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Constitution of Grace Part I

CONSTITUTION OF

THE GRACE EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH

JACKSON CENTER, SHELBY COUNTY, OHIO

ISSUED APRIL 6,  2014

 

PREAMBLE:

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.  We, the members of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jackson Center, Shelby County, Ohio, sensible of our spiritual needs, and mindful of our Christian duties, in Jesus' Name, and with hope of His Blessings, adopt the following Constitution:

 

CONSTITUTION

 

ARTICLE I:                           Name and Incorporation

 

1.         The name and title of this Congregation shall be:  The Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jackson Center, Shelby County, Ohio.

 

2.         This Congregation is incorporated in its own name, as a corporation not for profit, under the laws of the State of Ohio.

 

ARTICLE II:                          Confession of Faith

 

This congregation incorporates Article 2 of the constitution of the North American Lutheran Church (the “NALC”), confessing:

 

1.            The Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

 

2.            Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

 

                a.         Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything                        was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions                 a new creation.

 

                b.        The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is                  the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

                c.         The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written                  Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors,                         they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ.                            Through them the Holy Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain                                       Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

 

3.            The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God  are the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life, "according to which all doctrines should and must be judged." (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I)

 

4.            The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.

 

5.            The Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

 

6.            The other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.

 

7.            The Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.    

 

8.            It is to be understood that other Christian Congregations may have the use of our facilities upon the discretion of the Church Administrative Council.

 

ARTICLE III:             Purpose

 

1.         It is the purpose of this Lutheran congregation, whose members are disciples of Christ, faithfully to proclaim and propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people by:

 

a.         nurturing the members of the Congregation towards growth in faith and in discipleship; and

 

            b.         reaching beyond itself in mission to the community and the world, and to                          support the mission of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC).

 

2.         For better attainment of its purpose, the Congregation from time to time will adopt a mission statement which will provide specific direction for its programs.

 

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV:                        Church Affiliation

 

1.         This congregation is an interdependent part of the NALC or any successor and is subject to the disciplinary rules of the NALC.

 

2.         This congregation subscribes to the constitution of the NALC and will act in accordance with it. 

 

3.         This congregation will conduct its ministry in a manner consistent with its membership in the NALC:

 

a.         This congregation is responsible for its life as a Christian community.

 

b.         This congregation pledges its participation in the life and mission of the NALC, including the prayerful consideration of appropriate financial support.

 

c.         This congregation shall call only pastors who are members of the NALC or otherwise are authorized by the NALC to serve.

 

d.         This congregation shall appoint only commissioned lay leaders who are members of the NALC or otherwise are authorized by the NALC to serve.

 

4.         Affiliation with the NALC may be terminated as follows:

 

a          This congregation dissolves.

 

b.         This congregation ceases to exist.

 

c.         This congregation is removed from membership in the NALC according to the procedures for discipline of the NALC.

 

d.         This congregation, at a legally called and conducted special meeting, approves by at least a two-thirds (2/3) majority of those present and voting, a resolution directing that this congregation withdraw from the NALC.  If this congregation adopts a resolution withdrawing from the NALC, all provisions of this constitution binding this congregation to the NALC shall be immediately ineffective.  The congregation shall promptly deliver a copy of the withdrawal resolution to the NALC General Secretary and the Dean of our Mission District.

 

ARTICLE V:                         Power of Congregation

 

1.         In all matters of Christian faith and life, the Word of God is the highest authority.

 

2.         In all matters left undecided in Holy Writ and not subject to civil laws, the Congregation itself, and not any individual or group within it, shall have the right of ultimate decision.

 

3.         All schools, auxiliaries, societies, and other organizations within the Congregation shall be organized and operated under the consent and purpose of the Congregation.

 

4.         This congregation may select voting members of this congregation to serve as lay delegates and alternates to represent it at meetings of any conferences, convocations, and other meetings where this congregation is entitled to such representation.

 

ARTICLE VI:                        Membership

 

1.         The Congregation will not deny persons membership or place restrictions on members because of gender, race, color, or national origin.

 

2.         All baptized children in this Congregation and all children baptized by the Pastor in this community shall be baptized members of this Congregation.

