Gustavus Association of Congregations

Christ Chapel

What is the GACAC?

The ELCA merger of 1988 brought together nearly 30 Lutheran colleges and universities previously governed by the ALC and LCA under a variety of arrangements. When the new ELCA denomination was formed, each college was asked to choose one of three groups to approve their trustees: the National Church Convention; a regional Synod convention; or an Association of Congregations convention including a business meeting. Gustavus, of course, chose the latter option, and in 1988 the Association of Congregations was formed.

Currently there are over 500 members of the Association, the largest of its kind in the ELCA. The Association of Congregations elects the Board of Trustees and the Board of the Association of Congregations at its annual business meeting in April, and its congregations serve as the College’s primary connection to the Church.

Further Information about the Association

GACAC Resources & Events

Nomination Forms