Church Governance at Trinity Lutheran Church and School                                           

"Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." 
 Hebrews 12:1-2


    • The model – Policy-Based Governance will help focus our church, like a laser beam, on ministry!
      • Mission-aligned, Policy-based Governance is: 
        • scripturally sound
        • used successfully by many other LCMS congregations
        • endorsed by the Northern Illinois District, and is supported and used by our Synod
      • Mission-aligned, Policy-based Governance will:
        • Facilitate the identification of Trinity's goals (where we are going) 
        • Be proactive
        • State congregational values, mission, vision, goals 
        • Delegate responsibility and authority
        • Focus on strategic priorities 
        • Develop leaders
        • Establish governing policies 



    • Congregational implications
      • Volunteers participate in a variety of Ministry Teams which means, "More ministry, fewer meetings!"
      • Advisory Councils provide staff with spiritual and professional expertise to enhance ministries without confusion about decision-making 
      • Professional staff members are empowered to do what they have been trained to do
      • Senior Pastor (not boards) ensures all day-to-day ministry operations are overseen and delivers upon the strategic direction
      • Governance Board is an elected team, responsible to the Congregation that initiates policies to ensure Trinity’s mission is carried out