ELC Governing Structure

In 2020, the Church Council evaluated our current Governance Structure in which all future planning and management of Emmanuel’s programs were consolidated under the one governing body, the Church Council (hereafter referred to as “The Council”).  Since the planting of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in 2015,  The Council was approved as the governing structure.  Consequently, all decisions relating to the planning, business affairs, and execution of Emmanuel’s programs resided with the Council.  Although the Church Council was very effective in managing the business affairs, long-range planning and program development were not being effectively managed.  To obtain guidance in the process, The Council held several informal meetings/discussions with congregational members on the envisioned new governance structure for Emmanuel.  After almost a year-long discussion, The Council appointed a 3-member Constitution Review Committee (January 18, 2021) and charged them with revising the Constitution to adopt the new governance structure (Spiritual Leadership Team, Church Business Council, and Program Leadership Team) which would allow better management of; planning, financial management, and program development. 

Based on these informal meetings/discussions with congregational members and several months of Council meetings, the Council approved a revision of the existing Constitution to place the governance of Emmanuel in three bodies (See Chapter 12 of approved Constitution):

  • Spiritual Leadership Team,
  • Church Business Council and
  • Program Leadership Team

These group chairs will meet jointly to evaluate Long- and Short-range plans, share knowledge about the program(s), and conduct joint planning. The specific meeting frequency, agenda, and other information are outlined in the Continuing Resolutions.

Spiritual Leadership Team (SLT) (see chapter 12.01 of the approved Constitution and the Continuing Resolutions)

Responsibilities: The Spiritual Leadership Team has general oversight of the life and activities of this Congregation and shall define the covenant relationships among the congregation, the Pastor, the staff, and the lead units of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. The covenant between the Church and Pastor shall form a plain, understandable, and mutually agreeable bond of expectations. They shall lead this congregation in stating its mission by doing long-range planning, setting goals and priorities, helping set strategies, and regularly evaluating and reporting progress toward mission and goals. The SLT shall establish the vision and plan for the future of the congregation. This Team will seek and gain congregational approval for all its activities before enactment. The Chair of this Team will schedule meetings at least twice a year with the President of the Church Business Council and Chair of the Program Leadership Team to evaluate progress and identify issues associated with the implementation of the plans as approved by the Congregation.

Membership:  The members of the SLT shall be the Pastor and four other members (initially composed of two past presidents and 2 members-at-large).  In subsequent years, new members shall be nominated by a majority vote of the Spiritual Leadership Team.   The nominee(s) shall be elected at the Fall Congregational Meeting. The term of office is four (4) year staggered terms.  No member can serve more than eight (8) consecutive years.   The current members and terms of Service on the SLT are:

    1. Bob Johnson–(Tom Hollopeter resigned 3/27/22) SLT elected Mr. Johnson as his replacement for the remainder of 2022. Mr. Johnson is eligible to be elected for a 4-year term with re-election to an additional 4-year term (maximum of 8 consecutive years)] 
    2. Jennifer Hall, Member-at-Large–PRESIDENT.  Term ends 12/31/2023– [Eligible for 1 additional 4-year term (maximum of 8 consecutive years)]  
    3. Beth Olejniczak, Member-at-Large–Term ends 12/31/2024— [Eligible for 1 additional 4-year term (maximum of 8 consecutive years)]  
    4. Marilyn Hoke--Term ends 12/31/2025–[Eligible for 1 additional 4-year term (maximum of 8 consecutive years)]   
    5. Jeff Carpenter, Pastor

 

Church Business Council (CBC) (see chapter 12.02 of the approved Constitution and the Continuing Resolutions)

Responsibilities:   The CBC develops and updates personnel policies and/or manuals and ensures that the Approved Constitution and Continued Resolutions are followed.

The CBC is responsible for monitoring employee benefits. The CBC is responsible for the employment, supervision, and evaluation of the lay staff as set out specifically in the Constitution.

