Constitution and By Laws
The Word of God requires that a Christian congregation shall conform to this Divine Word in doctrine and practice (Matthew 28:18-20; Galatians 1:6-8; 2 Timothy 4:1-5), and that all things be done decently and in order (1Corinthians 14:40). Therefore we, the members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, accept and subscribe to the following Constitution and Bylaws, in accordance with which all spiritual and material affairs of our congregation shall be governed.
Guideline Manual for Church Officers and Boards
The purpose of these Guidelines is to outline the assigned duties and areas of responsibilities for church officers, standing Boards, and other positions of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. In general, these Guidelines are to be used to help us understand how we have organized ourselves to move forward with the mission of the Church. The Voters Assembly can and does assign specific tasks to accomplish which may need inclusion into these Guidelines. When changes in this document are necessary, those affected should review these Guidelines and request appropriate changes of the Church Council.
Finance Committee Policies and Procedures
The Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Constitution requires the President of the congregation establish a Finance Committee and states that the Vice President will serve as the Finance Committee Chairman. Accordingly, the committee has developed the following Policies and Procedures as a common reference source. The policies and procedures that follow are intended to be a statement of general guidance or philosophy to enable people unfamiliar with the tasks to approach and complete them. At all times we should be guided by the phrase, in accordance with practices generally employed in view of the existing circumstances.
Congregational Budget 2018
The Budget directs resources to meet mission goals. It establishes spending authority for the congregation's boards and committees.
Mission Support 2017
Selected Mission the congregation is supporting through its budget.
1. Enjoy being a teacher 2. Be an example 3. Be prepared 4. Promote the purses of the Christian Education Ministry 5. Be on time 6. Teach proper doctrine 7. Use a variety of methods 8. Keep rooms neat and clean 9. Communicate 10. Contact substitute when necessary
Facilities Use Policy
The church’s facilities were provided through God’s benevolence and by the sacrificial generosity of church members. The church desires that its facilities be used for the fellowship of the Body of Christ and to bring God glory. Although the facilities are not generally open to the public, we make our facilities available to approved non-members as a witness to our faith, in a spirit of Christian charity, and as a means of demonstrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ in practice. These policies apply to members and non-members alike, in keeping with our congregation’s beliefs and practices.
ELDER-IN-CHARGE PRIMARY DUTIES
- ELDERS: Determine if other Elders are present; coord with them for any issues or special requirements; request help to retrieve offering at the end of the service
- USHERS: Cross-check with ushers for any specific issues or requirements
- SCRIPTURE READINGS: Ensure the Scripture readings for the service are posted on the Lectern
o Check the bulletin for the name of the Reader; once they have arrived, make sure they know they are scheduled to read
o IF no scheduled reader shows up, be prepared to request someone else on the list (posted in the Bride’s room), or perform the reading yourself
- ACOLYTE: Ensure that the scheduled acolyte has arrived; assist with his/her robing as needed; if no one shows up (should be there no later than 10 minutes prior to service), either find another one of our trained acolytes to cover the duty, or ask Curtis to do so. If no acolyte is in attendance, be prepared to perform the duty yourself.
- PASTOR: Meet with the Pastor as soon as he is available; determine if he has any taskings for you to address
o This could include prepping for a baptism (see below)
o If time permits, pray with Pastor prior to the service; try to include any other Elder in attendance, the acolyte, Curtis, etc.
Instructions for Ushers
THANK YOU for being an usher. You are truly dedicated to serving the Lord or you wouldn’t be volunteering today.
Thank you for serving! Being an acolyte is an important role and not a cute errand or trivial task. As an acolyte you are one of the worship leaders. The Pastor is in charge of the Worship Service so he has the prerogative to tell you to deviate from these instructions.
Sound & Visual Instructions
Computer instructions for starting up the Kiosk computer. - 2017
Parent Permission Form
Standard Permission form for Youth events and actives that occurs off site.
Voter's Assembly November 2017
The meeting was opened by President Randy Lawson at 12:00 pm. Pastor Ray Angerman opened the meeting with a prayer from Acts 2. Pastor Ray talked about the number of organizations out there asking for money. We have a Missions Board that has to make the hard decisions on which organizations we support based on the budget we have. The Church grows through the various outreach activities we take part in.
The minutes of the last Voters’ Assembly from June 25, 2017 were approved as published. (Note: the draft watermark will be removed
Voter's Assembly June 2017
The meeting was opened by President Randy Lawson at 12:00 pm. Pastor Ray Angerman opened the meeting with a prayer.
The minutes of the last Voters’ Assembly from February 2017 were approved as published. (Note: the draft watermark will be removed)
President Randy Lawson put forth a motion from the Council that Ron Artman be confirmed as a member of the Outreach Board as well as a member of the Elder Board. The motion was seconded and voted in unanimously by those present.
The purpose of a greeter is to welcome people by welcoming everyone to Good Shepherd with a smile and a warm greeting.