 

  1. All adults and children who have been baptized in the Name of the Triune God, who have been received into this Congregation by confirmation, baptism of adults, profession of faith, vote of the Church Administrative Council (CAC), or transfer of confirmed membership, shall be communicant members of this Congregation.All children who are baptized members of this congregation and whose parents feel they are ready, shall be allowed to receive Holy Communion upon completing of the following:

     

    a.         consultation with the Pastor

     

    b.         completion of a class instructing them in the meaning of Holy Communion.

     

     

    4.         It shall be the privilege and duty of members of the Congregation to:

     

    a.         make regular use of the Means of Grace, both Word and Sacraments;

     

    b.         live a Christian life in accordance with the Word of God and the teachings of the Lutheran Church; and

     

                c.         support the work of the Congregation and the NALC through contributions                                   of their time, abilities, and financial support as Biblical stewards.

     

    5.         Voting members are confirmed members who have communed at least 3 times during the previous 12 months.  Members of this congregation who have satisfied this basic standard shall have the privilege of voice and vote at every regular and special meeting of the congregation.

     

    ARTICLE VII:                       The Church Administrative Council (CAC)

     

    1.         The voting membership of the CAC shall consist of the Pastor(s) and fifteen (15) members of the Congregation.  Any voting member of the Congregation that is eighteen (18) years of age or over, may be elected, subject only to the limitation on the length of continuous service permitted in that office.  A member's place on the CAC shall be declared vacant if the member a) ceases to be a voting member of this Congregation, or b) is absent from four (4) successive regular meetings of the CAC without cause.

     

    2.         The members of the CAC, except the Pastor(s), shall be elected by written ballot to serve for three (3) years, or until their successors are elected.  Such members shall be eligible to serve no more than two full terms consecutively.  Their terms shall begin on January 1st of the new year.

     

    3.         Should a member's place on the CAC be declared vacant, the CAC shall elect, by majority vote, a successor to serve the duration of that term.

     

    4.         The duties of the CAC shall be to counsel and assist the Pastor(s) in the spiritual oversight of the Congregation, to see that all rules and regulations of the Congregation are rightly executed, and that discipline is properly exercised in all cases where dispute arises within the Congregation.

     

    5.         A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority of the members of the CAC, including the Pastor(s) or interim Pastor.  Voting by proxy or by absentee ballot shall not be permitted.

     

    6.         Robert's Rules of Order, latest edition, shall govern parliamentary procedure of all meetings of the CAC.

     

    ARTICLE VIII:                      Indoctrination of Children

     

    1.         As Lutheran Christians, we recognize it our duty to rear our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and to have them carefully and conscientiously instructed in the articles of our Holy Christian faith.

     

    2.         In order that the children may be adequately taught in the faith of the Church and trained in the fear, love, and trust of God, thorough instruction to prepare them for their confirmation shall be under the Pastor's supervision with all diligence and faithfulness.

 

 

ARTICLE IX:                        The Pastor

 

1.         The Congregation alone shall have the power to call its Pastor.  Before doing so,            the officers of the Congregation shall seek the advice and help of the Dean of our    Mission District of the NALC.

 

2.         Only such a Pastor shall be called who is or will become a member in good          standing of the NALC.

 

3.         The Pastor of the Congregation must preach and teach purely Lutheran doctrine, which is in full accord with the Word of God, the Symbolical Books of the Lutheran Church, and the principles set forth in this constitution.

 

4.         The Pastor shall lead a Christian life, and possess the qualifications required by St. Paul, 1 Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:7-9.

 

5.         No Pastor or Theological student shall be permitted to officiate in the pulpit or at the Altar of this congregation who is not a member in good standing of the NALC or its successors, or Christian body in pulpit and altar fellowship with the same.

 

6.         A Pastor shall be a voting member of the CAC by virtue of the office, and an ex officio member of all organizations/committees of the congregation.

 

7.         The above provisions shall also be observed when the congregation calls another Pastor or an Assistant to the Pastor.

 

ARTICLE X:                         Legal Ownership in Case of Division

 

1.         Should disagreement among the members bring about a separation in this congregation, which God forbid, all property shall revert to those who adhere to this constitution.

 

ARTICLE XI:                        Unalterable Articles

 

1.         In order to preserve and maintain intact the doctrine and confessional positions of this Congregation, ARTICLES II, III, IV, V, VIII, IX, X, and XI cannot be repealed or altered.

 

ARTICLE XII:                       Bylaws

 

1.         This Congregation may adopt Bylaws. No Bylaws may conflict with this Constitution.

 

2.         Bylaws may be adopted or amended at any legally called meeting of this Congregation with a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those voting members present and voting.

