The Statute of the Russian Orthodox Church was adopted by the Bishops’ Council in 2000. According to the resolutions of the Bishops’ Council of 2008 and 2011, a number of amendments were introduced to the text of the Statute. The Bishops’ Council of 2013 adopted the amended version of the Statute. New amendments and additions to the Statute were made at the Bishops’ Councils of 2016 and 2017.