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
- Mission-aligned, Policy-based Governance is:
- 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
Voters' Assembly (October 21, 2018 at 12:30pm)
The agenda will be available in the narthex at least 10 days before the meeting.
Voters' Assembly (February 5, 2018)
The March Voters' Assembly is scheduled for March 4th at 12:30 PM.
The agenda for the meeting will be available in the narthex at least 10 days before the meeting and one of the agenda Items will be to vote on amendments to the By-laws of our constitution, which were presented at the October meeting. The proposed amendments follow.
If you have any questions, please contact Bev Rauch by Voters@tlc.org or by contacting the Governance Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whereas By-law Article VI section 1 allows for the election of individuals to the Governance Board at the Regular May meeting of the Voters Assembly from a slate of deemed qualified candidates,
Whereas exact voting procedure is not currently included in the By-Laws,
Be it resolved that an amendment to By-law Article VI section 1. I. to include in iii:
"The election of candidates will use the Plurality-at-large voting, a nonproportional voting system for electing several representatives. Multiple winners are elected simultaneously to serve the whole membership of the body. Each voter selects up to the number of candidates needed, however, they are unable to vote for the same candidate more than once. The candidates with the most votes (who may or may not obtain a majority of available votes) are the winners and will fill the positions. In the event of a tie, a second election will be held between the tied candidates."
Further be it Resolved that Article III Section 2 Quorum and Voting Procedures should be amended to include:
"The Governance Board will be responsible for the integrity of all elections."
Governance Board Nominating Committee (February 1, 2018)
The Nominating Committee of the Voters' Assembly, led by the Governance Board, has developed the timeline calendar for the election of two nominees to the Governance Board. This election will take place at the May Voters' Assembly. The process begins with the nomination of candidates for the Governance Board. A nominator contacts a Trinity member and asks if that person is willing to be considered for nomination. If so, the nominator fills out the Governance Board Nomination Form that will be available at the Welcome Center and at the Trinity Lutheran Church and School website. This form is to be completed and submitted by February 25th. Following a nomination, the accepting candidate will complete an application and turn it in by March 18th. It then becomes the responsibility of the Nominating Committee to review the application and interview the candidate. The slate of candidates will be announced on the weekend of April 8th. Members will have the opportunity of meeting the candidates at a meet and greet event that will be announced later with a late April or May date. Please pray that our Great God will guide us during this process, selecting the members He desires to serve His Kingdom here at Trinity Lutheran Church and School.
Voters' Assembly (May 21, 2017)
The May Voters' Assembly meeting was May 21st. Select reports from this meeting are available below.
Governance Board Nominating Committee (April 15th, 2017)
The Governance Board Nominating Committee consisting of Bill Birk (Governance Board Vice-Chair), Ken Lash (Governance Board Member), Wayne VanderVelde (Governance Board Member), Matt Butterfield (Voting Member), Judy Green (Voting Member), and Pastor Paul Strand (Senior Pastor), is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the upcoming Governance Board Election1 on May 21st.
Governance Board (April 14th, 2017)
For some time now, the Governance Board, Senior Staff, and Advisory Councils have been reviewing a request from Delta Sonic to purchase the area adjoining their property. This is a very important issue to affect Trinity's future and would like everyone to have a say. We have tried to alert everyone of this event and allow those who are not a Voter to become one. We have held three town hall meetings to try to allow everyone the opportunity to ask questions and fully understand the issues. A fact sheet has been made available HERE and is also available in the Narthex.
Now the final decision as to whether Trinity should allow the sale of this property lies with the Voters' Assembly. This motion is expected to come to the floor of the Voters' Assembly at the May 21, 2017 meeting.. There is a special requirement in the constitution (Article III Section 2 of the bylaws0) for sale of property that requires a 2/3 of the voting membership to be present for a quorum for this issue. Without it the Vote will not come to the floor of the Assembly. In addition, if the quorum is met, it requires a 2/3 majority to pass the motion.
IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE FOR VOTERS TO BE PRESENT.
In addition to the Delta Sonic request, we will also be adopting our 2017-2018 budget and electing our new Governance Board Members at the May meeting. A normal 25% of the Voters assembly is quorum for these issues. If you have any questions or concerns about any of these issues, please Contact Us.
Voters' Assembly (March 6th, 2017)
The March Voters' Assembly meeting was March 5th. Select reports from this meeting are available below.
Governance Board Nominating Committee (February 5th, 2017)
Now is the Time...to pick up a Governance Board Nomination form to suggest a Trinity member be considered for the upcoming Voters' Assembly election in May. Forms will be available at the Welcome Center or can be downloaded here. Completed Nomination forms will be accepted from February 5 thru March 25th. Please pray for God's wisdom and guidance during the upcoming months in leading us to select His choices for this Board.
1. We will be electing two Governance Board Members to fill vacancies created by expiring terms.