It was in the Mulamthuruthy synod summoned by the patriarch peter III in 1876 that resolved to have an elected body called the Malankara Syria Christian Association to manage and control all the religions and social concerns of the whole church.The constitution has clearly defined the composition and representation of the association. In article 71: a priest two laymen elected by each parish general body and the members of the existing managing committee shall be members of the association. This was later amended in time with Supreme Court directive. Now the representation of the lay people is based on the number of parishioner The Malankara metropolitan is the president and the bishops having administrative charge of Diocese shall be vice-presidents of the association. The association is the body that elects the members of the managing committee, bishops and the Catholicos Malankara metropolitan.