The CBC presents an approved budget to the congregation, while much of that is developed by their Standing Finance Committee, approved by the CBC and Congregation.  The CBC is responsible for conducting an annual solicitation of financial commitments which provides all members an opportunity to commit a portion of their blessings to be used in support of the Budget. During that solicitation, the Council or its appointees will promote the expression of Christian faith in daily living, teach the Christian use of money, and lead all its members to higher levels of proportionate giving for the Lord’s work.

The CBC is charged with maintaining the congregational and visitor records, oversight and developing appropriate measures of congregational involvement, and identifying teams to implement Church strategies that further the mission of the Congregation.

The CBC is responsible for establishing procedures for handling routine maintenance costs, etc. Most of these requests can be handled by the Office Administrator with guidance from the CBC. As needed, the CBC may identify ad hoc committees for a specified time interval to handle short-term projects.

Membership: The membership of the CBC includes the Officers (Chapter 11 of the Constitution)  of the Congregation (President; Vice-President; Past President; Secretary; and Treasurer) and the Pastor. The current membership and terms of office of the CBC members can be found HERE!

Standing Committees: The CBC has identified five (5) standing Committees to assist.  They are (select a committee to learn more):

Audit Committee  

Call Committee 

Finance Committee  

Nominating Committee 

Technology Committee

 

Program Leadership Team (PLT) (see chapter 12.03 of the approved Constitution and the Continuing Resolutions)

Responsibilities:   The PLT is responsible for implementing the goals & short- and long-range plans related to the programs and ministry of Emmanuel as developed by the Spiritual Leadership Team and approved by the congregation. 

      The Program Leadership Team is made up of four(4) Area Ministries:

    1. Bible Study, Teaching and Learning Area Ministry

The Bible Study, Teaching, and Learning Area Ministry shall be responsible for planning, directing, and supervising the entire Bible Study, Teaching, and Learning Ministry of this congregation. The Further responsibilities can be found in the Continuing Resolutions section of the Constitution

    1. Fellowship, Assimilation, and Congregational Care Area Ministry

The Fellowship, Assimilation, and Congregational Care Area Ministry establishes and strengthens the fellowship among all congregational members both spiritually and socially. They foster relationships among the members through the planning and promotion of congregational care and fellowship activities. Further responsibilities can be found in the Continuing Resolutions section of the Constitution

    1. Missions and Evangelism Area Ministry

The Missions and Evangelism Area Ministry is responsible for guiding, planning, encouraging, and supervising the International, National, Regional and Local missions and ministries of this congregation. They prepare the ministry activities for the calendar of events and oversee a budget necessary to best accomplish this outward-focused ministry.  Further responsibilities can be found in the Continuing Resolutions section of the Constitution. 

    1. Worship and Prayer Area Ministry

Worship and Prayer Area Ministry ensures that the services of God’s house are conducted regularly following the guidelines approved by the Spiritual Leadership Team and approved by the congregation. They prepare the worship calendar of events and oversee a budget necessary to best accomplish this liturgical ministry.  Further responsibilities can be found in the Continuing Resolutions section of the Constitution.

Membership:   The members of the Program Leadership Team shall be the four (4) Area Ministry, Representatives, serving staggered terms; the Director of Music Ministry; the Church Administrator; and the Pastor. The chair of this Team shall be elected from among the Area Ministry Representatives.  More details on the membership of the PLT can be found in Chapter 12.03 of the Constitution.  The chairs of the Area Ministries are:

    1. Bible Study, Teaching and Learning Area Ministry
                                Chairperson: Vacant
    2. Fellowship, Assimilation, and Congregational Care Area Ministry
                                 Chairperson (Interim): Kim Krummel
    3. Missions and Evangelism Area Ministry
                                Chairperson: Sherri Pullen
    4. Worship and Prayer Area Ministry
                                Co-Chairpersons: Keith & Marla Harris

 

 

 

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