Spiritual Life Board Governing Bylaws
Constitution Article 2: Confession
This congregation accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired and revealed Word of God, the only rule and norm of faith and practice, and all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord of the year 1580, as the correct presentation and true exposition of Christian doctrine drawn from the Holy Scriptures, namely:
- The Three Ecumenical Creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed
- The unaltered Augsburg Confession
- The Apology of the Augsburg Confession
- The Smalcald Articles
- Luther’s Large Catechism
- Luther’s Small Catechism
- The Formula of Concord
No doctrine or practice in conflict, or inconsistent, with the above norms of our faith and life shall be taught or tolerated in this congregation.
BYLAWS: Job description
The Spiritual Life Board (SLB) has special concern of the spiritual life and shepherding of the congregational members, individually and corporately, for the proper conduct of Divine services, for church discipline, and for furtherance of Christ’s kingdom. To that end the board shall:
- Stand ready at all times to support the called professional staff in their ministry. By word and action, board members shall encourage them in their work and pray for them, both collectively and individually.
- Be concerned about the spiritual, emotional, and physical health and welfare of the called professional staff and their families (adequate compensation, housing, free time, vacation, assistance in times of illness, etc).
- Develop and maintain a realistic salary schedule for the called professional staff based on living costs, provision for emergencies, health care and retirement, dignity of calling, and compensation of others in comparable fields with equal educational requirements.
- Receive and review a monthly report of the called professional staff activities and evaluate their service(s).
- Counsel and guide members in the spirit of Christian love, and establish a personal calling program for those who are neglecting means of grace and who fail to share in the support of the congregational endeavors.
- Be responsible, with the pastor, for arranging pastoral assistance, guest speakers and special services.
- Oversee the music for all services and cooperate with the organist/pianist, choir director, choir members, worship band director, and band members in maintaining high Christian standards for all services.
- Supervise the altar guild and encourage their members to achieve the objectives of the congregation.
- Supervise the work of the ushers and cooperate with them in maintaining church decorum at all services.
- Establish a call committee, in case of pastoral vacancy, to prepare a list of potential candidates for office of pastor. The board shall present the list ot the Church Council and then to the congregation for final approval.
- Oversee and approve the youth and adult confirmation programs of the church as presented by the pastor.
- Maintain a list of specifically approved memorials and gifts (such as works of art, paintings, windows, chancel furniture, worship aids, etc.) from which donors may select. The disposition of cash received for personal memorials shall be rdesignated by the family. Approval by this board and by the Church Council shall be required before works of art, church furniture or worship aids may be placed in the church. In the absence of disbursement direction from the family, the Church Council will be responsible for determining fund distribution.
- Determine and supervise, in accordance with the pastor, the duties of the office of administrative employee (s).
- Submit to the Stewardship Board, in appropriate form and at the time requested, a budget request for the coming year’s work.