 

3.         Changes to the Bylaws may be proposed by any voting member or by the CAC. The proposed additions or amendments shall be submitted in writing to the CAC at least sixty (60) days before a regular or special Congregational meeting called for that purpose and the CAC notify the Congregation of the proposal with its recommendations at least thirty (30) days in advance of the Congregational meeting.

 

4.         Approved changes to the Bylaws shall be sent by the Secretary of this Congregation to our Mission District.

 

ARTICLE XIII:                      Constitution Changes

 

1.         Articles of this Constitution, except those that are made unchangeable in ARTICLE XI of this Constitution, may be changed or repealed, or new ones may be added.

 

2.         Amendments to this Constitution may be proposed by at least twenty-five (25) voting members or by the CAC.  Proposals must be filed in writing with the CAC sixty (60) days before formal consideration by this Congregation at its regular or special meeting called for that purpose. The CAC shall notify the Congregation of the proposal with their recommendations at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting.

 

3.         A proposed amendment to this Constitution shall:

 

a.         be approved at a properly called meeting according to this Constitution and Bylaws, by a majority vote of those present and voting;

 

b.         be ratified without change at the next regular meeting by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of those present and voting; and

 

c.         have the effective date included in the resolution and noted in the Constitution.

 

4.         This Congregation agrees to file the constitution and any subsequent changes to the  constitution with our Mission District for review to ascertain that all of its provisions are in agreement with the constitution and bylaws of the NALC and with the constitution of our Mission District.
BYLAWS

 

SECTION 1.                          Nature of the Church

 

1.         All power in the Church belongs to our Lord Jesus Christ, its head.  All actions of this congregation are to be carried out under His rule and authority

 

2.         The body of Christ is made up, as Martin Luther states, as anyone who believes in Jesus Christ.  Martin Luther encourages all believers to work together in faith, active in love.  The Church acknowledges itself to be part of the history-long and world-wide communion of saints, in all times and all places.

 

SECTION 2.                          Confession of Faith

 

1.         This Congregation confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

 

a.         Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.

 

b.         The proclamation of God's message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

 

c.         The Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God.  Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ.  Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

 

2.         This Congregation accepts the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.

 

3.         This Congregation confesses the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God's mission in the world.

 

SECTION 3.                          Statement of Purpose

 

1.         The Church is a people created by God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit, called and sent to bear witness to God's creative, redeeming, and sanctifying activity in the world.

 

2.         To participate in God's mission, this Congregation as a part of the Church shall:

 

a.         Worship God in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness, and service.

 

b.         Proclaim God's saving Gospel of justification by grace for Christ's sake through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in the Holy Scripture, preserving and transmitting the Gospel faithfully to future generations.

 

c.         Carry out Christ's Great Commission by reaching out to all people to bring them to faith in Christ and by doing all ministry with a global awareness consistent with the understanding of God as Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier of all.

 

d.         Serve in response to God's love to meet human needs, caring for the sick and the aged, advocating dignity and justice for all people, working for peace and reconciliation among the nations, and standing with the poor and powerless, and committing itself to their needs.

 

e.         Nurture its members in the Word of God so as to grow in faith and hope and love, to see daily life as the primary setting for the exercise of their Christian calling, and to use the gifts of the Spirit for their life together and for their calling in the world.

 

f.          Manifest the unity given to the people of God by living together in the love of Christ and by joining with other Christians in prayer and action to express and preserve the unity which the Spirit gives.

 

3.         To fulfill these purposes, this Congregation shall:

 

a.         Provide services of worship at which the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are administered.

 

1.         Those intending to commune shall sign cards provided for that purpose.

 

2.         Participation in Holy Communion shall be entered in church records.

 

3.         Holy Communion shall be celebrated at least once a month.

 

b.         Provide Pastoral care and assist all members to participate in this ministry.

 

c.         Challenge, equip, and support all members in carrying out their calling in their daily lives and in their Congregation.

 

d.         Teach the Word of God.

 

e.         Witness to the reconciling Word of God in Christ, reaching out to all people.

 

f.          Respond to human needs, work for justice and peace, care for the sick and the suffering, and participate responsibly in society.

 

g.         Motivate its members to provide financial support for the Congregation's ministry and the ministry of other parts of the NALC.

 

h.         Foster and participate in interdependent relationships with other Congregations, our Mission District and the NALC.

