The Congregation Council shall consist of the six members elected by the congregation. Any voting member of the congregation may be elected, subject to the limit of two terms. A member’s place on the Council shall be declared vacant if the member ceases to be a voting member of this congregation or resigns. In the event of the resignation of a Council member, a new team leader shall be appointed by the Congregation Council to serve on the Council until the next election.
The members of the Congregation Council shall be elected at a legally called meeting of the congregation during the months of October or November. Their term of office shall be two years beginning on January 1 and ending on December 31. Newly elected Congregation Council members shall be installed at a worship service prior to the January meeting. Members of the Council shall be elected to serve as a specific team liaison to the Council, and may serve as chair of that team.
The Congregation Council shall have general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The duties of the Congregation Council shall include the following:
a. To lead this congregation in stating its mission, to oversee 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 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 long term sickness or absence of the pastor.
h. To emphasize partnership with the synod and churchwide organization of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as well as cooperation with other congregations, both Lutheran and non-Lutheran, subject to established policies of the synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
i. To seek out and encourage qualified persons to prepare for the ministry of the Gospel.
j. To recruit delegates from the congregation to attend Synod Assembly.
The Congregation Council shall see that the provisions of the constitution, bylaws, and continuing resolutions are carried out.
The Congregation Council shall be responsible for the employment and supervision of the salaried lay workers of the congregation.
The Congregation Council shall oversee the completion of a comprehensive report by each ministry team to this congregation at the annual meeting.
The Congregation Council shall meet once a month unless otherwise specified. Special meetings may be called by the pastor or president at the request of at least one-half of the Council members. Notice of each special meeting shall be given to all who are entitled to be present.
A quorum for the transaction of business shall consist of a majority of these members of the Congregation Council.