The Church Council is the congregational-elected agency for conducting the day-to-day business of Trinity. It supervises the overall work within the congregation, makes strategic plans, and takes corrective steps when necessary. A Church Council member must be a communicant member of Trinity, male or female. He/She must be a spiritual person, regular in worship and in the study of God's Word.
It is the responsibility of the Board of Elders to oversee the spiritual and doctrinal life of the congregation. This is accomplished by receiving monthly reports from the Senior Pastor, and heading and acting upon recommendations, suggestions, and concerns from both laity and staff. Elders are present at every worship service and help to conduct the service in decency and order. They are responsible for overseeing worship attendance and membership issues. An Elder must be a male communicant of Trinity. He must be a spiritual person, regular in worship and in the study of God's Word.
Prerequisite for Nomination as a Leader of Trinity Congregation
As summarized in the Preamble of the Constitution for our congregation we are bound to spread the gospel:
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18-20)
We are instructed to teach the Gospel in its truth and purity:
“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and turning to a different gospel – not that there is another gospel, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-8)
We are called to remain steadfast in the face of adversity:
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
And we are called to work in an orderly manner:
“But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)
Also, we are equipped for this mission by steadfastly hearing and studying the Word of God:
“He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God” (John 8:47)
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
“He replied, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." (Luke 11:28)
“While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased. Listen to Him!’” (Matthew 17:5)
“To the Jews who had believed Him, Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:31-32)
Therefore it is essential that all persons nominated for positions of leadership within the church subscribe to frequent exposure to The Word through regular church attendance and study of The Word.
This is understood to be used as a guide or prerequisite for self examination prior to acceptance of nomination:
“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?!” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
And always to be administered in a loving and caring manner, with our ministry of forgiveness in Christ Jesus at the center of all we do:
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:8-11)
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ After He said this, He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you." And with that He breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." (John 20:19-23)
CHURCH COUNCIL RESPONSIBILITIES
from Trinity’s Policy Based Governance
4.0 Global Governance Process Policy
The purpose of the Council is to respectfully serve the Lord on behalf of Trinity Lutheran Church and School through policy-based governance. This will be accomplished by assuring that the church and school spiritually fulfills all of its business functions to achieve its desired outcomes, and avoid unacceptable actions and situations.
4.1 Governing Style
The function of the Council is to develop, monitor, and enforce policy. The Council will govern lawfully, observing the principles of policy-based governance, with an emphasis on: a) outward vision rather than internal preoccupation, b) encouragement of diversity in viewpoints, c) strategic leadership more than administrative detail, d) clear distinction of Council and Senior Pastor roles, e) collective rather than individual decisions, f) future rather than past or present orientation, and g) proactively rather than reactively.
4.1.1 Group Authority: The Council shall exercise its governing authority as a whole. No individual Council members shall exercise such authority except as instructed by the Council.
4.1.2 Consensus Decision Making: The Council shall strive to make decisions by open discussing, voting and support.
4.1.3 Policy Development: The Council’s governance policies are to be active and dynamic. They are meant to be changed and refined regularly, based on the intent of each section, the values of the Council, and the changing context within which the congregation functions.
4.1.4 Governance Policy Review Schedule: The Council shall establish an annual policy review calendar to coordinate the review of every policy at least once a year. They will make every effort to coordinate the calendar with the business cycles of the congregation, reviewing appropriate governance policies just prior to management actions for decisions.
4.1.5 Request for Policy Review: Any Council member or the Senior Pastor may ask for a review of specific policies. However, never does the responsibility for effective and appropriate governance policy development rest with anyone other than the Council.
4.1.6 Resolutions: The Council will pass resolutions for specific action when required by law, Council policies, or the church constitution. The Council shall not adopt resolutions for the purpose of circumventing Council policies.
4.2 Council Member Code of Conduct
The Council commits itself and its members to spiritual, ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate Christian behavior when acting as Council members. Members must have loyalty to congregational membership, un-conflicted by loyalties to staff, other organizations, and any personal interest. Council members shall be familiar with and follow all Council policies.
4.2.1 Council members must avoid conflict of interest with respect to personal or business gain. Members must disclose to the Council any transactions that may give the appearance of being a conflict of interest. In cases of conflict of interest, members shall recuse themselves.
4.2.2 Council members may not attempt to exercise undue Individual influence over the church.
4.2.3 Council members will respect the confidentiality appropriate to issues of a sensitive nature and keep Council documents and discussions confidential, unless given permission by the Council acting as a whole.
4.2.4 Council member interaction with the Senior Pastor or with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals except when explicitly authorized by the Council.
4.2.5 Council member interaction with the public, press, or other entities must recognize the same limitation and the inability of any Council member to speak for the Council except to repeat explicitly stated Council decisions.
4.3 Council Member Expectations
Council members should regularly attend worship, be actively involved in ministry, and give generously. Council members should regularly attend and fully participate in Council meetings and activities.
4.4 Responsibilities of Council Members
The primary responsibility of the Council is to represent the congregation by listening, gathering information, and communicating regularly.
Nomination Form for Church Council and Elder Positions
Below you may submit a nomination online for the above mentioned positions. Please submit one nomination per form submission. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS Wednesday May 12, 2021.