Our elected leadership team is empowered to make decisions that advance our stated mission and guide us toward our vision.
Don Baxter, VP
John Mudge, Secretary
Bob Ellingwood, Treasurer
Pastor Gary Larson
Pastor Ruth Larson
Our Process of Decision Making
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourself. Let each of you look not only to your own interest, but to the interests of others.– Philippians 2:3-4
Every member of Trinity Lutheran Church has a role to play in the life of the church and in the decision making process. It is expected that the staff, the elected leaders and the members of Trinity will work in harmony to create a loving atmosphere and shape a positive vision for our future. We can best do this with conviction and broad support when we share a common understanding and a mutually supported set of values.
Expectation Of Council
When we elect a congregation council at our annual meeting we empower them to act and we trust them to make all necessary decisions in accordance with the Word of God and the constitution of our congregation. Our leaders are expected to make well informed, thoughtful and Christ centered decisions. We expect our elected leaders to be grounded in prayer and love. They are expected to listen, to inform and to faithfully lead our church.
Our constitution ensures that, through specified terms of office, we will have ongoing change in our leadership positions.
Expectations of Members
It is also the responsibility of each member to get informed on issues and opportunities that need to be decided by the assembled congregation and to cast thoughtful and prayerful votes at congregational meetings. We all have certain desires and perspectives. As such, we may not all agree on every matter before us. However, if a congregational vote establishes a decision or direction it is expected that all members will accept the decision with hope and good cheer.
It is expected that every person will find constructive, positive and supportive ways to move forward from any congregational decision.
At least once each year the congregation meets to conduct business, elect new council members (the pastor is automatically and permanently a member of the council) and establish a budget for the council to use as they endeavor to guide and prosper the work of our church.
Periodically the congregation meets to decide other vital matters such as calling a new pastor, selling property, buying property, borrowing money or making other major decisions.
Council meetings are held once a month. All members are welcome to attend the meetings, but if you would like to bring something up at the meeting we ask that you contact the secretary a week before the meeting so that you can be put on the agenda.