CALC's General Convention
The highest constitutional authority delegated by the congregations to CALC shall be vested in the General Convention, which shall meet in regular sessions annually by call of the President in consultation with the National Council.
CALC's Constitution states that one of the limitations on the General Convention's powers is that, "questions involving doctrine shall not be ultimately determined by vote of the General Convention, but on the basis of the Word of God and the Confessions of the Church".
In keeping with the 'bottom up' nature of CALC, before any amendments to CALC's Constitution and by-laws which approved through majority vote at a CALC General Convention become effective they must be ratified through a process whereby three quarters of CALC's member congregations vote in favour of the amendment.
The 2011 General Convention with the theme "Cast the net on the right...and you will find" (John 21:6) was hosted by St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Cochrane, Alberta, November 4-6, 2011.For highlights, click here.
The 2012 General Convention, November 2-4, Toronto, was co-hosted by Faith Lutheran and Good Shepherd Lutheran churches, Toronto. The theme was "Shepherding the Faith". For highlights, click here.
The 2013 General Convention, November 1-3, will be hosted by Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rosenthal, Stony, Plain, Alberta.