governing documents to clarify its relationship to the ELCA and redefine its membership in ways that meet the needs of the Church and its theological work. In 2019, the Steering Committee appointed a Subcommittee on Constitutional Revision and asked that a proposal for new governing documents and membership categories be presented for a vote before the 2021 Convocation. Below is the Proposed Charter for the Association of Teaching Theologians 2021-2026. 

How To Join the Conversation

The Steering Committee invites public comments on the current Draft Charter. Public comments might include criticisms, concerns, questions, suggested edits, or other perspectives members would like the Steering Committee to consider. A subcommittee of the Steering Committee will review all public comments and will make appropriate recommendations to the Steering Committee.

Possible Next Steps

Option A. The Steering Committee may ask the Association’s members to vote on the document as is — with or without a response to public comments.

Option B. The Steering Committee may revise the Draft Charter and either consider another period of public comments or ask the membership to vote to adopt.

Option C. The Steering Committee may postpone the adoption of new governing documents for either a specified period of time or indefinitely.

How to share your feedback

Members may submit a feedback form (see below) or participate in one of the two scheduled public forums. The dates of the public forums are:

Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 1:00 PM EST

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 8:00 PM EST

Submit Feedback

If you would like to offer either a specific edit please use the form below indicating the line number(s) in the draft document to indicate which lines your edit is referencing. We also welcome general feedback without a specific line edit. The name and institutional affiliation fields are not required and anonymous responses are welcome. If you have any questions or issues submitting your feedback, please contact Dr. Tim Snyder, chair, Steering Committee at