 

i.          Foster and participate in ecumenical relationships consistent with NALC  policy.

 

4.         This Congregation shall develop an organizational structure to be described in the bylaws.  The CAC shall prepare descriptions of the responsibilities of each committee, task force, or other organizational groups and shall review their actions.  Such description shall be contained in the bylaws or the policies of the CAC.

 

SECTION 4.                          Church Affiliation

 

1.         This Congregation acknowledges its relationship with the NALC in which:

 

a.         This Congregation agrees to be responsible for its life as a Christian community.

 

b.         This Congregation pledges its financial support and participation in the life and mission of the NALC.

 

c.         This Congregation agrees to call Pastoral leadership from the clergy roster of the             NALC in accordance with its call procedures, except in special circumstances and with the approval of the NALC.

 

d.         This Congregation agrees to consider associates in ministry for appointment to other staff positions in the Congregation according to the procedures of the NALC.

 

e.         Any amendments to the Constitution shall be sent by the Secretary of this Congregation to our Mission District. The amendment shall become effective within 120 days from the date of the receipt of the notice by our Mission District unless our Mission District informs this Congregation that the amendment is in conflict with the constitution and bylaws of the NALC, or the constitution of our Mission District

 

2.         Affiliation with the NALC may be terminated as follows:

 

a.         This Congregation takes action to dissolve.

 

b.         This Congregation ceases to exist.

 

c.         This Congregation is removed from membership in the NALC according to the procedures for discipline of the NALC.

 

d.         This Congregation follows the procedures outlined in SECTION 4, number 3.

 

3.         This Congregation may terminate its relationship with the NALC by the following procedure:

 

a.         The NALC shall be notified of a meeting of this Congregation that will take action on a resolution to terminate its relationship, at least ninety (90) days in advance.

 

b.         A resolution indicating the desire of this Congregation to terminate its relationship must be adopted at a legally called and conducted meeting of this Congregation by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the voting members present and voting.

 

c.         The Secretary of this Congregation shall submit a copy of the resolution to our Mission District and shall mail a copy of the resolution to voting members of the Congregation.  This notice shall be submitted within ten (10) days after the resolution has been adopted.

 

d.         The Dean of our Mission District may consult with this Congregation during a period of at least ninety (90) days.

 

e.         If this Congregation, after consultation, still desires to terminate its relationship, such action may be taken at a legally called and conducted meeting of this Congregation by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the voting members present and voting. Notice of the meeting shall be mailed to all voting members at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting.

 

f.          A certified copy of the resolution to terminate its relationship shall be sent to the Dean of our Mission District, at which time the relationship between this Congregation and NALC shall be terminated.

 

4.         If this Congregation is considering relocation, it shall confer with the Dean of our Mission District in which it is territorially located before any steps are taken leading to such action.

 

SECTION 5.                          Powers of the Congregation

 

1.         The powers of this Congregation are those necessary to fulfill its purpose.

 

2.         The powers of this Congregation are vested in the Congregational Meeting called and conducted as provided in the Constitution and Bylaws.

 

3.         Only such authority as is delegated to the CAC or other organizational units in the Congregation's governing documents is recognized.  All remaining authority is retained by the Congregation.  This Congregation is authorized to:

 

a.         call a Pastor as provided in ARTICLE IX in the Constitution and  SECTION 9 in these Bylaws;

 

b.         terminate the call of a Pastor as provided in SECTION 9 in these Bylaws;

 

c.         appoint or terminate the appointment of associates in ministry in conformity with the applicable policy of the NALC:

 

d.         approve the annual budget;

 

e.         acquire real and personal property by gift, devise, purchase, or other lawful means;

 

f.          hold title to and use its property for any and all activities consistent with its purpose;

 

g.         sell, mortgage, lease, transfer, or otherwise dispose of its property by any lawful means;

 

h.         elect its CAC, boards, and committees, as necessary and require them to carry out their duties in accordance with the Constitution, and Bylaws;

 

i.          terminate its relationship with the NALC as provided in ARTICLE IV of the constitution and SECTION 4 of the bylaws.

 

SECTION 6.                          Membership

 

1.         Admission to baptized membership:

 

a.         Children, one or both of whose parents or guardians are members of this Congregation, shall, upon receiving Christian baptism, be received as baptized members of this Congregation.

