Committees — What each Committee Does (By-Laws)

The ByLaws of this congregation specify which committees shall exist and what each committee’s duties shall be.

Chapter 6. CONGREGATIONAL COMMITTEES
B6.01. In addition to the committees specified in Chapter 13 of the Constitution, the following congregational committees shall exist:

Christian Education
Evangelism
Finance
Membership
Property
Social Ministry
Staff Support
Stewardship
Worship and Music

B6.02 The members of the above-named committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to serve two-year terms, and their appointment shall be confirmed by the Church Council. There shall be no specific limit on the number of members of each committee, and each member may serve an unlimited number of two-year terms.

B6.03. One member of each congregational committee shall be appointed by the Executive Committee to serve a two-year term as chairperson of the committee, and his/her appointment shall be confirmed by the Church Council. The tenure for each committee chairperson shall be limited to two consecutive two-year terms.

B6.04. The Audit Committee shall be responsible for performing an annual audit of the accounts of the treasurer.

B6.05. The Christian Education Committee, in association with the pastor, shall oversee the conduct and promotion of the Sunday church school and all other Christian Education programs. It shall encourage the use of teaching and worship materials published or approved by the North American Lutheran Church, and seek to introduce the church’s periodicals and books of family devotion into the homes of the congregation. One of the primary aims of the committee shall be to bring the call to the ministry of the Gospel and to other full-time church vocations to the attention of qualified youth of the congregation.

B6.06. The Evangelism Committee shall stimulate and lead all members of the congregation in continuous and, from time to time, concerted endeavors to reawaken the spiritually indifferent and to reach others, who are as yet unwon, with the Gospel and attach them to Christ’s Church. To this end, the committee shall devote itself to deepening spiritual life and shall periodically study the congregation in the context of its surrounding community.

B6.07. The Executive Committee, which consists of the officers of the congregation and the pastor, shall assist the pastor in overseeing and attending to the regular operations of the congregation, and shall appoint the members and chairpersons of the congregational committees as described in Paragraphs B6.02 and B6.03. Meetings of the Executive Committee may be called at any time by either the pastor or the president, and notice of each meeting shall be given to all members.

B6.08. The Finance Committee shall prepare a draft budget for the succeeding year, including this congregation’s share in support of the wider ministry of the North American Lutheran Church, and shall submit such draft budget to the Church Council for its action and later presentation to a congregation meeting. The committee shall exercise oversight of all the financial affairs of the congregation to make sure that they are being conducted efficiently, giving particular attention to the prompt payment of all obligations and to the regular forwarding of benevolence monies to the treasurer of the NALC. The treasurer shall be a member ex officio of the Finance Committee.

B6.09. The Membership Committee shall help people grow into the deeper life of Christ and His Church by providing points of entry into the wider fellowship life of the Church.

B6.10. The Staff Support Committee shall endeavor to strengthen the ministry of the pastor and staff members as well as the congregation as a whole. It shall consist of a personnel team for the pastors and paid staff members. The personnel team shall prepare and update their job descriptions, establish compensation and benefits and encourage participation in appropriate continuing education programs. The Committee shall also consist of a pastor-parish relations team. This team shall act as an open communication channel regarding conditions and attitudes within the congregation and serve as an agent of reconciliation when there is conflict within the congregation.

B6.11. The Nominating Committee shall annually nominate a slate of qualified candidates for election to the Church Council.

B6.12. The Property Committee shall see the proper maintenance and protection of all property of the congregation, and shall take care that the same is kept in good repair and is adequately insured.

B6.13. The Social Ministry Committee shall extend Christian compassion and helpfulness to the ill, the aged, the orphaned, the underprivileged, the imprisoned and, in general, to persons of all ages in need of aid in body or soul. It shall strive to enlist in these efforts as many as possible of the individual members and organizations of the congregation. This committee shall further have the duty to study social conditions, primarily in the local community, in order to bring the cleansing and healing light of Christian truth to bear upon critical problems through thoughtful Christian discussion of facts and issues.

B6.14. The Stewardship Committee shall evoke and promote the expression of Christian faith in daily living; teach the Christian use of money; diffuse knowledge of the congregation’s local, national, and world-wide ministries; and lead all its members to higher levels of proportionate giving for the Lord’s work. This committee shall also be responsible for the annual Every Member Response and other congregational efforts which lead to informed and grateful giving. The treasurer shall be a member ex officio of the Stewardship Committee.

B6.15. The Worship and Music Committee shall assist the Church Council in seeing that the services of God’s house are conducted regularly and in accordance with the liturgy of the North American Lutheran Church, that competent worship assistants are recruited and trained, and that hymnals and other devotional materials are provided and properly cared for. This committee shall supervise, and strive to advance the welfare and effective service of, the choirs of the congregation. It shall arrange for the care of paraments, vestments and musical instruments; and, in consultation with the pastor, the organist, and the choir directors, it shall furnish music supplies appropriate for use in the worship of a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church.

Chapter 7 INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

B7.01 The Investment Committee of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church shall monitor all investments of the Church.

B7.02 The Committee shall consist of five members appointed by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the Church Council, all of whom shall be voting members of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. The term of each member shall be three (3) years. No member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms. After a lapse of one (1) year, former Committee members may be re-appointed. The senior pastor/pastors and the president of the Church Council shall be advisory members of the Committee. In the event of a vacancy on the Committee, the Church Council shall appoint a member to fill the vacancy.

B7.03 The Committee shall meet at least quarterly, or more frequently, as deemed by it in the best interest of the Funds.

B7.04 A quorum shall consist of three (3) members. A majority present and voting shall carry any motion or resolution.

B7.05 The Church Council shall appoint a chairperson. The chairperson, or a member designated by the chairperson, shall preside at all committee meetings.

B7.06 The Investment decisions of the committee shall be reported to Council for its approval.

B7.07 Members of the COMMITTEE shall not be liable for any losses which may be incurred upon the investments of the assets of the FUND except to the extent such losses shall have been caused by bad faith or gross negligence. Each member shall be liable only for his/her own acts or omissions of bad faith or gross negligence, and shall not be liable for the acts or omissions of any other member. No member shall engage in any self dealing or transactions with the FUND in which the member has direct or indirect financial interest, and each member shall at all times refrain from any conduct in which his/her personal interests would conflict with the interest of the FUND.

B7.08 All assets of the various funds shall be held in the name of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. All assets of the funds and legal documents evidencing such assets or interests in such assets shall be given to the treasurer for deposit and/or safe-keeping.

B7.09 All investment activity shall be audited annually by the Church Audit Committee.

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