 

b.         Children neither of whose parents or guardians are members of this Congregation, shall, upon Christian baptism duly recorded as a ministerial act performed under the auspices of this Congregation, be received as baptized members of this Congregation unless there is understanding that, for good reason, they will be enrolled as baptized members of another Congregation, in which case, notice of the baptism shall be sent to the Congregation in which the child is to be enrolled as a baptized member.

 

c.         Children baptized in other Congregations shall be received as baptized members of this Congregation upon admission of one or both parents or guardians to membership, or by consent of one or both parents or guardians, or by action of the CAC.

 

d.         Unbaptized adults who have received instruction and have given evidence of having an adequate understanding and acceptance of the teachings of the Word of God as confessed by the Lutheran Church, shall, upon confession of faith and Christian baptism duly recorded as a ministerial act performed under the auspices of this Congregation, be received as baptized members of this Congregation.

 

2.         Admission to confirmed membership:

 

a.         Baptized adults, not previously members of the Congregation who have received instruction and have given evidence of having adequate understanding and acceptance of the teachings of the Word of God as confessed by the Lutheran Church, shall be admitted to confirmed membership through the rite of Confirmation.

 

b.         However, adults received as baptized members according to the provisions of SECTION 6, number 1d of the Bylaws shall be recognized as confirmed members, whether or not at the discretion of the Pastor,  they have participated in the rite of Confirmation.

 

c.         Children who are baptized members of this Congregation shall be admitted to confirmed membership through proper instruction and participation in the rite of Confirmation.

 

d.         Applicants for membership presenting letters of transfer showing them to be confirmed members in good standing in other Lutheran Congregations shall be admitted to confirmed membership upon acceptance of their letter of transfer by the CAC and the report of their names to the Congregation.

 

e.         Applicants for membership who present evidence of confirmation in a Lutheran Congregation, but do not have letter of  transfer, shall be admitted to confirmed membership when the CAC has determined that they meet the standards of Christian faith and life indicated in the Constitution and Bylaws and when they have reaffirmed their faith before the Congregation.

 

3.         Discontinuance of members:

 

a.         Members who have moved away shall be encouraged to transfer their membership.  Confirmed members in good standing desiring to change their membership to another Lutheran Congregation shall upon request, receive a letter of transfer.

 

b.         A confirmed member who, in the judgment of the CAC, shows no interest in attending church services and does not partake of Holy Communion, and who does not contribute to the treasury (according to the Congregation's records) for a period of two (2) years, may be contacted by the Pastor and/or a representative of the Congregation concerning restoring active membership.  Such a person will be encouraged to take part in the Congregational life, or transfer elsewhere as the situation may indicate to be advisable. It is the duty of this Congregation to continue to reach out to restore active membership.

 

c.         Members who have been dismissed, or who have resigned, and members who have transferred to other Lutheran Congregations, or who are definitely known to have become members of other Congregations without transfer, have thereby surrendered their membership rights in the Congregation.

 

d.         Children, neither of whose parents or guardians are active members of the Congregation, shall be dropped from the baptized membership roll if they fail to participate in the Christian education program of the Congregation.

 

  1. Such persons who have been removed from the roll of members, (because of resignation, disciplinary action, or who fail to participate in the Christian education program of this congregation,) shall remain persons for whom the Church has a continuing concern.

     

  2. Associate Membership – Associate members are persons holding membership in other Lutheran (Christian) congregations who wish to retain such membership but desire to participate in the life and mission of this congregation, or persons who wish to retain a relationship with this congregation while being members of others congregations.They have all the privileges and duties of membership except voting rights and eligibility for elected offices or membership on the Congregation Council of this congregation.

     

    SECTION 7.                          Discipline of Members

     

    1.         Denial of the Christian faith as described in the Constitution and Bylaws, conduct grossly unbecoming a member of the Church of Christ, or persistent trouble-making in this Congregation are sufficient cause for discipline of a member.  Following Jesus example of Love and Grace, reconciliation will be attempted using Matthew 18: 15-18, proceeding through these successive steps:

     

                a.         private admonition by the Pastor

     

                b.         admonition by the Pastor in the presence of two (2) or three (3) witnesses             and

     

                c.         citation to appear before the CAC.

     

     

    2.         Disciplinary actions may be reconsidered and revoked by the CAC upon receipt of:

     

                a.         evidence that injustice has been done, or

     

                b.         evidence of repentance and amendment.

     

    SECTION 8.                          The Church Administration Council (CAC)

     

    1.         The CAC shall have general oversight of the life and activities of this Congregation, and in particular, its worship life, to the end that everything be done            in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the NALC. The duties of the CAC shall include the following:

     

    a.         To lead this Congregation in stating its mission, to do long-range planning, to set goals and priorities, and to evaluate its activities in light of its mission and goals.

     

    b.         To seek to involve all members of this Congregation in worship, learning, witness, service, and support.

     

    c.         To oversee and provide for the administration of this Congregation to enable it to fulfill its functions and perform its mission.

     

    d.         To maintain supportive relationships with the Pastor(s) and staff and help them annually to evaluate the fulfillment of their calling, appointment, or employment.

     

    e.         To be examples individually and corporately of the style of life and ministry expected of all baptized persons.

     

    f.          To promote a Congregational climate of peace and goodwill and, as differences and conflicts arise, to endeavor to foster mutual understanding.

     

    g.         To arrange for Pastoral service during the sickness or absence of the Pastor.

     

    h.         To emphasize partnership with our Mission District and the NALC, as well as cooperation with other Congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran, subject to established policies of our Mission District and the NALC.

     

    i.          To recommend and encourage the use of program resources produced or approved by the NALC.

     

    j.          To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel.

     

    k.         To appoint, from among its voting membership, layperson(s) to serve as official voting lay delegate(s) and alternate(s) to the NALC Convocation as well as persons to represent it at meetings of any conference, cluster, coalition, or other area subdivision of which it is a member. The number of persons to be elected by this congregation and other qualifications shall be prescribed in guidelines established by the NALC.

     

    2.         The CAC shall be responsible for the financial and property matters of this Congregation.

     

    a.         The CAC shall be the Board of Trustees of this Congregation, and as such shall be responsible for maintaining and protecting its property and the management of its business and fiscal affairs.  It shall have the powers and be subject to the obligations that pertain to such boards under the laws of the State of Ohio, except as otherwise provided herein.

     

    b.         The CAC shall not have the authority to buy, sell, or encumber real property unless specifically authorized to do so by a meeting of the Congregation.

     

    c.         The CAC may enter into contracts of up to $8,000 annually for items not included in the budget.  Under emergency conditions such as broken water heater or furnace, CAC may exceed $8,000 to protect Church property.

     

    d.         The CAC shall prepare an annual budget for adoption by this Congregation, and shall supervise the expenditure of funds in accordance therewith following its adoption.  The budget shall include this Congregation's support of the wider ministry being carried on in partnership with the NALC.

     

    e.         The CAC shall be responsible for this Congregation's investments and its total insurance program.

     

    3.         The CAC shall see that the provisions of the Constitution, these Bylaws, and enabling resolutions are carried out.

     

    4.         The CAC shall provide for an annual review of the membership roster.

     

    5.         The CAC shall be responsible for the appointment and supervision of the salaried lay personnel of this Congregation.

     

    6.         The CAC shall submit a comprehensive report to this Congregation at the annual meeting.

     

    7.         The CAC shall normally meet once a month at such time and place as is designated by the CAC.  Special meetings may be called by the Pastor or the President, and shall be called at the request of at least three (3) members of the CAC.  Notice of each special meeting shall be given to all who are entitled to be present and announced to the Congregation ahead of time.

     

    8.         The Annual CAC meeting shall be held in January after the planning session(s) following election in December of the new CAC.  Due to holiday schedules and family activities, this meeting could be later in the month than regularly monthly CAC meetings.  During this meeting, voting on officers, CAC members committee assignments, and appointment of committee members keeping in mind their gifts and talents.

     

    9.         CAC, new and continuing, members shall be publicly installed by the Pastor by the last Sunday in December.

     

    SECTION 9.                          The Pastor

     

    1.         Authority to call a Pastor shall be in this Congregation by at least a two-thirds (2/3) majority ballot vote of members present and voting at a meeting regularly called for that purpose.  Before a call is issued, the officers, or a call committee appointed by the CAC, shall seek the advice and help of the Dean of our Mission District.

     

    2.         After the Congregation has elected a Pastor, a written Call which would include the specific duties of the Pastor, compensation, and other matters pertaining to the service of the Pastor, shall be signed by the members of the Call Committee, attested to by the President of the Congregation, and approved by the NALC shall be transmitted to the Pastor Elect.

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